Thursday, August 8, 2013

What!? It's August already?

Time sure flies when I'm busy being lazy and uninspired.  I have no idea what happened to July.
 I did however take a couple of jewelry soldering classes.  I wanted to step outside the box to get over my fear of the flame.  These classes were a great start for me because, in class we used the smaller butane torches and not the acetylene torches.  Those big mamas scare me big time!
Here's the first project:

I used fine silver (99.9), and this was a fusing technique, so no solder needed.

In another class, we were instructed to use sterling silver and/or 14k gold-filled square wire.  I did both gold and silver projects.  Here's some simple rings:

So, my final class, a bezel cup attachment class, a few weeks later, I almost melted one of the little cups! The torch was a little bigger, meaning a little more power!  But inspite of it all, here's that final project:

Well, that's it for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful August!