I’ve finally picked up the pace again.
I’ve mostly been doing custom orders which is kind of nice in that terrifying kind of way.
First there was this one which I made using the customers own stone.
And then a ring, again using the customers stone
And finally one with yet another customers stone.
This last one was hard for me as the stone was huge and very thick and was also bevelled on both sides.
When I took it on I thought it was a regular flat backed cabochon which would have been easier to set, but with the back undercut as well I had to spend a lot of time fiddling around with it to make it sit well in the setting. As a consequence I used a lot more silver than expected. This is actually the second attempt so there was a whole bunch of silver that had to be scraped before I even got to this point.
The lady wanted bees and honeycombs to complement the stone.
To be honest I didn’t like it at all.
Not the stone, nor the design and I know that if I were a better jewelry maker it wouldn’t have been a problem.
When I showed the lady she said that I was close, that if I just took all of the silver off and put a couple of bees in the corner I would have it.
On top of that I had set the stone bottom up as the carving was supposed to be on the underneath.
I felt really awful.
I didn’t blame her as to me it was always a horrible piece, but I just couldn’t bear to do it a third time so I finally apologized to her and returned the stone.
I think perhaps now I can’t do anymore custom orders because I hate disappointing people.
I tried to like the challenge of working through the piece, however, I wasted a hell of a lot of silver which I have since melted down, but it means a lot of work rolling it out again. I did figure out a lot of things through trial and error, but really I didn’t enjoy it at all and think it ended up with all my bad energy in it.
Even looking at its photo gives me a bad feeling so I’m pleased it doesn’t exist anymore.
If the lady is reading this I’m sorry.
Then another custom order with a stone I cut myself this time.
Although one of its ball fell off.
After that I gave up jewelry.
Fortunately I forgot that I’d given it up fairly soon and decided to make a couple of pieces with some more stones I’d cut myself.
I didn’t cut this one below, but it’s definitely one of my favourite stones.
Nor did I cut these ones, but I am definitely working on never buying another cabochon again.
Here are some of the other stones I cut.
Such a proud stone mamma lol
And here is what I worked on yesterday and which I’m going to have to fix today
Call it OCD or what you will, but that left hand leaf is just going to have to go which means heating it off and putting a new one on. Which also means that I’ll probably have to reset the prongs again as they’ll most likely come off as well.
Then I think I’m going to try to stick to some simpler things.
Like the bangle below.
Why do I always have to make things so complicated for myself.
One day I’m going to make something that doesn’t have bits falling off it when I do the final polish.
It’s so incredibly annoying.