Today is my day to get my butt back into my studio and work on a long overdue piece of jewelry. It has been a couple of years since I’ve done anything in my jewelry studio and this is not going to be an easy piece because, as usual, I can’t do it the way I already know. I have to do something different. Of course. Because I can’t make things easy. At all. Ever.
Normally, I’d design a piece by drawing it out, create that planned setting out of silver (ie… playing with lots of fire), set the stone, clean and polish and done. I’ve done some wire work in the past, even some kind of similar to what I plan for this stone, but not quite. I’ll be using a mix of metals: silver, copper and brass as opposed to my normal all silver. There most likely won’t be any soldering, which is how most of my designs have been created. I also don’t have a design. Not really. The plan for this is to create it as I go. Don’t ask why because I don’t really have an answer. As I’ve always done in the past, the stone guides the design and this stone is being stubborn. It isn’t the first time I’ve created something for the person this is going to that has really had a mind of its own. If this is anything like that last one, I’m going to be surprised by the finished piece in one way or another.
I am more than anxious to get my hands back on some of my favorite materials. Metal and stone. I’m only a little sad that I don’t get to play with fire on this one.