Is it possible that this is my bench? This organized, clean, ready to make wonderful things, bench?
I think it is.
What to do with those left overs.
That pile of, what can I do with all this scrap silver, stuff.
That, I know I can send it back to RioGrande to get credit but I can’t be bothered, stuff.
Because it’s so much more fun to play with my flame throwing torch thing.
And make pretty cool, very hot, silver balls instead.
Remember I told you about Willow. How she doesn’t like my studio, and can never settle?
Well, here she is staring at me, imploringly, because it was too cold to keep the studio doors open, and she just barked constantly if I let her stay outside.
She wasn’t interested in the, now cooled down, molten silver ball.
She just wanted out of there.
So, what to do now with the newly formed, just hanging around for the next adventure, blob of silver?
Well I decided to roll it through my rolling mill until it became a nice big round disc.
This one turned out just under 1″ in diameter, and is about 2mm thick.
I then found two small stones that I liked from my stash – which is getting a little out of control, but we won’t talk about that.
And wrapped them in bezel wire.
I then soldered the bezel wire into collars for the stones.
And voilà! The stones fit!
Next I cut a design in the silver disc being careful to keep it within the circumference of the bezel collar to be soldered to it.
As Willow watched, imploringly.
Then I soldered the two bezel collars; one onto the left over silver disc, the other onto a small piece of sheet silver.
During which Willow changed positions, to more comfortably stare at me imploringly.
I placed the stones back into the bezels to see if they still fit, and was, as I am always, pleasantly surprised that they did.
(She’s just being pitiful now.)
Next step. Trying to ignore Willow, I filed down the sides of the second bezel collar flush to the backing. You’ll notice that it’s nigh on impossible to keep a well manicured hand if you choose to make jewelry. Don’t judge me! I do it for art.
(Now it’s getting just a tad creepy.)
And then I filed smooth the solder joint of the first bezel.
Is she finally settled?
She still looks a bit put out to me, but at least the staring has stopped.
This is a bit of a fuzzy photo, sorry, but I next soldered a little loop on the top of the second bezel.
And then soldered another ring through that one, and onto the left over silver disc.
That’s a bit tricky for me as invariably something unsolders itself when I’m not paying attention.
This time it was o.k., however, and now there’s no way those rings are opening.
(I forgot to photograph it, but I then popped a small silver ball on the bottom.)
(See that bench? Still clean. It’s all a little, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Spooky.)
All that was left was to file down the bezel collars to the best height for the stones.
Push the collar over onto the sloping side of the stone with the bezel pusher.
And finally, after only a few cuss words when the bezel pusher slipped once too often – the finished item.
Here it is cleaned up.
As usual, I’m not sure that I like it, but it does look somewhat better than the scrap heap I started with.
My biggest problem in jewelry making is finishing it. I never quite like the look I get at the end. Sometimes it turns out fine, other times I feel as though it’s just a little off.
One day I’m going to be super good at all this stuff.