Saturday, February 11, 2012

:: sketchbook - black onyx ring ::

sketchbook: rink shank decisions.....
It's time to add the shank....shall it be a double half round shank? a single half round? a double that has been split just below the stone?...decisions to be made...

The solder has been heated & the tiny pieces of wire solder have been placed.

The solder was heated with a torch to attach the fine silver bezel to the back of the sterling silver setting.

The piece was then placed in the pickle pot (a crock pot of hot water & pickling solution) to remove the firescale. Afterward, the extra silver was sawed away (and saved!) and the piece was ground and filed you see in the top photo.

Now the decision about the design of the shank must be made. It will be soldered to the setting and the process repeated...filing, sanding, smoothing, etc. In the last step, the  black onyx stone will be set.

Carpe Diem!


Juliette Williams said...

What a fantastic job! Thanks for showing your work. :)

Petra Carpreau said...

Clever stuff, Lela. Silversmithing class sounds brilliant. Looking forward to seeing the finished article.

Gallery 13 - Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

Hello ladies! So nice to see you here. I do appreciate your visits and comments.

Petra, I look forward to seeing the finished article too. heh. ;)