Stonesetting – Tube and Flush Setting

I began taking metalsmithing class at my local community college Fall of 2014. It was an advanced class so I was a little intimidated with only four days of soldering – all from taking classes – under my belt. Fortunately, we had an excellent teacher and I was taking the class with my buddy, Melissa. Furthermore, in the first session, we had a classmate who was very helpful and supportive. Thank you, Leslie! We couldn’t have done it without you!

The first of the seven-week sessions were all about stonesetting. Beginning with tube setting and flush setting, I decided to go with a couple pairs of earrings. They were very similar in design for I really wanted to concentrate more on the techniques.

Tube Setting

We used 4mm cubic zirconia. I decided to make some simple copper washers and discs and added different color cz. They looked a little plain so a little wire wrapping with sterling silver wire completed the design.

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Tube Setting

Flush Setting

To accommodate the cullet (point) of the cz, Leslie came up with this cool design of soldering a flattened sterling silver ball. I added the same wire wrapped sterling silver wire and added a textured metal clay disc. These had become one of my favorite pair of earrings!

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Flush setting

 

If you are interested in some stonesetting books, Creative Stonesetting by John Cogswell and Gemstone Settings by Anastasia Young are excellent.

 

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Lace Knitting Continues …

My second shawl design, Affinity, was inspired by Downtown Abbey and its period fashion of the Edwardian era. Using two yarns – one in smooth pure silk and one in fuzzy silk/mohair blend – of the same colorway, Affinity can also be knitted in one yarn.

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Affinity with pure silk and silk/mohair blend yarns
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Affinity with silk/cashmere yarn

New Blog!

Just did a quick article for an eNewsletter and it was fun writing again. Thus decide it’s time to get back to blogging – and going with a more personal one seems to make sense at this point. Personal as in writing about all the interesting and fun things I have been doing instead of a blog about my personal life…

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Queen Anne’s Lace

Let’s start with my latest passion – knitting! After a lifetime of knitting sporadically, I discovered the site Ravelry with its 5 million+ members late 2013. Around the same time, I was introduced to lace knitting in my glass forum, Lampwork etc, when I joined a KAL (knit along) for a circular lace shawl, Queen Anne’s Lace (a free pattern!) What a joy it was especially after knitting alone for decades.

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Serendipity

Within two short years, I went from learning how to knit lace to designing lace shawls when my Ravelry friends all wanted me to write up a pattern on my first shawl design. It was aptly named Serendipity!

enVision group was formed and is an active forum … For knitters with discriminating taste for luxury yarns and exceptional patterns, primarily in challenging lace designs.

More to come…