Saturday, November 12, 2011

First try at prong setting

I'd been anxious to try prong setting, so I gave it a swing today. I made a very simple 4-prong setting in silver, found a matching pair of Herkimer diamonds and here is how it went.

1) I curved the prongs with a pair of pliers then measured the required height. Cut the extra wire. The cross looking wire at the back behind the Herkimer diamond is how the setting look like before curving and cutting.

2) I rounded the prongs with a wire rounder (got it from Jo-Ann), or you can use a Dremel with a cup bur. I don't have a cup bur, it is on my shopping list.

3) Setting the prongs with a bezel pusher. It usually goes like this: 12 o'clock, then 6 o'clock, then 3 and 9. Go slowly and gently so the stone won't slide into one side and you've to pull the prong back.

4) Make sure the stone isn't swimming inside the prongs. Then polish.

Viola! My first pair of prong setting earrings :-) Next time I should try a ring, a prong setting with seat, tube setting, or all of them!?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's Show Time!

Today was the opening day of the Silicon Valley Small Works Art Exhibition, and my Lily of the Valley piece is showcased with other fabulous art pieces! I'm ecstatic since it's my first juried show.

The other pieces at the show are so inspiring that I felt so inadequate ... REALLY? My piece is up to par with all of these amazing work?????

The exhibit will run til Dec 13th, from Monday to Thursday at the Mission College Vargas Gallery. Hope to see you there!