Friday, August 30
I think the wire ring (top 2 images) was one of the first rings I ever made. When I took it into the shop where I buy my silver and showed John the owner, he politely told me that if I ever wanted to sell anything, that I should CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN the inner surfaces of a piece as much as the outside ones. I haven't forgotten that but I still haven't cleaned the insides of this one. Shows my impatience I guess.
The bottom image is of a raw amethyst which is an inch in length (2.5 cm) and that I've cradled in a wire setting. I'll need to further work the claws so they hug the stone more firmly and then I'll look at soldering the wire to a band. Or maybe...it'll become a pendant since a ring standing an inch high would be abit dumb.
Thursday, August 29
I'm not a technically minded person and I sometimes feel like throwing things when I can't do something simple on the computer like tweek my blog's template. Seemingly easy for some but it ain't working for me so...please bear with me as I work through these minor changes. My next jewelry project (which I cut the brass for this afternoon) will be a wrap ring for my sister. She's traveling through the UK and France (probably wondering through very cool shops, or sipping a lager in some centuries-old pub as I write this) so I need to get on that sooooon.
I set out to make a ring where the concave dome would rest on 3 posts which would stand on the band. But 3 posts looked dumb so I added 4 other posts around the perimeter of the original 3. And now it looks like it has legs. I'll treat this as a prototype but next time...those base posts will need to be refined and tapered. Onward and upward!
Wednesday, August 28
Tuesday, August 27
I've shown this bracelet before. I made it several months ago and when I took this photo I quite liked the look of it. But after sanding and polishing and actually wearing it I decided there was something not right about it. One of the copper elements was too thin in relation to the others. So...
Monday, August 26
Sunday, August 25
I've been working on a piece this afternoon and I'm not yet happy with it so...I'm going to post these images instead, taken last October in Australia. Are you yawning yet? Back to the studio and hopefully I'll have something to show you other than holiday photos with my next post.
A Melbourne back alley
Rock formation at the beach, Bateman's Bay in NSW
A nursery near Warrandyte, outside Melbourne
Saturday, August 24
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Wednesday, August 21
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Monday, August 19
Wednesday, August 14
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Monday, August 12
This 34" chain is finished with a wrapped brass toggle piece for abit of contrast and interest. Being that long the chain is versatile because you can wear it as shown here or you can wrap it twice closer to the neck, or you can put the toggle bar through any of the wider links and have the brass piece dangle. Versatility is what I think most people look for in any piece they purchase because they get more bang for their buck.
Friday, August 9
Top Photo : detail of an oxidized silver and copper necklace. I'm showing the detail because no matter what I do, I can't seem to take a good photograph of the entire piece. I'm waiting for my son to use his canon and a light box and if that ever happens, I may post the entire necklace one day.
The bottom instagram shot is of a large silver ring I'm still trying to properly sand and polish. I like chunky jewelry for sure!