Making Little Silver Boxes

August 25, 2009

I like little boxes. I used to collect little boxes when I has young. So now I make then from time to time. I bought this wax working apparatus from a dental tech buddy of mine. Very cool, with an adjustable pen, a collection of different tip that I have made, all clean and neat. […]

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Folding Cross and Making the Proof of Concept.

August 21, 2009

This is the first cross I made. I filed the pieces 45 degrees, quick and dirty. Which DID fold up like this–but very fugly. I made several types of hinges to see which one was best. . Remember, all this stuff is taken on the fly and is also unfinished, so it looks kak. So […]

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Of Balls, Rings, Sounds and Optical Illusions.

August 8, 2009

I carved this ring out of Ferris purple wax. Sometimes, when the ‘master pattern’ is complicated, I make a silicone mould out of the wax. Just in case I screw the cast up. Which happens more that I would like to admit to my mummy. But this one was biff- bam, thank you ma’am. OK, not […]

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Stylistic Scarab Beetle Ring and Fused Diamond Ring

July 31, 2009

There is a fine line between a goldsmith making what he wants or making things to sell. For instance, I sometimes make precisely what I like and, mostly they don’t sell very fast, I’m afraid. So eventually they sit around in dusty corners of the safe or in the shop window collecting tarnish. On the […]

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Carved Aquamarine Ring and Laminated Gold Ball Gemstone

July 26, 2009

This is the third and last of the aquamarine pieces that were made for replacement stock. A ring, a pendant and lastly, another ring. I did not cast this wax carving. Problem was I put the stone at 45 degrees-ish and then when I showed it to Anne she said it was kak. The 45 […]

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An Aquamarine Ring and an Aquamarine Pendant

July 20, 2009

This is a pale aquamarine that I laminated and faceted after I inserted a .10ct diamond in it. The aqua is not actually as pale as in the photo, though. I suspect the diamond makes is look a little lighter in colour. It is set in a 18kt yellow and white gold dress ring. The […]

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Carved Aquamarine Ring, a Bangle and Odds and Ends.

July 13, 2009

I just finished this stock replacement ring. 18kt yellow and white gold set with diamonds. The shank is made out of white gold in the center and yellow on the outside. I was going to add all the usual frills that I do when Anne said, no leave it just like this. She liked the […]

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A Gold Jade Ring and Two Composite Stones

July 3, 2009

This is a ring I made for Mort. Set with a Canadian Nephrite Jade, one of the toughest stones that I have made a cab out of recently. I hammered this stone it to the ring hard, and it laughed at me. I could have hammered the white gold flush onto the stone, but I […]

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Of Cutting, Carving, and Composite Gemstones

July 1, 2009

I have been hard at work cutting round stones. Anything from 3mm to 6mm. I like round stones. They easy to make tubes for, they work well with most designs and they don’t require lots of real estate….small ones I mean. But well cut small stones are surprisingly difficult to get. On the Internet or from […]

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Three Rings and Furtheration of the Time Tower.

June 24, 2009

I finished this ring today. Set with a .85ct diamond and the tube in white gold with little diamonds set in the fused sides. This is a sort of stock ring for me. I cast the basic shank and then I fit, in this case, titanium that has been heat blued. The dolphin is then […]

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