During her stay in Florence, Eileen completed a 2-day jewelry workshop with me at the studio. She’s been making jewelry for about 4 years and wanted to learn a new technique and hone her skills with bezel stone setting. She brought some beautiful stones with her along with design sketches of what she thought to fabricate.
We began with a large cabochon moonstone setting. Eileen wanted to create a surface pattern, so she rolled brass wire into 1mm sterling silver sheet through the rolling mill creating a nice impression. The sheet was pierced and cut, the bezel and hook were soldered on, and the piece was filed and shaped. A liver of sulfur patina was added to the surface design, then wiped and tumbled. The stone was set and the pendant was finished. With the leftover center piece of silver, Eileen plans to make matching earrings when she returns to her studio in Scotland.
On the second day, Eileen learned the crushed stone inlay technique. She designed a simple ring as an initial project, using lapis lazuli. After the sterling silver sheet was cut, formed, and soldered, the stone was crushed and inserted. After vigorous filing and sanding, she decided to keep the finish a brushed matte.
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