The joy and anguish of my life.
In all its grubby self.
To take my mind off it being in the same room as me I bought it some new friends.
I got a 2x and it’s brilliant.
I was a bit doubtful at first, but it really is cool. I have to take it off when I’m soldering because it bumps into the fume extractor, and once or twice I pulled it down over my cheapo target magnifying glasses and had a little vertigo moment, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.
Don’t buy one if you don’t want to see every single mistake and botch up you’ve made on your jewelry.
It will send you into a funk.
I’m too excited to get the funk right now, but I’m telling you, at any other time I might well have given up making jewelry forever – again.
I also got a pair of half round pliers.
A special little wax stick thing for picking up stones.
A different kind of ring clamp.
Only it wasn’t the different kind of ring clamp I wanted.
I wanted a different kind of different kind of ring clamp.
One that holds the ring on the inside.
I’ll be checking out where to get this little gem later.
I also got a few different sizes of bezel wire to play around with, and some chain.
So that was my excitement for the day.
Here’s the better photograph I told you I’d take of my latest piece.
All finished and up on Etsy.
And a little something else I’m interested in doing.
Remember those charms I made using some of my left over silver.
Well, the left over silver just won’t stop coming.
I’ve a whole bowl of it just hanging around waiting for something to do.
I knew I could send it back to Rio for their recycling programme, but I wanted to do something special with it and the charms seemed perfect, but I also thought the charms needed their own role in life.
I’m happy to say that they have finally found their purpose.
A little school in Kenya :)
So while I’ll continue to send the money I make from selling my jewelry to the larger charities, all I make from the charms will go to the Roko 20 Academy.