I've made a decision.
I'll open my heart
When I sit at my workbench, you will be with me.
We will sit side by side,
whilst wires, stones and sheets of silver dance along the benchtop
and come to rest on our fingers, in our ears and near our hearts on a necklace.
This will be my offering,
my contribution to my fellow jewellers,
and the lovely friends I meet along the way.
Seeing the process,
and the result.
It's as though the jewellery making process is a sacred, guarded secret. But I want to share it with the world, a world that is so full of mechanically made, identical, quick-fix jewellery and components.
They have no meaning,
and no strength.
My aim is to let you see the handmade process,
and for you to share in the journey of each and every piece.
Care to join me?
Let's start with this pretty ring...
...it follows on from the picture in my previous post.
The components, the bezel and the ring shank were soldered.
The stone is now ready to be set in the ring
I created a bezel pusher from a nail head when I studied at NMIT.
It has been my trusty setting tool ever since.
The bezel pusher is pressed against the bezel at opposing sides of the stone until the bezel is nice and snug against the stone and the stone does not move within the setting.
A ring clamp holds the ring secure during setting.
A burnisher helps to smooth out the marks left from the bezel pusher.
I made this burnisher from the pointy end of a nail.
A quick sanding with fine emery paper helps to smooth out the bezel.
I use Jax Oxidizing solution to give the ring an antique finish.
Several coats are needed for a deep, black finish.
A quick rub with scotch brite helps to highlight the layers on the ring.
I like to use fine pumice powder and fine steel wool to soften the metal after the scotch brite.
The result is a lovely satin sheen on the silver.
Floret ring in sterling silver and chrysoprase.
This evening I will be adding more patina to this ring to really give it some serious definition.
It will then be photographed and listed for purchase tomorrow.
..all my love..
- Mariann -