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If you've always wondered about how jewelry is made and fine craft is done, this is the blog for you! Our intent is to show you the step-by-step of creating jewelry from a silver-smith's and lampworker's point of view. We'll throw in some other interesting craft-work too. Consider this a "tutorial-light" blog in a way. You'll get to see the creative process from start to finish. Sometimes it may take a while to get to the finish, so please be patient! We often have to wait for the muse to strike--sometimes in the middle of a different project!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Finishing the Bracelet

So, I've got all my links woven into this awesome bracelet.  Now I have to work on the clasp and get a great stone to match the splendor of the silver weave.

This stone is a wonderful Ammonite that I found at a local gem and Mineral show.  I hesitated to purchase it at first because it was more than I usually pay for a stone...I even tried to haggle.. but it was so spectacular that I bit the bullet went ahead and got it.  I am so glad I did!  It has been waiting for just the right setting.  It is from Russia...it has yellow calcite, pyrite and opal. 

This is the setting I made for the stone.  I am experimenting with Argentium silver.  I made the large oval out of Argentium.  The bezel is fine silver and the clasp part is regular sterling.  I am starting to really like working with Argentium, but the verdict is still out.  I'll keep you posted...

So, after polishing all the pieces and checking the fit, it is time to set the stone.  This wasn't too difficult since the stone is quite large (almost an inch wide).    Then I put the bracelet in the loops I formed to hold it onto the clasp, and va'la~done!  I am so pleased with how it turned out!  It fits me perfectly and I feel like million bucks when I wear it.
What do you think?


  1. Wow, this bracelet is absolutely beautiful!

    Are you going to end up selling it?

  2. I may end up selling it eventually, but right now its all for myself...of course, if the price is right...

  3. This is so beautiful! I think I'll go and buy that "All chained up" book! :-)

  4. TDN, the book is awesome! I got her video on Russian Filligree as well. She is a very good teacher and I love her work.