My Last Blog Post Posted on 05 Jan 20:10 , 0 comments
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?