I hope everyone is feeling good about Fall coming. It's such a beautiful time of year. I know some of us are ready to pull out the warm sweaters and Ugg boots! I am! In a way! Here in California with the drought going on, we'd had enough of summer. Please bring on the rain! I know I'll have to bundle up twice as much to work at my jewelry bench soon with the cold weather, but it will be worth it if water falls from the sky!!!
I've gotten back into things now that the first few months of school is under my kids belts. Its an adjustment for the parents too. We have to get back into the swing of things for ourselves at the same time. I finally feel about there. I have been "there" a bit at my bench and have made some pretty things lately!
I'll show them off now :)
They are all taken, but I really wanted to show them off. I am really proud of them all. From Left -Right~ Old #8 Turquoise set in sterling silver with handmade twisted wire, silver balls and a heart. All made by me. Then you have a delicious Crazy Lace Agate with a hand stamped bezel. Yum! Then there's this gorgeous Feather Ridge Plume agate with handmade twisted wire and lots of Love!!
So there is little bit for now, but I must leave this computer and go do what I Love!!
Here is a little video I made for a friend about heating from underneath to get stubborn solder to flow. I mention in the video that I had already soldered this piece, but there was a gap. So that's what I'm doing is closing that gap and I was trying to do it before I put it in the pickle. That doesn't always work, but this time it did.
We do this for those times when heating above just doesn't work. It might be because of a thick backplate and to keep that hot, underneath is most likely to be more successful. Or it might be when you have embellishments, like flowers, leaves, feathers or silver balls. That is also a good way to get those guys to stay put.
Hi! My name is Kelli Mayer and I am a Silversmith/Jewelry & Lapidary Artist. Mom of two amazing kids and the wife of an amazing husband. Welcome to my journey of silversmithing and lapidary and making beautiful jewelry!