Am I trying to be too cute with my blog titles? Hmmm….
What I’m alluding to are some things in my jewelry making that need to see the light of day. These have been tucked away for awhile, partly because they show just how much I need to learn to bring my skills to a new level.
Two bezel settings are first up. These are from a jewelry class that ended last spring. I am self aware enough to know that there are some big problems with them, especially in the finishing department. Having reenrolled in two session for this spring, my goals are to used these two pieces to really work on filing, sanding, and polishing. They still won’t be up to snuff because of some soldering boo-boos, but they can still serve as practice pieces. There are a few “waves and knicks” in the bezel edge on the coral piece and the decorative beading on the Czech glass piece is not butted up to the bezel in places. And a little blob of too much solder on the right side of the bail. A date with the sanding wheel is in its future!
I have a gorgeous labradorite cabochon waiting in the wings, so I want to be more skilled when I tackle that one.
I show you the back so you can see what lies ahead…all those scratches! Can I get these to a mirror finish?
We shall see…
Next up is my first effort with a prong setting…
After watching a video, I thought “Well, that looks pretty easy and within my skill set”. But as sometimes happens, instead of starting with a simple project, my brain takes on grandiose plans with something I’ve never actually tried before. Does that ever happen to you? I do this with recipes I’ve never made before too. Adding ingredients, or worse yet…substituting ingredients because I want to make it NOW and don’t exactly have the right things in my pantry.
While at a local bead shop, I honestly did look for a simple cabochon to try out prong setting. When what to my wandering eyes should appear…but a big tray of these gorgeous Lapis Lazuli carved beads.
And there it begins…
I already had a small stash of these Tibetan beads I’d been saving for “the perfect project”.
In my head, I see a beautifully finished chain of polished, hammered sterling rings and these lovely colored stone beads. Oh, yeah!
Here was the plan…following the video tutorial from Beaducation, make a base from 16 gauge sterling wire.
Mark out the placement of the prongs, cut pieces from 18 gauge wire, and solder into place.
Check…uh…these prongs were looking way too flimsy for this stone. My class teacher suggested one option of bending each prong into a U shape. Good thing I had cut the wire extra long. Maybe a possibility. Or cut them off, file and sand the base smooth again and cut the prongs from 16 gauge wire.
Also need to solder a U shaped bail at the top.
So, what to do? Not sure yet…still thinking. Stay tuned…