A Second Stick
Back on January 23, I blogged about using a cast sterling flower to decorate a hair stick. When I decided on that project, I ordered a package of several handcrafted wooden sticks from an etsy seller. My Scottish ancestry would never tolerate letting the extras go to waste, so I will be coming up with several hair stick designs in the near future. Here is the process of making one.
Making Bezel Mount for Quartz
I had a 10mm dusky brown quartz cabochon in my stone stash and thought it would compliment the brown wooden stick very nicely. All I needed was a mounting system.
In this photo, I have just finished soldering a bezel cup to a post that will plug into a hole in the top of the stick. It is still held in the soldering tweezers (and too hot to touch).
Getting here took several steps. I had to shape, solder and sand a wide bezel strip. Then I cut a base plate, slightly larger than the bezel, and soldered them together. I also had to file and sand away any excess base plate.
It's All About Fit
Gild That Lily With a Sterling Collar
When I got the stone set atop the stick, I decided it required something more so I created a fine silver collar to mount below the top of the piece. This is not a great photo but it does show the finished item. I think that collar is just right. Now, if our grey skies will brighten soon, I can photograph this for my etsy shop.