Making all the things…tangent

I intended to continue with my crafty holiday making madness here on the blog but then I fell into the world of silversmithing and all other things drifted away.

It’s true that I can blow my bezel seams over and over again on a high migraine day but for the most part silversmithing is a place where the problems I encounter have readily available fixes and the results of my labor are stunning.

I’m 5 weeks into my training and I am loving every intensive second of it. Now when I see jewelry I deconstruct it with my eyes. When I see stones I imagine how I would tackle them. I finally feel as though I can DO something with my life, even though I can’t do all the things I’ve previously trained for.

Here is a photographic journey through some of the steps in my last piece:

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Here we have a fine silver bezel soldered onto a sterling back plate. 
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Choppa choppa choppa, we have a crude silver setting.
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After adding a handmade bail and wire we have an unpolished setting fit for it’s stone.
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With this lovely device we fit the stone into the bezel. Think of endlessly rocking your cranky child back to sleep in the middle of the night. It’s a lot like that. 
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Abracadabra! We have a pendant! 

Here is my further assembly of silver and pearl earrings.

 

So this is what has been occupying all my time this past month! I will try to get to another set of make your own holiday gift ideas here soon!

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2 thoughts on “Making all the things…tangent”

  1. Wow, I am impressed! I appreciate your photo journal of the process; I never would have believed that the starting piece would become the beautiful thing it is at the end. I really envy you and your pursuits of creative expression. *hugs* I’m glad to see you’re staying productive. 🙂

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