It’s been on my mind for a while now to stop with the fiddly things.
I’m not sorry that I made my last piece as I think I’m really getting better at soldering all the little bits together.
What I’m not good at is polishing.
I like the oxidized look, but I’m beginning to get irritated that I can’t get it to look how I want it to.
I like the fact that for it to not be oxidized I’d really have to step it up.
Shiny silver shows up every mistake.
Only because I don’t like shiny as much as oxidized, but I’m thinking this will step it up for me.
I don’t want to stray too far from my style, even if my style is going a little over the top right now.
Here’s the piece as finished as I could make it.
And I hate it.
What I do like is the back.
I’m thinking of making more of these for the front.
I also like the ruffle around the turquoise.
At one point I got so frustrated with the finishing that I made a real hack job of getting the stone out so that I could really get down to business.
I think I have a tendency to give up on a piece when I know I’m never going to like it and so am not as careful with it.
I’m working on that.
I didn’t mind as my intention, after I realized that the bezel wasn’t going to make it, was indeed to ruffle it and then solder a new bezel inside of the old one.
It would mean grinding away some of the width of the turquoise, but me and Jools were up for that.
That’s until I got really fed up with the thing and GLUED the stone in.
You read it correctly.
I glued the darn stone into the bezel.
I have never done that before and have vowed never to do it again.
What happens now?
Well the piece never gets to go out into the real world.
That’s for sure.
I might keep it around to experiment more with the finishing, but it will probably find its sad self melted down at some point to become a new model.
Maybe a few of these.
I kind of like that. I even kept this one for myself.
So here’s one of my first pair of shiny earrings.
With a little tiny bit of oxidation, because I couldn’t help myself.
All Spud can say about it is
When exactly did you say I can get this darn collar off!
She is not amused…