Yes it's true. I like to paint too. During one of my "Mommy needs quiet time" moments, I decided on a pet portrait of one of the most adorable dogs, Taco. (Instagram: frenchtac0 follow him. You won't be sorry.) He's a French Bulldog and so friggin' cute. It was nice to let my mind wander from jewelry...
But back to the jewelry...We pretty much worked on stone setting all week. It was a bit of a "meh" kinda feeling for me after the "Big Project" ring last week. I wanted another. Instead we set. And set. And set. Much of it was fancy shapes: princess cuts, marquise cuts. The exercise of setting the stones was very informative and I learned a ton about effectively avoiding breaking the fine tips of pointed stones. The "pocket" or "parking garage" are key in making a space for the tips. I've set a few princess cuts and pear shapes over the years but really got a clear picture of how it is actual done.
Making a parking garage for the point of a princess cut.
Marquise cuts were on the menu, much to my dismay. Marquise cut (aka: Football or eyeball) aren't really my favorite cut. Actually I kinda think they are fugly. Yup. Fugly. The v-tip prongs with the four standard prong setting pretty much looked like a crab. It made me a little crabby to be setting the marquise all day long. *Snort* Even with the lack of enthusiasm on my part, I finished them up and learned some very practical details.
The middle of the week a little milgraining practice was thrown in. I love milgrain. I want to milgrain everything. It's kinda like "bedazzling" but on a micro scale. It makes it all sparkly!!
More setting: a semi bezel, teeny bezels, marquise bezel and oval basket head settings (to prep us for setting our "Big Project" ring.)
Milgraining. It is in the details.
Bug eyed from setting.
With all of this stone setting going on, I began to get a little bug eyed from all of the micro vision. Lots of breaks and giggles from my bench neighbor, Nick, were helpful in keeping me entertained.
Nick, the funniest awesome-ist bench neighbor a girl could ever want.
Week 6 projects.
The week rounded out with another bench test. We half shanked a ring, set and polished a ring and made a chain repair. We had about 1 1/2 hrs to complete. I think it went well for everyone and the tension was much less than our last test, er, timed exercise.
Week 6 projects (minus our bench test pieces.)
After spending all day, every day at the bench during the week, I find it difficult to sit at the bench much on the weekends. With the holidays around the corner, I have got to get some new product in my Etsy shop. A moissanite rose gold wedding set and a two tone gold ruby ring were finished and are soon to be listed for sale! All that stone setting came in handy! These were a breeze and much cleaner than BB (Before Blaine.)
New work!! Soon to be listed at http://panicmama.etsy.com
All jewelry is handmade in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. I use recycled, responsibly sourced metals + gemstones. All designs + images are property of Panicmama Jewelry by Renee Ford and Renee Ford Metals 2016