These lockets got me into exploring hinges and closures:
|Tube Rivet Hinge and Ball Divot Closure|
|Tube Hinge and Ball Closure|
|Gold wire, sheet, rubies and |
diamonds (salvaged from my mother's gold rings)
|Daughter's Engagement Ring and Couple's Wedding Band Set|
The latest request was also for gold pieces - taking scrap gold and making it into an anniversary gift:
|From This - Customer's Scrap Gold|
|To These - Gold Nugget Pendant|
|and Pendant Cast in Gold|
|Process In Between - Melt Gold, Attempt to cast ring |
using cuttlebone - Ring FAILED
|Process In Between 2 - Re-melted into smaller nugget, |
carved heart in cuttlebone, fabricated wire
The carved heart didn't quite work either but I managed to salvage parts of it and fused the pieces together to make the smaller pendant. Wire was fabricated from a piece of gold lump, into 2 different thicknesses. The heavier nugget needed a heavier bail; the cast pendant wanted a lighter version. Also, I set the nugget into pitch to hold in place while I stamped the numbers in the back - didn't want to flatten the front while stamping.
All of my custom orders pushed me to go outside of my comfort zone and were GREAT learning experiences!
What is your challenge and do YOU welcome the unknown?