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Friday, November 21, 2008

New Ring

California green tourmaline, California pink tourmaline, garnet, recycled sterling silver, and recycled 14k gold ring, size 6

This one was kind of a practice piece for a new look that's been rattling around in my head for a while. I love the combination of stones, and the little 14k gold accents, but I wish I'd put another 14k gold ball in the middle of the cluster of stones, and the bezels aren't totally smooth. Ah well, live and learn.

4 comments:

Contrariwise said...

Beautiful, beautiful ring. And I think it looks fine without a gold accent bead in the middle.

But I'm sitting here trying to figure out how you were able to do the multiple bezels in the first place and get the centers that smooth.

Hmmm.

Tamara said...

It's not easy! :-) First, you have to make sure that the side walls of the adjoining bezels don't become soldered together when you're trying to solder them to the back of the bezel. So I do one bezel at a time, and before I add the next one, I gently bend the first one inward a bit so it won't be flush with the one next to it. Then, when it's time to smooth the bezels, I use a micro-burinshing tool to get into the middle areas. Hope that helps!

Contrariwise said...

I had wanted to do a multiple stone bezeled ring before but gave up because I couldn't figure it out.

I've never heard of a microburnisher before, but that makes sense. But pushing the bezel inward first - duh, why didn't I think of that!

Thanks!

bella-bijoujewellery said...

Dontcha hate that! When you get the stones set, and then think of something to add? Story of my life!