Friday, 30 November 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
Penny had run out of silver. To order sterling silver plate or wire you need to wait 2 - 3 weeks for your order to be made up. Being an artist Penny couldn't wait that long. - So after phoning around she managed to contact the refinery who put her on to a local jeweller - Terry - who was willing to let us use his rolling mill to make our own plate.
I was not going to let Penny have all the fun so I went along for the ride.
First we went to the refinery to pick up the silver. Fine silver granules are so pretty. Sterling silver granules arent that pretty. We were thrown a little when the woman behind the counter asked us if we wanted sterling silver with indium or just normal sterling silver. Apparently Sterling silver with indium in it doesnt tarnish as quickly as sterling with copper.
There weren't enough sterling granules for both of us (yes I wanted some too) so I bought fine silver granules and Penny bought half sterling and half fine silver. We bought copper to add to our fine silver and then on to our next stop. Where we learnt that Terry doesnt add copper to his silver because of the fire scale - he adds brass instead. So we only turned Pennys sterling granules into plate.
I was surprised at how quick the process took I was prepared for a couple of hours work.
All in all the whole day was so educational and I still have my pretty sterling silver granules which I am saving for the day I get my own rolling mill. Because now that I have silver granules I need a rolling mill even more then ever.
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Thursday, 08 November 2007
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Saturday, 20 October 2007
These earrings are made out of copper, sterling silver and resin.
The 3rd attempt at filling these earrings with resin was succesful.
Needless to say I learnt a few things when making these earrings.
1. I need a thicker frame - the circles kept changing shape and I spent a lot of time reshaping them.
2. The frame needs to be stuck onto clear packaging tape - not brown packaging tape.- The sticky brown stuff on the brown tape sticks to the resin and makes a mess.
3. The resin that takes longer to set is worth the wait. - The resin in syringes seems to set with a oily look at the top. and I couldnt sand that resin.
4. You need to sand by hand.
5. longer setting resin is a lot thinner then the 5 minute stuff and tends to run under the frame even though the it seems to be sealed. I used the 5 minute stuff just on the edges this seemed to work well but that part of the pendant didnt sand nicely. next time I will try sealing it with super glue.
I sold these earrings to a lady named Sally I hope she loves wearing them.
Friday, 05 October 2007
Thursday, 27 September 2007
And I found a new toy for me.
Its really cheap and nasty, doesnt even have a name and I dont think it will last long.
I think it is for corrugating paper. So I thought that I would buy it and see if it would corrugate metal
very thin metal.
perfect for adding a little dimension to some of my designs.
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Monday, 27 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
Sunday, 05 August 2007
Friday, 03 August 2007
Monday, 16 July 2007
I needed a few gems so that I could practice my new gemstone setting skills.
So I went onto bid or buy to see if I could purchase some at a reasonable price.
Of the 4 purchases I made I am only really happy with 1 purchase.
The final straw being a tanzanite I recieved today from TFM.
The stone is definitely not as blue as the photo and there is an obvious chip in the stone.
I realize that I never paid very much for the stone so I could not expect very much. But what would have happened if the bidding for the stone had gone higher would the seller still have sent the defect stone?
Does the seller justify a horrible stone because I never paid very much in the first place?
Was I bidding on this stone all along or do they keep their rejects for cases like this when only one person bids on their products?
In all the cases I checked the sellers ratings and they get brilliant ratings.
Am I expecting too much?
The blue stone I received last week was replaced with 2 citrines - so I believe the guy when he says the first stone was never sent by him - then where did it come from? where did my stone go?
Then in the same parcel was a tourmaline with a chip in it. Can you believe it? Surely if you are fixing up an order that went wrong you wouldnt make a customer even more unhappy by sending them a chipped stone.
Are stones without chips just something that doesnt happen? Why dont these people get bad ratings if this is the kind of thing they are sending out. Is it the same as the blue stone / citrine saga where the guy demands that I change his rating?
An answer to my question came in the form an email from TFM
My add clearly stated that the stones are selected from a large group and therefor the quality may differ... I will send you a replacement one free of charge if that is okay with you... I am really trying to achieve 100% positive ratings on bid or buy, so if this appeals to you, please change your rating, i will send the stone this afternoon. Sorry about the inconvenience.
I have recently tried bid or buy again and have received two beautiful stones
The first an octogan shaped heliodor from top drawer.
and a beautiful spiderweb turquoise cab from gem zone I am extremely happy with both purchases.
I have decided not to change my rating and told him not to send a new stone.
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Friday, 06 July 2007
I am back after my jewellery course. What an awesome course thanks Chantal you are the best.
I have so many new skills my brain hurts
And so many more needs that there is a huge whole in my purse.
I was the only one on course who didnt have a proper hanging motor and so I rushed off to buy one today (you cant set stones without them) only to get home and discover that it has a foreign plug grrr.
After going to 4 different electric supply shops looking for an adaptor I decided to cut the plug off and put a SA plug on.
Its not working.
I am so frustrated. I will have to wait until Monday to change my new toy.
Anyway I am not quite finished with all my projects but here are a few pics.
Friday, 22 June 2007
I am so excited. I am going on a course on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and maybe Friday depending on the school situation in this crazy world (long story not fit for a jewellery blog).
I want to thank Penny for being so efficient and organising it you are a star.
Saturday, 09 June 2007
Sunday, 03 June 2007
I am really excited about these.
They are the first earrings I have made for myself as I only had my ears pierced 3 weeks ago.
It was really hard to make a bezzle for the little stones
I have a lot more respect for jewellers who work with tiny stones.
I may need to practice on the little ones as even these are a tad too heavy. Will I get used to it?