Jewellery Making in Metal
I am taking an evening class in jewellery making in metal with Jo McDonald (check out her jewellery, it's gorgeous) at City College in Brighton. I opted for the advanced course because it was bezel setting which is something I really want to learn so that I can set my own glass lampwork cabs. Also I took a beginners 3 day workshop with Jinks McGrath a few years ago so I have had some basic training. Fortunately Jo is not only hugely talented but an extremely generous and patient teacher which is lucky for me because I can't remember any of my basic silver smithing plus I seem to be rather cack-handed these days.
Anyway I want to document my progress so here is the start of my very first project.
I really wanted to make something for myself and this was the perfect opportunity, I chose to make a simple sterling silver ring with a bezel set drusy.
Silver bezel (badly!) soldered onto the black plate. I am going to hopefully fix that tiny nick in the bezel (I have no idea how but I'm hoping Jo has a trick or two up her sleeve) then trim around the bezel before cleaning it all up and setting the stone.
This little beauty is my stone, a 13 mm titanium drusy. It is a bit more blousey and in your face than my usual taste but I just really love it and I am so excited to get it set in my ring.
I missed this weeks class owing to being under the weather but I am already looking forward to next week and I have lots of new ideas on what I'm going to make next.