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!|
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|
|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|