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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spinner Ring


I made this ring for my sister for her birthday this year. I decided that I would take pictures of the process as I made the ring. This is the first time I have ever taken pictures of my process, so I think I may have skipped some steps and am not sure that it will be all that clear...here is the final ring....

I started with a single sheet of sterling silver. I cut my measured portion and then I stamped inside a saying that I thought fit the relationship between my big sis and I. "I'm smiling because you're my sister. I'm laughing because there's nothing you can do about it." I then formed the sheet into a circle on my ring mandrel. Made sure the seam of the ring was even and soldered.



Once I had the seam soldered, I had to pickle it. Pickling is a way to remove firescale (the yucky
mess you see above in the last picture). It is an acid bath you stick your sterling into and it takes 
the gross firescale off. After that, I hammered the edges into a flare, then bent them back onto themselves
(like rolling a shirt cuff) and hammered them down. I then hammered the ring to give it texture.
Next I added three spinning rings. Two of plain sterling bands and one of a twisted sterling wire. I soldered the rings around the band (so they move freely) and put the ring back into the pickle. See how
clean the pickle makes it?


The ring then gets filed and sanded to make sure there are no rough edges and to remove dirt and debri from it. After sanding and filing, it goes into a liver of sulfer bath to give it a dark patina (to turn it black).
Once out of the LOS, it gets a little shine and I remove the patina that I don't want on the ring with some steel wool. When its ready, I put it in the tumbler and tumble for a couple of hours. The tumbler shines and hardens the silver so it is less likely to bend or break.



Once out of the tumbler, the ring is shiny and ready to go! 
I took pictures, packed it up and shipped it off! Hope you love it sis!

My workspace

My workspace is just in my dining room and garage for now. I am on the lookout for the perfect work bench. Problem is that I know exactly what I want.....and can't find it. For now I am fine working half in the house and half in the garage. Keeps me closer to the family when I am working. Although it creates a nasty mess in the dining room :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Neglected

So I realized that I have seriously neglected this blog. Once I had my website established, I didn't think I needed the blog. But now I think it would be great to show the process behind a lot of my work...so upcoming posts are.....my sad little workspace...pictures of items in process, not just the finished product.

Sometimes customers have no idea how much work goes into a piece.....I hope to be able to show you some of the behind the scenes images.

Workshop with Khobe from studiometalwork

I had the amazing opportunity to go to Long Beach this weekend and take a wonderful class on tension setting rings. It was much harder than I thought it would be. Quite an amount of attention needed when dealing with the tiny details.

Khobes studio is amazing, probably what we all dream of!
Here are the rings that we made. They are pretty cool!

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Romantic Pink Druzy Quartz Necklace-SOLD


This is what I have been working on the last two days. Its a pink druzy agate necklace. The stone
is much more beautiful than pictures can relate. I hand set this in fine silver bezel and then soldered to 
a sterling silver sheet. For the finishing touches, I scalloped the sheet to match the bezel.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Desert Sun Banded Agate Necklace