I was inspired by Doug Napier's blog last week, http://jewelrymonk.com/2014/06/13/day-13-small-bezels-setting/ 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 could running the metal over 600 and 1000 grit emery paper and check when I was getting too close to the stone. I was able to get the scratches out and I still had a painted CZ at the end. The nail polish came off easily with acetone.
Posted by Robyn Anderson. Posted In : Stone Setting
Posted by Robyn Anderson. Posted In : Inspiration
Here it is!!!! After much trial and error (and lots of frustration thrown into the chemical mix), here is my first successful etched piece. Unfortunately I only have this photo taken with my phone, so the clarity is poor.And after polishing...I am so happy with the final result :)
Posted by Robyn Anderson. Posted In : Etching
My checkout lady at my local supermarket shared this great tip. Cut a piece of straw and thread it onto your chain, then do up the clasp. This is great for travelling. Pop your chain in a snap lock bag or draw string organza bag and you will never have to worry about knots in your chain again.
Posted by Robyn Anderson. Posted In : Clever ideas
It dawned on me today that the way I work is to explore an idea until I can do no more, then I move on until the next inspiration comes. At the moment I am playing with chain maille ideas. I have really enjoyed chain maille right throughout my years of jewellery making but especially now that I am cutting my own rings.
I made this one recently. I had some soldered rings left over from a custom order so incorporated them into a byzantine weave. The weave I found the most difficult was Jen's ...
Posted by Robyn Anderson. Posted In : Chain Maille