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 ...

Copper chrysanthemum

This weekend I didn’t have a project waiting for me on my bench, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make next. This little copper flower allowed me some time to relax and focus ...

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 ...

Sapphires

Gradually working up the courage and skill to work with smaller stones and gems. These are 4 mm sapphires from @rosecutselect. I am equally thrilled and terrified to set them! Stay tuned …

Vinyl resist

Last winter I put my first vinyl resist on steel plate, but it was too cold to work with the chemicals outside, and too dangerous to have them in the house. So, these plates have ...

Playing with patterns

Last winter I patterned these four pre-cut copper discs in a rolling mill. Yummy, right?! I *really* want to do basse taille (an enameling technique where you reveal some of the metal) on them, but ...

Patterning metal

I have been inspired by and super curious about patterning metal since I first started taking classes at @LillStreet last year. Here is a steel plate that I bought last season, along with a pair of earrings ...

Workshop improvements

Even with layers of cold weather gear on, around Halloween last year it got too cold for me to do any more metalsmithing in the garage. I was feeling really discouraged about it, and not ...