Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Workshop Wednesday

My 'Ruffled Series' rings were an absolute pleasure to create!
I loved the process of hammering away to create the textured edges.
So I continued with this series,
But added a new dimension.

The positive and negative.
An influence in my life,

Positive space and negative space,
in the jewellery sense.

Here is today's Workshop Wednesday:

Lovely minty green chrysoprase cabochon, design ready for sawpiercing

Sawpiercing from sterling silver (matching your nail polish to your stone of choice is a must!)

Those little cut out pieces can be used in new jewellery designs (it's got me thinking...)

Paper removed, looking good so far

Texturing the ruffled edges before soldering

Shaping the tapered ring band

Ready for soldering

Adding the oxidized patina before stone setting

My little flower stamp

Ready for stone setting!


And here are the final photos

And another in this series with a carnelian cabochon

There is a third ring just about finished, too.

They will be listed in my Etsy and Madeit shop this week!

Thank you for visiting the workshop!

--- Mariann ---

P.S. It was the coldest night last night in 3 years here in Melbourne.
And today was the coldest day in 11 years for the month of May!
The tops of the snow fields were blanketed with snow.
It'll be a bumper snow season!
I can't wait!

I did say it was cold, didn't I?


  1. Mariann ~

    Lovely design and your work is exquisite! You did a beautiful job chronicling your steps with your photographs, too. Thank you for sharing.

    A look into the workshop and on the bench of a jewelry designer/smithy is always interesting to me. It inspires.

    While we're getting set for hot 'shorts-wearing' weather, you're at the head of a distinguishing winter with the apparent potential for lots and lots of snuggling. Drag out the mackinaw and stay warm as toast!


  2. I'm loving these rings! Gorgeous saw piercing design and stones, the ruffled edges just set them off perfectly. Well done :)

  3. They turned out beautifully! Thank you for sharing your process, I just love seeing how other metalsmiths work.

  4. Lots and lots of snuggling indeed! It's still so cold! I wish I had a kiln for enameling to warm up the workshop even more.

    Now there's a plan!