Friday, November 23, 2012
Sterling silver bezel, backplate, and ring shank (the part that goes around the finger. I had no idea it's called a shank...). Turquoise stones (ha! Finally I know!).
Inspired by the turquoise jewelry of the Navajo. I used straight stamps to texturize the backplate and shank.
I am really happy with how these came out. I really achieved the look I was going for and the only mistakes are technical ones.
I set the bezels too close together, so the solder ran up the sides, which means I can't close the bezels fully around the stones, as you can see in the first picture.
I also stamped a bit too hard a bit too close to the edge on the backplate, so it make a weird kinda dent on the edge, which you can kinda see in the second picture.
I could not for the life of me get the ring shank to be the right size. I knew I wanted the ring to sit in the middle, so it had to be on my middle finger. I made two ringshanks. The first one was too big, so it became a different ring. The second one was too small, and I could not upsize it enough. Finally, someone had the idea to cut the ring shank, open it, and then solder it to the backplate. That person is a genius and deserves a medal and most definitely was not me.
Also, rather stupidly, I decided to test a stamp on the ring shank OF THE FINAL PIECE.