Jade Stud Earrings

September 27, 2019

Soldering those little pieces can be such a juggle...

but sometimes the solder flows perfectly!!!

Posts on, a pre-polish and oxidize, and ready to set!

And here they are all finished!

Making labradorite earrings

September 23, 2019

Sold an hour after finishing these! I didn't even get a chance to take some decent photos. 

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Soldering a ring band onto a stone setting

September 23, 2019

Setting up the ring for soldering. It's a fine balance. Drawing lines with a fine sharpie pen helps me check that the band stays in the correct position when the flux starts to heat up and bubble.

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Making an Amethyst Ring

April 7, 2016
I thought I would post some progress shots as I make another amethyst ring. You can see here my faceted amethyst cabochon, 20g silver sheet, gallery wire and 1.6mm silver wire oval ring. 

I prepare the gallery wire and oval ring by sanding the bottoms flat on 400 grit emery paper. Everything then gets assembled. I find it easier soldering everything at once. Occasionally I need to go back and add some more solder if there are gaps anywhere around the edge of the oval wire ring. You will notice...
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On My Bench Today

July 29, 2015
I have been thinking for a while about making wide ring bands by layering rings with different texture together so today I tried a few ways of preparing the rings for soldering. I had in mind holding the rings together with binding wire and adding the solder chips between the rings on the inside of the ring to solder. I couldn't seem to get that to work though. The rings wouldn't stay securely in place despite tightening the binding wire as much as possible.What I finally did was place tiny h...
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Tips and Tricks - Finding the Centre of a Round Disc

July 3, 2015

Have you ever wondered how to find the centre of a disc? There are a few tools out there to help you but I have found this simple method to be very easy. All you need is a see through template that has a grid printed on it. I had this one left over from my patchworking days. I drilled a hole where the lines intersect then placed the disc underneath the template lining up the sides withing the grid markings.

With a Sharpie pen, draw a mark through the hole that you have drilled.

Voila! You have ...
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Tips & Tricks - Using Two Part Epoxy

June 17, 2015
A little trick given to me from a jeweller in Melbourne. Mix the two part epoxy on a piece of paper with a toothpick then leave it in the glue after use. The glue has dried on your piece of jewellery when the toothpick cannot be removed from the paper. I know!!!!!!! Such a simple, logical idea and saves wiggling the piece and upsetting the connection. Now why didn't I think of that :(

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I Have fallen in love with Prehnite

June 17, 2015
From the moment I received these prehnite stones my mind was full of possibilities - I love the cool colour and the simple shape and could visualize a brushed finish on the silver to contrast with the transluscent stone. I started with simple stud earrings and then added to the collection. I finally completed the ring yesterday:

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On my bench this week!

May 14, 2015
It has been a creative week in the studio. I received some gorgeous labradorite teardrops recently and made this ring a few weeks ago. Earrings and a pendant design started to emerge in my head.

I made some fine silver balls and stamped them with these flower images to use as embellishments for the earrings and pendant. Dental floss is a must when checking the fit of the stones!

It has taken me a long time to be confident about soldering posts onto the back of earrings. I am sorry I didn't take...
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Making a Specialized Bezel Pusher or Foot Tool

July 28, 2014

Setting stones that lie close together, or that are close to embellishments, require a specialized tool that you can easily make in your studio.

This is what we will be making: A bezel pusher or foot tool with handle.

First of all, you need a nail that is approximately 3 to 4 inches in length (8 to 10cm) and 0.175 inch (4.5mm) diameter and a wooden tool handle. I prefer round handles.

Imagine the final length you would like the bezel pusher to be once the nail is in the handle, and mark with a ...
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