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I Have fallen in love with Prehnite

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, In : Stone Setting 
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!

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Stone Setting 
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

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Monday, July 28, 2014, In : Stone Setting 

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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Flush Settings

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Sunday, June 22, 2014, In : Stone Setting 

I was inspired by Doug Napier's blog last week,
I did a flush setting rather than a bezel setting into a piece of square wire and discovered a trick that I have never thought of before. It worked a treat! In a flush setting, the stone sits a little lower in the metal than in a bezel setting. I was a having trouble filing a few scratches around the setting (it is very small!!!) so decided to paint the CZ with nail varnish so I coul...

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Today's Inspiration

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Friday, May 23, 2014, In : Stone Setting 
Gosh, my blogging ability is appalling. It has been too long since I have been here :(

My inspiration for this week has been this piece of Zen:

No 5 is the one calling me this week. Today I did just that - put a bit of space between things and I feel joyous and the creative juices are flowing.

My daughter has been home from her singing job travelling the world and she always inspires me. She has taken back a few of my pieces including this hematite ring:

I felt so inspired I made myself a turquo...
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My Stone Setting Course 2014

Posted by Robyn Anderson on Friday, April 18, 2014, In : Stone Setting 
My nine week stone setting course is now over and I thought I might post some photos of the projects we did:

  1. I think one of the most valuable thing I learned from this course was making my own tools to suit each job.

  2. This was the first ring, a sterling silver casting with a single stone setting. The scariest part of this setting was cutting the channel inside the setting with a hart bur. We soon became very proficient at using these burs. The plus side of cutting a channel rather than a seat f...

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