I haven't been able to craft jewelry for about a year due to illness. It's great to be back at the jeweler's bench, it was like I'd never been away when I picked up my torch again. There's something about solder as it melts under the flame of the torch that is very refreshing to my spirit. It's very enjoyable to be hammering, sawing and filing away, so grateful to be able to create jewelry again!
I'm working on new designs -- incorporating new gemstones, new settings, and I'm signed up for classes to learn new techniques, which I'm really thrilled about. Here's a picture of my latest design, an almandine garnet ring, and my first listing at Dalkullan Jewelry which employs a prong setting.
Some of the new techniques I'll be learning are keum boo, a way to combine 24k gold foil permanently to sterling without using solder, engraving and carving metal, and enameling. Whew! I'm going to be busy! :)
It's great to be back, I've missed my blog and hearing for you, my wonderful blog followers! Thank you so much for stopping by!