Last December has been a busy month. Lost's of commissions and writing a paper for the Santa Fe Symposium took up most of my time.
But now it's January, the paper has been submitted and my studio is clean. What shall I do?
Sketching for a new collection?
Expand on current lines?
Write a blogpost?
You can see, the third option won today!
What I want to share with you this time, is a ring I made last month. It's a small Earth ring made with little golden elements.
When customers come to me with old gold to convert into new jewelry it can be a tricky job. Luckily this lady liked my earth ring and we decided on making a smaller version incorporating 14K gold from a ring she had kept out of remembrance.
First I measured the ring so I could calculate how much material I could remove.
The second picture has the ring enlarged and shows the amount I needed for the little square elements.
First sawing then making the little piece of gold thin with my rolling mill.
Cutting the gold pieces and embedding in silver metal clay. The remains of the gold ring get soldered and finished.
After two hours in the kiln the focal element gets soldered onto the gold ring band.
Et voilá, a happy customer :-)