afmetalsmith (afmetalsmith) wrote,

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:
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