I wake up every morning in the funk.
Man! I’m so over it now,
I took this photo last night to show you what’s on my, (I was going to say bench, but really it’s a table), and got excited enough to think about getting out of bed.
A bonus right there.
It’s one of my favourite stones.
First I make my drawing, and then I try to replicate it.
Sounds easy enough, right?, but apparently I get too excited and carried away to pay enough attention to want to follow it exactly …
That’s a lie people.
I always try to follow it exactly, but for some reason, I haven’t yet figured out how to make it work.
That’s not part of the funk by the way. I actually like trying to figure it out, and it even amuses me that I can’t do it.
In a frustratingly annoying way.
Now, I know there’s some really simple way to do it that I’m overlooking, but I haven’t quite found it yet and I hate wasting silver with my mistakes, hence the copper layer underneath the drilled silver, But, despite all my woes and frustrations I’m learning new things all the time.
And, I actually like the skewed version of this one. It seems to give it more interest.
Although I shouldn’t have enlarged the photo as now I see the copper area on the left is wider than the right and that’s really going to tick me off if I don’t stop looking at it.
So apparently, for me it’s not as simple as drawing out a template and cutting out the shapes to solder together as your sawing skills have to be annoyingly perfect and mine are just averagely perfect.
See that bit of silver on the top left that surrounds the bezel, that’s the problem right there.
I wanted to be able to build up the layers of design around the stone, so you see it wasn’t just as simple as soldering the bezel onto the sheet. And every time I tried to cut out the shapes separately they never quite fit as perfectly as I wanted them to around the bezel collar. Even with a template, and my super, let’s try to concentrate so hard your eyes pop out with the strain of it all, sawing attempts I always seem to get gaps between the bezel and the sheet.
This time (above) I soldered the bezel on the sheet and then cut away the bezel from the outside leaving the shape free, but I still have that tiny, annoyingly irritating, oh for heaven’s sake gap.
I think the solder may fill this in, but I’m determined one day not to have to worry about it.
You know what I really think.
I think I am just so concerned about wasting silver that I’m not leaving myself enough fiddle room.
And I need fiddle room.
Don’t get me wrong, this piece will turn out fine, (famous last words), and, as I mentioned before, I did end up offsetting the cabochon as I was playing around with it as I found it more interesting.
Perhaps I wasn’t meant to be a production jewelry maker (not that I ever thought of that as an option) as I really do enjoy making it all up as I go along, but it sure would be nice to be able to have the skills to be able to do something I set my mind on without making it so hard for myself.
Here is a little something I’ve been thinking about for a while now.
But have only just passed Stage Two of the adventure.
Purple Burro Creek Jasper.
Yes, my very own slab of rock!
Stage One was thinking about it. And I thought about it for a long time because lord knows I don’t need another hobby.
Stage Two was buying the slab. This one was cheap enough for me not to worry about messing it up – which, believe me, I will.
Stage Three will actually be getting it off its new shelf and looking at it for a good long while.
I can’t think beyond Stage Three at the moment …
I don’t want to get into having to buy a lot of new tools to do this. I already have a grinder, a wet saw thingy, and loads of books, but I might not be able to even think about moving on to Stage Four, which I can only imagine will be touching the slab, for a while yet.
So get the band aids out and stay tuned for my adventures into Lapidary.
If it ever happens.
And, lastly, some new stuff.
African Green Opal
My attempt at funky enamel charm things and turquoise.
Carnelian and Corel Fossil.
You know, I’m not sure that what I’ve written today makes any sense whatsoever, but it’s all I have.