This morning it rained while I was in class. I was choosing ring bands to use for the 5 bezel cups I'd made. This batch of rings I am especially proud of. I cut ALL of the stones I am using here! So.... I'd decided to go with a double half round silver band for the large green Jasper I cut. I'd split the edges of the dbl half round and open them up at bit. For the Turquoise ring I chose the decorative ring band with floral and swirls. The 3 little Big Sur Jade rings will have round wire bands. Two of them I ended up hammering facets on the bands.
After I made sure I got the ends of the ring bands flush with the back of the bezel, which took a bit of time, I was ready to solder them together. This took some patience and a few extra "third hands" (tweezers), to set up the bands on the bezel cup. Then one hopes all goes smoothly! LOL!
Well, some of them decided to be a bit fussy and one thought it would be cool to be offset (I could of sworn I got that lined up! gah..), so we (the fussy pieces and I) had to go back to the solder block and fix them up. For me, it's always good to solder even if it's a mistake, because it's just more practice at it.
After all that soldering, I tossed them in the pickle bath and went and chatted with some of the other classmates. I found others to be working on enameling, chasing and repousse, and forming bowls (I want to try that next!) from discs of copper.
My rings were ready to clean up from the pickle and work on getting some stones set in them.
I decided to do the large green Jasper ring first. It's always tricky when setting a ring with a split band. So I don't squish the split, I put it on a grooved ring mandrel and set it that way. I have learned that jewelers are very inventive when a task needs doing. LoL!
Time was running out for the day in class. I had just enough time to set the Turquoise stone as well. I took a quick picture of them while waiting on one of my kids.
So 2 out of 5 isn't bad! The rest I can easily finish up at home. It was really good productive day! Those kinds of days in the studio, whether at home or in class, really nourish my soul! Phew!
Hi! My name is Kelli Mayer and I am a Silversmith/Jewelry Artist, mom of two amazing kids and the wife of an amazing husband. Welcome to my journey of silversmith and making beautiful jewelry!