This piece has a wonderful back story. The customer’s father use to blow her a kiss. Now that he has passed what a wonderful remembrance of having a pendant made with her pear shaped diamond from him cradled in a hand as if he is blowing her a kiss.
Carter came to work with me again. We fabricated a silver ring for fun. First he rolled out some thick silver wire in the rolling mill. He formed two size 8 bands from the slightly flattened metal. We made a small bezel and soldered it to a flat sheet for a backing. He soldered them all together and we set a cool Michigan greenstone called chorastrolite in the bezel. He polished it up and got to take it home that day.
Fabrication gives you instant gratification and is often a great way to make parts injunction with traditional cast pieces. It is great to have the know-how to create a part for repair or in an emergancy.
Here is another channel rebuild. This time on a diamond ring. The metal holding in the baguettes was thinner than paper. It was so crooked and jagged. I found a tapered baguette to fill the hole. I rolled a gold wire and carefully formed it to the ring and laser welded it in place. Then I flowed solder to fill any gaps.
I sanded, polished, refinished and rhodium plated the ring.
It is hard to play around and make jewelry for the showcase when there are so many custom jobs and repairs on your plate. I have been working a little here and a little there on this ring. I made this ring in fifteen minute intervals for a month. I finally finished it today. It has fifteen 1.0mm round full cut diamonds on a halo that rests on the finger. The 1.10 carat diamond is high above it.