Thursday, August 02, 2007

Jewelry from the Silversmithing Class

Well first let me say, this did NOT come naturally to me, but it intrigues me and I can see where I'd use certain things in my work. It's going to take a lot more than a weekend for me to get any good at this.

First up is a Big A** Ring. The cabachon is natural chalcedony, and was meant to go into a pendant, but there was a mishap with my understanding of what to cut with the saw and what NOT to cut with the saw, so it became a ring. A BIG ring. A fun, diva ring, but a BIG ring. And to insult to stupidity, I wasn't paying attention and set the stone in the wrong direction -- I wanted the wide part it up and down, not horizontal. Oh well. My bezel is horrid, it was NOT easy and burnishing, I have a lot to learn.

Second is one that is kind of cool. It's a scarf pin, meant for large, chunky knits, because that pin will punch holes in anything else. I have to knit something to display it on (and sell it with). The heart is copper, the swirlies are soldered on sterling, and the pin part is sterling.

I'm not going to bother showing you the larimar pendant I made because I'm still not done with trying to get fire scale off it. This teacher doesn't like to use chemicals unless absolutely necessary (flux, obviously, has to be used) but doesn't use pickle. So all the fire scale, we had to sand off. And that was easier said than done. I have no idea what to do with that one piece.

And lastly, a piece that I made when I went home Saturday night -- it was inspired by the class, because I played around with what I could do to heavy-gauge wire (mill it, hammer it, etc). I'm mighty happy with it and am keeping it for myself for a while. Of course they're Jen's boro beads!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:08 PM

    Say what you will about your own work, I still think it's amazing!

    - Jen


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