|Ring, resin charm, domed earrings, leaf charm, bezel set pendant|
I spent a lot of time on my bezel set stone pendant. I really don't like it! But at least it passed in the end. I had to raise the stone up slightly with copper wire to get it to sit right - such a nightmare! Took three attempts! It polished up pretty well and is slightly reminiscent of a peacock feather which was the plan. I don't think I'll be doing a bezel setting again!
We had to make some domed earrings which was done by laying the clay over ping pong balls. I used a cuttlefish as a texture and I was quite pleased with it but unfortunately it didn't pass because the texture on the two earrings are so different. I then had a nightmare when drilling them, the hole is not in the right place. So I suspect I will be using the holes to hang beads from! Or fixing them and firing them again. I think I might make them into pendants. So, I have to make those earrings again.
There was a lot of more traditional silver smithing today. We made our own jump rings and soldered them. I hadn't been looking forward to this because I have done a silver smithing evening class and found this difficult to get to grips with. Luckily this went better today and I managed to solder the jump ring on the second attempt (the first one melted!).
Things I am pleased to have learnt on this course (and that I will probably do again!)
Making silver pieces with a recess to set resin in
Using and firing glass cabochons in silver
Making my own rubber stamps
Making and soldering jump rings
Weaving with paper silver clay
Practiced making a ring (I've done this before and mostly don't bother but might try it again with sterling silver clay)
Pieces I am most pleased with
The resin charm
Silver band ring
Cabochon glass pendant
Weaved silver clay earrings