So, during January the following happened.
The ring in the photo to the left here was made in the same way as this one, but much smaller and for a CZ. Because it was so small it was really difficult to get it to look good, but I wanted to see if it was possible. Also, I wanted to find out what it would look like since there’s no light going through that setting to reflect in the CZ. But after it was tumbled and cleaned, it was shining just as bright as if I used a prong setting.
There’s also been some technical issues that I spent a few days trying to resolve. This mould have been an obstacle that seemed impossible to conquer since I bought it. The idea is that you can make rings (and other items) from metal that you pour into those small holes at the top. And it’s not a bad idea. But these moulds come with no instructions at all.
So I didn’t know it had to be pre-coated with oil before use. There’s nothing at the manufacturer or the store where I bought it that gives any indication about this.
I found out about it through another blog that had some good instructions how to do this.
So once the coating was done it was a lot easier to get an even end result that I could make something with.
After rolling out the silver (it’s an never ending procedure of heating the silver and run it through the rolling mill to get a band like the one in the photo to the left), I could make a ring from what once used to be scrap silver.
After making that ring it was impossible to get a good result from that mould again, and I’m not 100% why. Might be the kind of oil used, or maybe I simply didn’t burn it enough in the oven.
The ring made from that scrap silver is in the photo to the right here. I added a channel and gave it a texture.
Simple, but it gives the metal a nice shine.
The width of this band is about 6 mm and the size is a UK S½, a US 9½ and in mm it’s a 19½. So it’s quite big.
Later, I decided not to solder them since it wasn’t really necessary.
I gave these a brushed surface with shiny edges for the sake of character. They are very plain, but sometimes less is more :)
And they were made in Sterling silver of course.
Rainbow Opal Ring
Opals have always been special to me, mainly because you can get them in so many varieties. Anything from white to black…and not even those are absolutely clear in colour. They always shimmer in a lot of different shades.
This makes them very diverse to work with and they fit into almost any kind of metal and jewellery. I ordered a cabochon from a seller in the US, and this gem was a mosaic of small pieces of Rainbow Opal. It makes the cabochon very eye catching.
The size of this cabochon was 15 mm, which at first I thought would be a bit large for a ring. But then I decided to let the band wrap around it instead of solder the setting on to the band. And that made the whole difference.
Above is the ring once it was finished. The result was very satisfying and I currently have one more of these rings to make on commission. Still waiting for the Opal, but it should be here this week I hope.
This Topaz above came from the same seller as the Rainbow Opal. It was sky blue in the description, but once set it looked more baby blue. However, that could be reflections from the silver.
And this is the ring with that Topaz. I gave it a prong setting on a wide silver band since that would allow maximum light to go through.
It all turned very retro…like a piece of jewellery from the 1960′s. At least to me, Topaz in this colour and cut belong to that era.
There are more things to write about, but I’ll save that for the next post. January was rather slow, but October 2014 might change the upcoming months. But that’s also for another post.