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Clean & prep day

I didn’t metalsmith last weekend, and my shop was a bit of an explosion when I went out there today. I put some music on and cleaned up my workbench, and then I decided to ...

New hammer & shotplates

I think I may have a tool addiction. Send help?! Check out this yumminess from @buffalo_rutland_co , which arrived in the mail today. This a new hammer along with some shot plates, which I want ...

Prong setting – done!

Gotta love the amazing blue flash in the labradorite. This attempt went more quickly – and was definitely much easier – when I followed the instructions! I learned a ton of new techniques for both ...

Octopus setting ring

The ‘octopus setting’ is basically a series of textured jump rings (little circles of wire) sitting on top of the ring band. Every jump ring has to be made the correct size for the gems, ...

Variscite ring

Before dinner last night, I snuck out to my shop in the garage and finished setting this ring that I started last weekend. I am really happy with how it turned out, though in reality ...

Itty bitty leaves

Part of a larger project I’m working on – can’t wait to share more! It continues to amaze me how just a little bit of regular practice has improved my sawing skills. So rewarding. 💕

Work in progress

I made a few more open shank rings last weekend. It’s amazing to me how much faster (and more neatly!) I’m producing things than I was at the beginning of the summer.

Flush setting practice

Flush setting is a technique where you embed the stone in metal so it is – wait for it – flush with the surface of the metal. It’s typically done with smaller stones so the ...