From scratch? Like by hand? Lordy. I like little things. Obviously, been obsessed with them since I was little. If it was a miniature, I coveted it. Making itty bitty, teensy weenie, little things are another matter. I have successfully been making little things, because, hello? I make jewelry. But a hand made basket head?!?! Gonna break me.
Jump rings. No problem. Now we have to file them with little grooves. That are even. That match. And have the perfect angle to them...well ok then. An hour later, I have what is acceptable.
A double secret method to assure prongs attach, and viola! Basket head! Blaine announces, "Now make one that matches." Luckily the second one went much quicker. A pair was born.
Three Stone Ring
This project leads us to the first "big" project of the course. A hand built three prong oval basket style head ring. The time estimated is 4-7 whole class days spent making it. Woah. That is a ton of time on one project. We start with simple strips of silver and magically we transform them into plates for the three stone galleries. Holes are drilled, top gallery has started to take shape. Day one on the "big" project complete! Next week is gonna be a doozie! Open studio time on Saturday!! WooHoo! Working on a pair of earrings made out of that pair of basket heads with a matching pendant. Take a peek below at their beginnings!
Week 4 Projects- Doesn't look like much but retipped 3 rings and set one solitaire "claw" style along with two basket heads and the start of the three stone ring.
Extra curricular project for the basket heads. Earring and pendant set.
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