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29 January 2009 @ 09:50 am
You knew one of these was coming, right? After I said I was going to play with my torch last night. The good news is, my soldering adventures proved more successful than they ever have before. that silversmithing class has already paid for itself a million times over in lowered blood pressure and frustration levels.

First, I redid my tourmaline ring. The bezel was coming apart from my previous attempt (which will never happen again, whoo-hoo!!)

Here is the old ring:

And here is the new and improved ring:

Compare the second pic of the new ring to the old ring - do you see how on the old ring, the bezel was barely seated on the base? You can actually see a line where they connect, which you shouldn't! Not so with the new ring. :D

Yes, those are trees reflected in both rings, not strange shapes in the stones.

And now for the pendant I made last night. You guys, I am so excited and pleased with how this one turned out. I think I'll do the bail a little differently next time, but really, this is so beautiful in person I have no complaints. And it's absolutely solid - nothing coming off this piece, ever! It's also without a doubt, the most complicated soldered piece I've ever made, and the easiest, which is mind boggling to me:

I had lighting problems with this, probably because I was trying to get that rainbow moonstone to flash its blue on a wet and foggy morning. It does in person, but capturing that with a camera is tough. I might take some more pictures tonight, we'll see.

Truly, my crappy pictures don't do this piece justice. The rainbow moonstone had an almost magical quality set in the silver.

I MAY offer this one in my Etsy store. I keep going back and forth on it, but I do think it's my first soldered piece truly good enough to sell.

I am totally going to make myself a silversmithing icon, just as soon as I can snap an appropriate picture. :D
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on January 29th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
What BEAUTIFUL work!
The Teasemastertinylegacies on January 29th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, those are gorgeous pieces!!!

I don't suppose I could commission you to do an amethyst ring for my baby sister? She's graduating high school this year and that would be an excellent gift.
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 29th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! I have quite a few possibilities for style, though it would have to be silver, of course. I have a couple of different amethyst cabochons, currently. One is a deep purple the same size and shape as the tourmaline stone in the ring above, and another is the same size, but a much lighter stone that is faceted and round. Anyway, I'll e-mail you. :D
The Teasemaster: *sisterstinylegacies on January 29th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Please do!!!

And if you can give me some idea of the relative size, that would be good. My sister has tiny hands, so I wouldn't want something overwhelming.
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 29th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Do you know her ring size, by chance? I'll need it of course, but I was thinking for looking at proportions, I have tiny hands, too - my wedding ring is a size 4.75, if that gives you any idea. My friends can't fit any of my rings on their pinkies. :)
The Teasemastertinylegacies on January 29th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I don't. My mom is going to try to find out for me.
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: felinityeeksabaceanbabe on January 29th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, those are amazing and gorgeous!

Have you had a chance to do anything about those drop earrings we talked about around Christmas?
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 29th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! I'm going to get on gmail and IM you! I can't believe I forgot.
L.A.frenchroast on January 29th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
That pendant is gorgeous. I love that the balls don't go all the way around--makes it way cooler looking.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on January 29th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
SO Pretty!
Stephstephdub on January 29th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! Aren't silversmithing classes the best! I'm picking up a one off class tonight, and I feel like I haven't been in forever, I'm so excited!

Someone on etsy posted this link the other day - I haven't had a chance to go all through it, but it looks pretty amazing. It's a whole bunch of tips on how to photograph jewelry, gemstones, clothes, you name it.

soundingseasoundingsea on January 30th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Beautiful work. :)