More Bench Work
Back on April 20, I posted the story of making a ring from the client's inherited gem stones. I liked the overlap design so much that I made another and set it with one aquamarine. That sold as soon as I listed it. Still drawn to the possibilities of that style of shank, I decided to try another version. Here is how that went.
The first photos (also shown in April) outline the basics of creating the shank.
Sure glad I bought that pair of shaping pliers.
The tricky bit is getting the shank to round up on the mandrel — an easy chore when the ring is soldered shut but hard to do when the ends are loose. It took quite a bit of time.
Pretty Ballsy ;-)When you create jump rings, there are always short bits of wire left from trimming the ends as you take the wound wire off the mandrel. I gather those up, set them on a charcoal block and melt them.
The clips quickly form into tiny silver balls which I keep on hand to embellish pieces. Because the wire ends are not all the same length, the balls vary in size.
For this ring, I wanted to line up three balls along the edge of the overlap so I secured the ring close to my bench pin and used tweezers to select balls from my storage box and drop them into the round container in the foreground. Once I had three the same size, I was ready to place them.
Place, Solder and Polish. . .
. . . AND Polish — a LotI wonder if I have exhausted all the possibilities this design has to offer. I guess time will tell.
This ring will be coming to my DixSterling etsy shop soon. It might even be included in etsy's Labor Day sale, so keep checking ;-)