Saturday, March 29, 2008

Initial pendant

I was asked to do this by one of my sister's friends, and it proved more of a challenge than I had expected. I decided to try cuttlefish casting so that I could get the thickness of pendant that I wanted, and it was such a hit that I am definitely going to cast like this again. For those of you who don't know, you melt your silver so hot that it is liquid and you pour it into the mold you have made out of cuttlefish and voila! you have your shape in silver. Of course, you also get the texture which I love, but which was wrong for this pendant, so I had to file it off. Was a lot of work, but worth it. Then, she wanted coloured stones down the centre, and these were all I had, you can't see it, but the two outer ones are sapphire blue!!! This was my first attempt at bezel setting square stones, but they came out well!!! There were scratches that couldn't come out between the stones, but Nikki ('cos I went to Nikki for a learning session - I think I learnt more than she did) had the idea to make a satin finish between the stones and it worked out really well. So at the end of the day, after the huge learning curve, it turned out quite well and I am feeling so motivated and ready to do more, which is great!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Stolen Camera

I haven't been posting for a while because my camera was stolen in a burglary at our house, and this has hit me so hard, that inspiration also went missing for a while. Anyway, when insurance finally pays out, I will post all the things I have been up to in the meanwhile.