Monday, October 12, 2009

Back at it ...

Now that the weather is not as nice outdoors, it's a little bit easier to get down to the shop and work on silver again. I made a good start on the new ring that I was planning to make at the beginning of the summer.

As you can see, I have the band made, soldered on a flat piece of silver onto which I soldered a bar and a copper ball.

I even got as far as soldering on the bezel that will eventually hold the amethyst cabochon.

Pretty good progress for a first few hours in the shop !

B.T.W. The band is only soldered at one end, I want to make this ring somewhat adjustable.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Next Ring : The Design

I had to take a little break from hands-on work, but I did some work on the next ring's design.

This is my attempt at drawing what I'm trying to achieve.  The band will be made of silver, the band size will have limited adjustment since one end will be free to slide under the top.

The top will have an amethyst cabochon set in a silver bezel, beside 3 small brass balls, along with a textured brass step.

As usual I will post pictures as I fabricate the ring.  I've made silver balls before, but not in brass, this should be interesting.

Ring from Scraps : Part IV !

I was just not really satisfied with the ring that I ended up in part III.  
As luck would have it, one of my friends visited northern Ontario a while back and visited an amethyst mine.  She brought back some beautiful raw pieces and offered some to me.

So, that gave me an opportunity to incorporate a raw amethyst into the design of the band.

I reduced the size of the band, shaped a hole and incorporated the amethyst into the brass top.  I had to grind the back of the stone to ensure a comfortable fit.

Here's the result, Dawn loves it.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Real Dumb !!! Don't do this at home !!!

Well, last weekend I broke 2 very important shop rules that I have...
  1. never work with sharp tools when tired
  2. always use the right tool for the job !
I was working on removing batteries from a dead laptop battery pack.  It was Saturday evening, I did not feel like going down to the shop to get my Dremel cutting tool, too tired to make the trip downstairs...  and opted to use my trusty "very sharp" Swiss army knife...

Well it did not take long, the knife slipped off the plastic case and went right through the web of my right hand... drat !!!  

Fortunately, I missed the median nerve, but did nick a vein... so off to the emergency room... 
6 hours later... stitch in hand... now I can't do handwork for a while.

That will teach me !!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hiatus in Jewellery Making Land...

Between the 2009 Mission to Mars program at Pinecrest Public School and the arrival of Spring gardening, it has not left a whole lot of time to spend in the shop.  I do intend to get back to it as soon as the must do in the garden is done.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Ring :: Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, I could not wait to try out my new torch.
I continued my work on the new ring; lots of welding of various metal types.  

The design and shape of the ring is rather modern and asymmetrical.  The band is made of brass with small sections and appliques of silver and has a copper insert.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I got my new torch !!!

I found out a while back that Bernzomatic makes a nice mini torch.   The ST900D is a mini torch with a 4 foot hose.  It has a regulator on the gas bottle and a control knob on the handle.  It should be perfect for welding small pieces, and I should be able to hold like a pencil.  This should give me better maneuverability when soldering.

I could not find a Canadian distributor, so I had to order it from the US... fortunately my good friend Maggie, played middle men, and forwarded the torch from the American vendor.

Many Thanks Maggie !!!

I can't wait to try it out !  It just happens that I have some welding to do on the ring that I started a few weeks ago. ;-)

Stay tuned for comments on the torch !