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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / some pendants, and cufflinks. on: January 12, 2008 02:28:33 PM
Some more stuff I made this past term.

Sterling silver and synthetic ruby, hollowconstructed. The cufflinks are tube-set, and the pendant is gypsy-set. I gypsy set using a bit of a "cheater" method; if anyone on the board is interested in learning it let me know.

This one's sterling silver, pyrex, aquarium gravel and CZ's. it's a kimbrelite pipe pendant, 'cause I'm a dork like that.

and this last one's sterling silver and a bone tile I bought off of an australian goldsmith unloading some of his hoard. The reason I didn't touch up the tile is that it's well over a hundred years old, and I felt it would ruin it, somehow.

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Urchinspine necklace on: January 04, 2008 11:53:07 AM
piece from my gemsetting course. Sterling silver, pearls, CZ's, and rubber. The stones on the urchin are overlay-set, with the points facing up. the stone on the clasp is gypsy-set, which is officially my new favourite technique, ever. also, the urchin screws off the plate on the front and has a secondary hidden bail, so he can be worn seperatley.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lionfish fins? on: September 19, 2007 11:28:35 AM
For a show I'm involved in, I'm building a lionfish dress, complete with big 'ol fin things. my problem is support. to build these things I need something thin, strong, lightweight, and very flexible (The rocket scientists planning the show have given us a narow staircase as a runway. jerks.) bamboo is my only option right now, but It's not as pliable as I was hoping for. thin plastic rod would be ideal, but I have no idea where to find it. does anybody have any ideas? cause I got nothing right now.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Honkin' koi neckpiece on: August 01, 2007 09:44:45 PM
exactly what it sounds like.

chased out of 16g copper sheet (Even though the jerk I bought it from swears on his mother it was 18g when I bought it) with the assorted crannies patina'd black to give a teensy bit o' definition. The dotty texture on his spots was done with a beading tool.

made from uber-scratch, as I had to make the tools to make the piece from scratch. Unfortunatley, they were a bit on the sharp side.
I was, however, lucky enough to get away with one pass of repousse and only one annealing.

First, a progress photo, prior to removal and cleaning and all that good stuff. If you look real close you can probably see some of my burned skin bits embedded in the pitch.

and the finished product, photographed on my driveway. He ended up with a black onyx cab in a collared bezel between his whiskers. I was originally going to use jade, but I'm glad I didn't.

Added a semi-bad action shot from which I have taken the liberty of removing my ugly mug. But not my bad-ass wonka shirt.
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Headgear on: July 28, 2007 05:55:18 PM
A literary referance and reticulation project I made a few months back. If anybody had told me how difficult it would be to solder reticulated silver on to a wire, I woulden't have done it. But I did anyway, and what followed was many hours of swearing.

Anyway, it's made of silver, nickle, steel, moonstone and quartz chips, and some ribbon. It's not the tidiest piece of work I've done, but it was basically one big experiment and I think it worked out OK.

For the curious, the book I chose for the literary referance was Terry Pratchett's Wintersmith.

A shot of just the piece- the photo's a bit on the yellow side, unfortunatley.

And an action shot, demonstrating how it's worn. Head thoughtfully donated by a good friend of mine.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some metal work on: July 13, 2007 08:16:37 PM
I'm new, so I might as well post some work. I'm studying to be a jeweller right now, and I am frankly having a ball. Though I have a distressing tendency to make it up as I go along.

(By the way, these are links to a non-selling gallery site. Is that a no-no? I sincerely apologize if it is. I'm not technology literate enough to be having with all this hotlinking. Please let me know if I've broken the rules!)

-An enamelled necklace with crows, and beads, and fripperie's

-more of this enamelling silliness, with champleve waterlilies and an embedded setting

-filigree pendant. Wooo.

-A most unusual, though quite unwearable, cocktail ring. Go big or Go home.

-A jewellery box, though I apologize if he doesn't count. I do love him so.

17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Beaded settings? on: July 13, 2007 08:00:07 PM
Probably a rather silly question, but I can't find any information anywhere.

I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find a decent tutorial or book on how to make settings for cabachons out of seed beads. I see them around quite often but nobody seems to know how to make them. Any help appreciated!
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