Design Ideas, jewelry ideas floating around in my head – usually at the most inopportune time; like just as I’m drifting off to sleep.
Sometimes I’ll get up and sketch something by the light of my phone at my bedside & other times I’m sure I’ll remember (that rarely happens).
On regular days:
I lay out the stones in an arrangement that I like, in color matches that I find interesting, or sometimes I have a shape in mind & have to search out the stone combination that fits the idea I have in my head. I really liked this Amethyst with Turquoise combo.
Then it comes down to keeping track of how much each stone costs, how many square inches of sterling silver sheet I’m using & how much the beads are & how many accent beads I may be using.
Then the shape is traced onto the sterling silver sheet & cut out with my jewelers saw. You can see this one in the center of the picture. It is rough at this point, but after filing & sanding, its ready for the stones to be set.
Here’s the final piece – this one ended up going to Texas with a lady who was visiting the World Angus Forum that was held at Spruce Meadows in 2009. It was a really interesting show & cattle looked AMAZING on the beautiful backdrop of Spruce Meadows.