Before you say anything, I am fully aware that it is not quite February yet. But now that I have a new challenge for the month, I can’t wait to get started. For inspiration, I went to my Pinterest Board for Art Jewelry and looked for some ideas. I found this great pic of a very primitive bezel setting that I thought would be a good way to start my month.
I then went to my bench and looked through the collection of stones until I found this old pottery shard I bought at the last Metal Clay convention in Kentucky.
After choosing the stone, I made a mock-up and cut it out, than worked out the placement of the tabs for the bezels.
I did a little preliminary dappling on the copper so that the design on the shard seemed to continue onto the copper, then got out my jewelry saw and went to work. After cutting everything out, I textured a copper washer and soldered it onto the piece. This also took care of any questions I had about whether the copper would match the white shard, since the heat from soldering created a wonderful heat patina that made the copper look ancient too! I dappled the edges a little to make them look less sawed, and here is the final result:
I’ll be talking a lot more about bezels this month, and sharing some pics of some of my favorites from other artisans, so click on the link above and to the right to subscribe!