Hi all! I have been a long time lurker, and have finally worked up the bravery to post some of my work!
I have been teaching myself to solder. I've been using sterling silver wire, sheet solder and a small butane torch (the type chefs use). Please excuse the bad photography. I can't find the battery charger for my camera which takes awesome macro photos, so I had to use hubby's outdoor, shock proof and freeze proof camera which I really don't know how to use! The pieces are sort of a slightly dark shiny silver colour and I did texture them with the round end of a chasing hammer.
First piece are earrings - 18ga sterling silver wire, pre-fabricated bezel settings, and 4mm blue topaz gemstones.
Next is a pendant with 4mm peridot, citrine and smoky quartz. I used snap sets in this one. Wire is 18ga. I made the pendant itself first and wasn't sure what to hang it from, so decided it would be best served with a matching handmade bail. I was very pleased how the bail turned out.
And finally another pendant. This one I am still not sure on. 18ga sterling silver wire, bezel settings, 4mm and 5mm amethysts. At this stage I am not sure whether to keep the 5mm amethyst between the teardrop and bail. I can remove it and connect the bail directly to the loop at the top of the teardrop. Any suggestions?
Thanks for looking!