More Work on That Custom OrderOver the past few days, I have been making progress on the two part pendant for my client's stones. I soldered the prong settings onto the two silver elements, then began attaching fittings on the back of them.
The Necessary but Not So Glamorous Part
This photo shows the back of the upper element of the piece, a diamond shape of reticulated sterling. The prong setting is in place on the front and the square wire bail has been soldered on. I am about to attach the loop for the lnking chain.
The yellow is a coating of yellow ochre – applied to the bail – and to the setting on the front – to lock in the solder on those joins while I do the next soldering job (do not want to have things falling off). A pair of soldering tweezers on the right holds the silver loop I need to attach. To keep the element level while I press the loop into position (after melting some solder onto the attachment spots), I have the tip of another pair of tweezers supporting the bail area and a stack of dirty old nickels supporting the area I will be pressing on (solder won't stick to them).
I hope all that makes sense!
Getting the Hang of ItAfter I got all the parts soldered, I joined the two elements and hung them from a chain to check how they will hang.
Nice and level - that's a good thing. With that settled, I undid the tiny chain fitting between the parts and set the sparkling zircon on the top element. This is the first time I have set stones that did not belong to me. Intimidating!