Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Welcome 2012!

Welcome 2012!

I'm back after having a really, really busy holiday 2011 season!  Hope yours was very good and hope for an excellent beginning to all of us!

Along with a busy show schedule, I managed to fulfill 8 custom orders - wow!  My pieces are usually one-of-a-kind, sometimes I may make 1 or 2 similar but never exactly the same.  I had an order for 7 pairs of earrings but of different colored gemstones.  

soldering gone bad!
After my first botched attempt to making the bezel and post setting for the earrings, this had me thinking of production work on a small scale.  

What challenges do you encounter with production work?  Any tips for streamlining steps?

I'm sharing the steps and sequence I followed to create them.

measure and torch ball posts

flatten posts
solder posts to bezel cup

posts soldered to bezel cup

sterling petals soldered to posts

settings filed, polished, and tumbled - ready for stone setting

garnets, moonstones, peridot, amethyst - all ready for customers!

Another moonstone pair !

And this last one was a real challenge for me since I had never set faceted gemstones in this style, let alone make huge hoops!

Swiss blue topaz faceted gemstones with open setting -
fine silver bezel wire and tiny sterling jump ring

Last custom order

And here is a sneak peak of several earrings I just completed and will be posted to my ArtFire shop tomorrow!

Rose cut green amethyst

Tiny and dainty!

Rose cut smoky quartz

Filigree bezel


  1. Linda, these look great! I love how they came out, the rose cuts, too.

    My ear post method - no balls on the wire, no flattening, I just file 20 ga wire flat, sweat a small chip of solder to the back of the earring, place the post on and reheat. Quick and easy!

  2. Thnx for the tip! I use 20gauge wire too but wanted a bit more surface for soldered piece to give it more stability?

  3. I too use just wire - but I use the wire as my 'pick' and pick solder with it, take heat off when it flows. I then twist the earwire several times to ensure it is attached securely and also to harden the wire.