Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ring with Sterling Silver Bezel Set Stone

 For Christmas my husband bought me a sterling silver soldering kit.  It came with a book and all the basic soldering supplies to get started.  This is something I have wanted to learn to do for a long time.  To say that I love jewelry would be a huge understatement...
I started reading through the book and working up a list of sterling I thought I might need to buy to get started. 
 Then I decided to go through my own jewelry and see if I could repurpose some things I had.   I wasn't sure how it would go and I didn't want to spend alot and end up needing to scrap it.  
The band was a plain sterling band I've had forever.  So I cut it down the front center, opened it up and then cut each side open to create the prongs.  The flat piece of sterling for the base was also a large ring I had bought that I cut loose and hammered flat.
The red "stone" is resin I think.  I loved the color but the ring itself was just a cheap metal.  I cut it out with my jewelry saw.  The bezel wire that goes around the stone I had to buy. It's fine sterling and it's very thin and soft.

 The sizing is something I'm trying to figure out.  Especially with larger rings, but this one fits me how I hoped it would.
 My husband spent the day with me helping me get everything set up -- It was our Valentine's date.
I have to say it wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be.  Flux, solder, pickle ---it sounds intimidating.  But it all made sense once I started actually doing it.
 It is so cool that you can take pieces of metal and create this...and it is strong once it has been soldered.  Watching it melt down and become one piece then filing it into shape....
Burnishing the bezel itself is also fascinating, watching the metal just crimp down and then smooth out and polish like this...
A whole new way to create, take ideas and watch them come to life...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Leather Backpack with Wallet

 The latest idea to make the leap 
(from my constantly working noggin')
to reality...
This is the largest bag we've made so far and I wanted it to appeal to a lot of people.  It makes a great "mom" bag but I think it would be a great for school or the office as well.
 I knew I wanted it to have some sort of pocket to hold the things I need to be able to get to fast without having to dig to the bottom.  Which led to the idea of making it hang in the back of the bag so that I could take it out and carry it as a wallet....
 The button studs allow for multiple lengths on the straps so it can be closed up tight when carrying it alone, or closed loosely so you can get into it while it's serving as a pocket.
The back interior has a big divided pocket which would easily fit most phones
 Three nice sized card pockets and one large pocket across the interior front side....
 Even while it's hanging in the backpack you can still easily get to all the things inside... 
 I was worried it might take up too much interior space in the backpack but it's actually flatter than I thought it was going to be...
 I'm not sure why I haven't done a key clip in all of my bags...I love it.  Especially in a large bag I don't want to have to search around for my keys.
 The little oval strap keepers will have to be changed before I list this on Etsy...
They are too tight and the stiching is already pulling away from the bag quite a bit. 
I think I have a solution but I have to try it out to see if it will work...
 The straps are sewn on the bottom of the bag so the straps can be crossed like this 
--which supports the bag a little bit better if there is something really heavy in it  
--or worn straight...
Here's what happens when I'm home by myself and I'm so excited I can't wait for my husband to take a photo for me.  I can't believe you can't see the camera in the mirror...
 I'm excited to list this one.  We'll have three listings...together as a set and then each by itself
And there is another bag in the works too from the male "designer" of VanHook & Co.
I'm itching to get my silver soldering things out too so I can start messing around with all that....