Part 3 15 August 2012
My challenge for last weekend was to jump in the deep end and solder bezel settings onto rings. I had done some practice soldering rings from copper but hadn't tried using more expensive metal so I started off my adventure using 8g half round sterling silver wire and made a number of rings for myself.
What I really wanted to do though was solder a bezel setting onto a ring. I had a few purchased bezel settings so I thought I would prefer to ruin them rat...
Part 2 August 2012
I chose a poppy jasper and morrisonite cabochon for this piece.
I designed on paper then made a template out of cardboard
including the jump rings, to check balance, size and appearance.
I textured the round piece of silver plate using a hammer then decided I preferred
it plain. My solution was to use this as a feature on the back of the piece instead.
The silver plate was fil...
Part 1 ~ 24th July 2012
The thing I love about jewellery making is that there is so much more to learn. I am 54 years old and I figure I have at least 20 more years of good eye sight, hands that work and a brain that can follow instruction left. That is an awesome amount of time for creativity, new discovery and exploration.
So today is the beginning...Soldering is my new challenge and I was excited to read in Lapidary Journal Dec 2009 Helen Driggs advice to practice making the four bas...
"One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the ...