Showing posts from May 5, 2012

Experiments in jewelry design

Working on new designs this past week has been fun and frustrating. First, let me show you the frustrating. I was working on making metal beads which are hand stamped and riveted together. Not the easiest thing to do with 2 hands. I could have used a third hand. I took this idea from the book, "Stamped Metal Jewelry" by Lisa Niven Kelly. I found the difficulty in holding the pieces together (lined up correctly) while hammering to set the rivet. So I messed this one up. I'm mad at myself because I used sterling silver caps, when I should have used a cheaper metal on my first attempt. Now I have to heat the bead up and try to salvage the silver. I hate waste! Oh well, this is how we learn. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And now, for my successful piece: This is a copper cuff, to which I set a stone to the front and embellished with sterling twisted wire. This is the first time I've used this technique. I just learned this from Rosamond Bain, in Ontario, Canada. S…