I’ve been busy making rings! Earlier this year I took several silversmithing lessons because I wanted to learn how to make my own findings and fabricate various pieces of jewelry. The first thing I learned was how to make a ring. I had to measure, cut, file, solder and polish everything in order to complete my first ring. To start I learned how to melt down my silver scrap and produce my own silver sheet and wire. The sheet would become my first ring and several pieces after that. It took my the whole session to make my ring from start to finish and it was only a plain silver band. I love it! I wear it all the time.
After that ring I tackled a more challenging ring. This one was a band with a faceted blue topaz requiring a rectangular setting. The stone was supplied by one of the ladies I work with, no pressure! So it took me two tries to get it right but the result was worth it. She loves it.
My third ring was even more challenging because I didn’t have a recipe to follow. I made a spinner ring. Everyone said “spinner rings are easy” and “piece of cake”. I used my recycled silver and what I’d learned in my lesson and a bit of guess work. Once again it turned out great!
Recently I’ve been having fun making the small stacking rings and I think I’ll be adding stones to some of them to kick them up a notch.