I recently purchased an online class from Leslie Kail Vallareal (link to her website here
). Leslie is an amazing silversmith. I don't want to post pictures of her jewelry, without her permission, so if you are unfamiliar with her work, check out her website! Anyway, the online class was to make a Boho Saddle Ring.
Okay - that is for a horse, but the concept is the same. Take one piece of silver, cut it out to resemble the shape of a saddle, form it, solder it, etc. If you had asked me a year ago (heck...six months ago) to even attempt this technique, I would have laughed right in your face. But, what have I got to lose? If nothing else, what I have learned from watching online classes is that the tips these instructors offer are invaluable to me. So, I was looking for tips! Instead of filling up today's post with tons of words, I managed to remember to take a few "in process" photos.
|Cut out the silver - this is 18 gauge sterling, which I simply textured with one of my hammers. I learned I need to continue to practice sawing straight lines! I got the curves down...it's those nasty straight lines!|
|The silver was formed on a mandrel (OMG - that was hard) and the seam was soldered closed.|
|The next challenge - for me - was to shape that bezel to fit a curve.....that took a looooong time!|
|Another new-to-me step was creating a ring of balled wire to surround the bezel...again...shaped to fit a curve. |
|This is the step I wish I had skipped. My end product is so far from perfect - as that balled wire is not flush to the ring. Instead, one side is soldered right to the bezel, about 1 mm from the bottom....So close...yet so far! No matter...this ring is for me!|
|I added a simple flat decorative element to the bottom of the ring, which I formed and then stamped with one of my handmade stamps I seem to be collecting these days. This picture show the ring darkened with Liver of Sulfur - before buffing.|
|I added only one more decorative element, since I knew I was not going to even attempt to sell this, but keep it for myself. That is a tiny silver bead, made with my shot plate, soldered to the top edge. Buffed and tumbled...man, I prayed that stone still fit! :)|
|Love the bottom of the ring!|
|Yeah - the turquoise cab still fit...perfectly!|
|I even managed to get rid of ALL the tool marks on the inside of this ring.|
|What amazes me most about this ring is that it is large - but, boy it's comfortable to wear! I honestly did not think I would be able to bend my fingers...but, proof is in the pudding!|
|It's not perfect - not even close to perfect. I can see SO. MANY. ERRORS. But I don't care because I really enjoyed this class and making this ring! It was liberating, in a way.|
|My attempt was to make a size 9 1/2 ring...and it is spot on! Wish it was a 9, though! My hands must have been warm when I sized my finger in the first place!|
Leslie is no longer offering this class. I vacillated several times before making the purchase, because, I typically do not wear this type of jewelry. BUT, I will now!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful rest of the week!
I adore this ring! I have seen them before but didn't know they had a name. This is just gorgeous! Your work gets better and better!ReplyDelete
Wow, that is an awesome piece!ReplyDelete
I too took the class and found it quite helpful - even though we have done the soldering before the rings are totally cool- you did a great job on yours - I have you on my blog list so we can keep in touch - love your workReplyDelete
You are amazing. I've only done this kind of soldering in two classes. I don't have enough patience to go slowly so I melted a lot of bezels (and broke a lot of saw blades).ReplyDelete
Bravo! You did a great job on a difficult project!ReplyDelete
I am so impressed with this ring. You can see all the errors, but I can't! I want to be more like you - trying things even though I know they won't be perfect the first time out.ReplyDelete
I was cleaning out some old emails and I found this. Patti I think that your ring is lovely. I don't usually like large rings either but I would wear this one.ReplyDelete