From sketch to reality

Design Ideas, clinic 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:

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I lay out the stones in an arrangement that I like, web   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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

-s

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