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This is last weeks project that I only got to finish today.
This can be attributed to all the small stone tube settings. I will be the first to admit that my setting skills leave much to be desired, but this project gave me an opportunity to practice x 18.
The pic on the right shows the tiny (1.5mm)stones set on the side of the tubes.
For the cabs on the ends I used Iolites, I love their deep blue violet colour. (and its not green - I had to stop myself as I originally wanted to use peridot. If you didnt know, I have a thing for green stones...)
Sterling Silver Earrings, constructed 25 x 12 mm each, Black and while cubic zirconia, Square cabochon Iolite.
The design has quite an art deco feel to it, as well as reminding me of wings for some reason.
Like a vintage aviators badge or something like it.
Speaking of Art Deco, I was asked to be part of an exhibition in May with an Art Deco/Art Noveau theme. I did the design before I knew about the exhibit - so I was tuned in to what the universe was saying :) collective conscience an all that...
My husband gave me some amazing wood off-cuts from his knife making, so I am going to do this weeks project with wood and silver - I hope to finish it by the weekend.
FIY the Show me How show times given to us were incorrect, people phoned me this week saying that they saw me on TV. So it has been showing all week this week. Repeats x 3 on Sunday, check your DSTV guide for times.
I do see that I have made quite a few rings and earrings so far, so I will try and focus on a few pendants, brooches or maybe bangles.This ring was made with a vintage brooch given to me by my Granny Emma. I think the stone is actually glass, but it does have a lovely warm colour that looks quite a lot like a brandy topaz.The ring on the bottom is just a wide silver dome ring, and the brooch is riveted on the top. I used rivets as I was unsure of the stone and didn't want to remove it just to solder, so I left it in situ.The "stone" has quite a few chips and scratches, but because it was given to me by my gran I wont be selling it (and I quite like the chips and scratches, it's a reminder that it had its own kind of history before you) Sterling silver ring with vintage brooch finding, riveted
A lot has happened in the last 6 months, here is a condensed version.
Magazine projects from October 2009 to current: Beadbook 21Japanese fan pendant and earrings: Techniques: Basic sawing, filing and drilling of holes, and working with perspex. Craftwise 71 Jan/Feb 2010 Fused wire chain