Thursday, December 4, 2008

Expanding My Comfort Zone

While I love to play with metal I've shied away from doing a lot of sawing and soldering. I don't have a great area in the house where it's easy to saw ... we set it up in the garage but it's cold out there! :)

But I got a bug in my booty last week with an idea for a ring using a gorgeous bright blue Topaz stone I bought a couple of weeks ago. This thing GLOWS.

I ordered a strip of sterling silver and dove in with my saw. I get sort of nervous when I do new things but I was determined to create this ring.

Using fine silver round wire, I soldered two circles together and hammered to get my size. 'Cause this ring is for me...did I mention that? *grin*

I created the bezel with fine silver bezel wire, a much harder task to do with a small stone than with a larger one. It kept moving around. Thankfully I managed to get a nice tight fit.

I wanted the light to be able to show through (from my finger? I know...illogical) so I also cut a hole in the piece of metal that form the bottom of the bezel. My fingers STILL hurt from the sawing and filing. I don't like filing.

But I'm thrilled with the results!!! I hope you like. This one is mine. =)

Maybe now I will keep working to saw metal. I do have a pendant with a gorgeous deep grey/purple Iolite tone that I'm working on next. It will be a pendant. =)


pamibe said...

That's just beautiful! Love the stone!

Kerrie Slade said...

It's fabulous - I wouldn't know where to start with something like that!

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Feel free to email me re. the pink ribbon thing ;)

Kerrie :)