Flowers and Swirls May 8, 2013
Last time I promised an update on the bezel earring project.
Before last night’s class, I experimented with a few sterling silver wire swirl designs,
hoping that one of them would be “The One” to use as an embellishment to the bezeled turquoise stones.
Just wasn’t sure if any of them would work with just one solder joint to hold them together.
Teacher Pam is such a great resource and encourager, but even she wasn’t sure my idea would work.
But, hey…where else am I going to be able to try out new ideas!
At her suggestion, I did a bit of filing some flat edges on both the swirl bottom and bezel top.
Solder only flows with solidly touching pieces.
Even using easy solder, I was so nervous that I would melt the thin fine silver bezel before the solder flowed.
To my great relief and joy, it worked!
The swirly designs that made the final cut was made from 14 gauge wire.
Hammered, filed, and textured with my brand new brass texture plates
that arrived in the mail on Saturday. Love them!
I still have to figure out some cool ear wires to hang these beauties on
and also decide if I want to oxidize the swirls.
Although these two swirl designs didn’t make the cut for this project,
I think they’ll be very happy in some other earrings.
Ordered from Forgeron Tools and Jewelry Supply.
Some textured, domed, and oxidized copper discs in this lovely floral pattern.
Textured these elongated copper washers (spent some time in the rolling mill).
Can’t wait to see what oxidizing does to bring out the beauty of the patterns.
Oh, and if you could use a Cuteness Fix today, I took this shot this morning of the baby hummers.
They are quickly filling up the nest!