This is going to be my last post on this page, as I have begun a photo blog on Instagram to share my studio happenings. Please follow me there at KellyLimbergJewelry.
For my last post here I wanted to share a recent topaz & silver ring, which has become one of my favorite pieces made to date. The ring started on paper with a to scale rendering of the design.
After the design was finalized, the work began. The first step was to create the bezel, which actually starts as a simple cone.
The next step was to cut and file out all the detail of the bezel. And once that was completed I had to create the split band to fit exactly around the bezel.
And with some soldering, patience and careful fitting the band came together.
A seat was then carved for the stone and the prongs shaped, and then finally the stone was set and the piece polished up.
Feel free to contact me if you are interested in having a custom ring made for you or a loved one!
On the corner of my workbench there had been a long, plain strip of silver just sitting and waiting. This past spring I had drawn the original sketch for a new cuff, and then cut out a silver section which would be the base of the new piece.
However, then things got busy, other orders became priority, and a move to our new home shuffled things around even more. When I unpacked in my new studio, the silver piece again found it's place on the upper corner of my workbench. Months passed, until finally a few weeks ago, I was able to return to my abandoned piece of silver.
The strip has now became my new Floral Landscape Cuff. Of course there were a number of steps that occurred in between the strip of silver and the final piece. Several of those steps I have shared below. This piece is a little different than some of my other designs, like the Will-o'-Wisp Brooch, in that I combined both forged wire and sheet to create the top details.
What step do you find most interesting? Designing, sawing, soldering, or adding the patina?
Balance Posted on 20 May 20:32
A little while back I was working on one of my favorite ring set designs, and documented the process to share with all you great folks.
The ring set consists of two bands, each with a slight pattern variation. I love a perfect balance of ornate pattern and clean lines. That was the goal of this design.
Every ring starts with a flat sheet of solid argentium silver. Measured strips are cut from the sheet. Smaller strips are placed on the top and bottom to create the borders. These strips are all carefully fused together using a torch.
One of the great benefits of argentium silver vs. standard sterling, is fusing. Instead of using solder to attach the strips, I can heat the argentium to a precise temperature and it will fuse itself together. No messy solder clean up!
Once the ring bases are fused, the patterned section is created. From thin silver wire I fuse, cut, form, and set up the decorative wires. I try to get them all the same size and shape, then use tweezers to set them in place on the flat ring shanks. When all the wires are arranged, it's time to solder.
The photo above shows a ring right before it was heated up. Originally I was going to solder the wires on, but decided to fuse them for a cleaner look. With wire you have to be extremely careful not to overheat, as small wires melt easily.
Once the wires were attached, the rings were formed and soldered closed. (I missed a few photos at the end here.) One ring was left silver and the other given an oxidized/brushed finish for contrast. Here's a final shot of the finished set.
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