handmade jewelry & metalsmithing

Amethyst Earrings

My first time ‘smithing in my new place, and my first fully iphoned post! Let’s hope for the best! I’m sharing space with my bunny buddy Moops-rocking out to Devo radio on Spotify- sipping tart bubbly apple cider…all in all I am in heaven.

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First I saw out the shape in copper.

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Then I hammer the edges for texture, and file it to correct the shape.

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After that, the bezel setting is soldered into place.

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But first it has to be fitted to the stone.

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And with earrings, you do things twice.
After you take a hay-break!

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After pickling the metal overnight, I’m ready for the torch!

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After some clean up, it is time to set the amethyst into the silver bezel.

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All done and ready for polishing. I’ll have these up on ETSY soon-ish. Thanks for watching me work! Let me know if you have any questions it would like to see a particular item or technique!

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7 responses

  1. Teri

    Beautiful and unique! Williamsburg is yet another place of inspiration.

    June 25, 2013 at 9:49 p06

    • Thanks Teri! Powhatan & Pocahontas have got me on a colorful tribal kick!

      June 25, 2013 at 9:49 p06

  2. Robert Coogan

    I have been so lazy lately. You make me feel guilty and want to get back into the studio. Bob

    June 25, 2013 at 9:49 p06

    • Haha-I’ve got enough free time on my hands to make stuff AND be lazy too;)

      June 25, 2013 at 9:49 p06

  3. healingheartjewels

    Beautiful

    July 28, 2013 at 9:49 p07

  4. Beautiful earrings! I’m new to metalsmithing and jewelry making… do you have any sawing tips?

    August 16, 2013 at 9:49 p08

    • Sawing! Yes-make sure you use the right size blade for the gauge of the metal, but mainly remember to hold the saw blade straight, keeping in mind that it only cuts on the downstroke. So gently pull straight down, and don’t put any pressure on as you pull it back up. And going slow is so much more efficient than trying to saw quickly. I never use wax either, once your teeth are catching, your saw blade is going to break, they are disposable like that. It doesn’t pay to try to make a blade last forever, a new one is always so much faster because it is sharp. So keep that in mind and don’t be bummed when your blade snaps! Also, when your blade is in the saw tight enough, you can pluck it like a guitar string and hear a high “C,” if it sounds flat, tighten up the saw. It’s not an exact science, but if you pluck it and it sounds pretty- you’re good to go, if you pluck a clunker, adjust your saw. Hope this helps!

      August 16, 2013 at 9:49 p08

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