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October 25th, 2009


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10:37 pm
Also, I'm very excited about a piece I am making as a surprise gift for a friend. (Although as it progresses, I start to get nervous that she'll hate it...) I found a really gorgeous stone for it, and am having pretty good success with curving wide domed wire fairly tightly around the setting; I got about halfway there yesterday, and will anneal and (I hope) finish it tomorrow. The wire needs a fair amount of shaping, too, since the ends need to taper while retaining at least something of the domed shape.

I'm figuring this latter will be good practice for me in making versions of antique rings; many of them use a MUCH higher dome than anything currently available. I'm contemplating how best to do that with materials and equipment available now...

Anyway- this gift piece isn't taking all that much time, but it's a lot of fun. I'll post a picture, or a link to a pic, once it's done and given to the recipient.

I got the stone on Etsy, by the way- it's a lovely rose quartz, somewhat occulded, with a star like a star sapphire visible in the right light. YUM. I think you can see it here, though the default picture doesn't really do it justice: http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=17120816

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From:maida_mac
Date:October 26th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
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Ooh! Can't wait to see a picture. :)
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From:medvssa
Date:October 26th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
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Oh!! antique rings :D

I hadn't thought of buying stones in Etsy, duh. I found some great ebony beads though.
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:October 26th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't either, really, but I'd had no luck finding a rose quartz larger than maybe 10-12mm elsewhere. I'm glad I gave it a try! There are some really pretty stones on Etsy from various people- this is the only one I've bought so far, though.

Edited at 2009-10-26 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From:rhienelleth
Date:October 26th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Oooooh - please do post a pic when you're done! The description is very intriguing....I'm guessing from the size of the stone it's a pendant?

Oh, man - thanks for the link to what looks to be a perfectly evil (to my checkbook) Etsy shop. Some really nice stuff there.
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:October 26th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Yes- I'll post a pic once the thing is done and sent- it'll probably be a month or so. I can't do it before that or the recipient will know who it's for! :)

And yes- those are some pretty stones in that shop! Now, I didn't notice before ordering, but s/he's in Israel, and it did take longer than I was expecting to get to me here in the States- like, a couple of weeks.

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