NO, not that way!! OMG. Perish the thought.
I meant to post this yesterday but I got so caught up in the building of it that I barely remembered to take pictures of the process, let alone edit and post them. I think perhaps it is a good sign though, that maybe I’ve got my groove on again.
So. It all started with an oopsie. Several years ago I was practicing soldering large bezels onto sheet. It can be a little tricksy. (Yes, I know that’s spelled wrong….blame Gollum.) You have thin little bezel strip made of fine silver, which is extremely melty, and you’re trying to solder it onto a big hunk of sterling silver that takes forever to heat up enough for the solder to flow. Long story short, I was so excited to get the bezel on the sheet properly I gleefully popped the stone in and set it. Without. Adding. A bail. (Hangs head in shame.)
The reason this is a problem is that in order to solder anything else onto the piece, I really should remove the stone. If I heat the piece with the stone in it, it will scorch. It will kill it. So this piece has been all by itself in a lonely little box on my desk since I built it feeling sad that it’s basically useless as-is.
So I needed a piece that I could add this to by simply drilling a hole and threading a jump-ring through it. I couldn’t just do that and then sell it as-is…perish the thought!
You all know I’m into swirly things right now. I generally don’t go for heart-designs, perhaps because I’m too jaded and cynical, but I had a weak moment and thought “I should do something with a heart design”. I then checked for other symptoms of an aneurysm or perhaps possession, and finding this was a stand-alone symptom, I decided I was probably just having a weak moment and was feeling kind of heartish. I suppose stranger things have happened.
So there’s the rough design. I seldom do perfect sketches of what I want as I’d rather get to the building. It’s sort of the shape I’m after and we’ll see how it morphs as we go along.
I pulled this photo in nice and close so you can see how the wire is bent to the design. It’s not unusual for designs to change a little at this point as working with 3-dimensional wire is a little different than just tossing down a 2-dimensional drawing. It’s springy, when you cross pieces there’s depth and joining issues. It sometimes just looks very different than what you thought it would. Scale is different too. We perceive drawings differently with regard to scale than we do 3-dimensional objects. At least I do. I’ve placed a quarter in the picture so you can get a better idea of the size.
The round bezel at the top is for another Rose Quartz. As you can see, the design has again morphed to include a center-swirl on the bottom. It’s all nicely soldered into place, with little silver balls in the centers of the swirls for some added depth and interest. The problem now is this. It’s much bigger than I thought it was going to be and I can’t decide if I still want to put the original Oopsie that was the impetus for all this onto the bottom at all now.
Sigh. I think I’m gonna do a Scarlett and just “Think about it tomorrah”.