FINALLY – Some new work from me

It has been such a long time since I have even made any jewelry. I am loving my new studio, although I am still trying to figure out the best way to work in there. It is different for me to have everything spread out. And my workmanship seems to have suffered greatly during my little break. I guess I will just have to practice, practice, practice.

While I work on my craftsmanship, you can see my latest pieces.

The first is made with a stone that my dad bought me during his last visit to Ohio. We had attended an art show and there was a gentleman that was selling some stones that he cut and polished. They were all different sizes and shapes and I thought they would provide a good challenge, and boy did they ever! While he was here he chose a stone for me to set, well, it has taken nearly a year to do it. Sadly, the workmanship on this is simply AWFUL! So lucky for me, it is a keeper for my own collection. But what a better piece to add to my collection than a piece that was chosen by my dad.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

My newest piece has actually been made with the piece that I cut out from the previous piece. The previous piece is a rather large one and there was no way that my little butane torches would be able to get the piece hot enough to melt the solder. I solved this problem a couple of ways. The first was to cut out a large piece from the back plate (see the next piece) and I used 3 torches to get the piece hot enough to flow the solder. That is never easy! Now that I have a new studio, it is time to figure out a new torch set up. hahaha

Melissa Muir Jewelry
Melissa Muir Jewelry

Any comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Boy is it good to be back in the studio.

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