Thursday, March 26, 2009

New sea glass ring!

Continued from yesterday's post.

After taking the non-set ring from the tumbler, I still had to set the sea glass in it. It's important that the stone fits tightly, otherwise it may be loose in the setting or you may end up getting buckles in the bezel.

I have a bezel setting tool I got from Thunderbird supply. I use it to gently push segments of the bezel against the stone. Think of a clock. I usually start at 12 o'clock, push a small bit of the bezel against the stone, then I move to the opposite side at 6 o'clock and do the same thing. 9 o'clock is next, followed by 3 o'clock. Then I do the remaining bits until all of the bezel has been pushed against the stone.

The next thing I do is use a burnisher and rub it all over the bezel until the metal is smooth and it shines.

Usually I find bits that I'm unhappy with (like the seam where I soldered the two ends of the bezel wire together). And I rub them with progressively finer sandpaper until I've removed the seam. (And, yes, there have been times I've rubbed them a bit too much and then the stone peaks through. So frustrating!) This is followed by more burnishing.

So after quite a bit of work , this is finally what I ended up with:

I tend to like an asymmetrical look, and you can tell that I tried to set the stone that way with off-set accents of silver. And you can see that I put my silver scraps to use - I made the silver spheres from them.

The color of the sea glass is amazing! It's translucent and when you look down into the ring, it reminds me of the color of a crystal clear swimming pool.

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10 Comments:

  1. MoonRae said...
    It turned out just gorgeous!!
    ~Smiles~
    Katie said...
    It is beautiful!
    Jelveh Designs said...
    so pretty...
    sassyglassdesigns said...
    It turned out great...I am an assymetrical kind of gal also...love it.
    Meekiyu said...
    wow that is beautiful and I really love how you describe your work method and the frustration. =D
    TeriB said...
    I agree, that color is great! Fantastic ring....I'm always so hesitant to do thing asymmetrical but you are right, it makes that ring dynamic! Teri
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    Baroness Bijoutery said...
    Oh the ring is beautiful...great post..
    Fashionably Adorned said...
    really gorgeous!!
    I like the way you tell the process.. I haven't started silversmithing yet, but hope to soon and it gives me an idea of the steps.
    sherice
    Julie B said...
    The stone is amazingingl beautiful, and so is your setting! Thanks for taking the time to describe the whole process for us.
    HouseThatCrowBuilt said...
    So very pretty! I love sea glass. It looks so amazing in this ring setting.

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