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About this design:

I had the pieces to this on my desk awhile, and finally threw this together. I love how it turned out~ it may be a keeper, however I am in the process of making two more. One is hematite, and one is blue-green.

Components:

Metal, dyed purple agate cabachons, sterling silver clasp

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    Oh, Lorrie, this is stunningly GORGEOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love the silver and the purple agate… I don’t blame you, I would keep this
    one too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Lorrie, this is my kind of bracelet! Silver, chunky and with beautiful stones! I would definitely keep it!!! Would love to see the other two..

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    Reet says:

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  4. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Wow! Did you make the bezels and everything?!

  5. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    GORGEOUS!!!!!! I love this, Bubbly!!! Your just bubbling with creativity!!!!

  6. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    LOVE it Lorrie!!

  7. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Wow … amazing! I too was wondering if you did the bezels too. I would have to keep this one if I made it! So pretty … SLS

  8. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    amazing Lorrie did you make the silver? I know a few of us where asking this is lovely and how did you get the stones to fit exactly is it a set??? whatever it is it is beautiful!!!!!

  9. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    awesome so pretty. a keeper for sure

  10. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Great design! I love this!

  11. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Very nice and well done!! :)

  12. KPJEWELS
    KPJEWELS says:

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous.

  13. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Hi! Thanks for the comments. Do any of you remember a year ago April, I took some silversmithing courses offered at a LBS by Don Norris. ( i posted some of the pieces I made here on Lima!!!!!

    He is an awesome teacher, and I loved the class so much my husband bought me his entire set on computer disk. There are about 18 or so disks in the set.

    I have learned some basics for metal working, and also setting a stone in bezel strip. the silver bezel is sold in a strip, and can be cut. I measure around the stone, and add about a 1/4 inch. Then cut very carefully. lastly silver solder- I use half hard! is snipped into tiny workable pieces. the silver (bezel) is place on the silver (background) and solder inserted w. tweezers ^*I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING FINGERS BECAUSE IF YOU GET IN THAT HABIT, YOU MAY TOUCH SOMETHING HOT!!!*^ The torch is propane, and the metal is sat on a charcoal block, on top of a heatproof tile, & soldering mat (i am safety concerned.) probably this has a redundancy but is the system I use. Spray flux on the entire piece. slowly I melt the solder working at the furthest metal points away from places to be soldered. slowly move torch around. The solder will spread one silver “flashes” orangey color. make sure some solder is on bezel to connect ring. the silver piece can be picked up up with copper tongs, then goes in a pickle solution followed by a water bath.

    Also, I scraped this project once about 6 months ago, because I melted off the little flowers (boy was I mad at myself!) so I put it away, then recut the metal (pre scribed w/ the ornate flowers) after some time passed.
    I had the pieces on my desk, and couldnt figure out how to use them. Then I saw something sort of similar to this, and bam….inspiration!

    next step is setting the stone. Some people use glue ( i did for this project) but there is a more traditional way to stone set, using either cardboard or sawdust.

    I have found Rio Grande to be a fair place for materials, but they are a sizeable investment, even at the beginners level

    I practiced making rings, but so far absolutely nothing postable. The silver work is slower for me because materials are expensive, and I can only play when kids are in school, and I have free time.

  14. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Lorrie maybe i should star saving my silver scraps for you…i am always trowing away little pieces of silver and gold filled…I will start putting it in an envelop you can use that to sawder yes? Let me know Deb

  15. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    LOL, Deb I save them all! Some I melt down with a pinch of Borax (used to burn out any impurities) and then pour over broomstraw & make waterfalls. I think I have posted those awhile back too. That would be awesome, Deb, Thank you for thinking of me!! Hugs

  16. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is wonderful, and you put it away!!!!! Now you have a cool bracelet.. I also save all my silver scrap, have lots of uses.

  17. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Lorrie, this is exquisitely gorgeous! 8O Absolutely breathtaking! A keeper for sure! :D

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    Jewelrybyirina says:

    Gorgeous bracelet!!!

  19. Boston Lady
    Boston Lady says:

    WOW! This is gorgeous. Very, very nice.

  20. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Thank you ladies!

  21. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Gorgeous!

  22. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Lorrie, Wow this is amazing!! You should be very proud of yourself you did a beautiful job. I would be keeping this one for sure!!!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Lorrie, this is spectacular! I would certainly keep it! :D

  24. JulzJewlz
    JulzJewlz says:

    Gorgeous, stunning, beautiful!! I totally love love love it…can you tell?

  25. Steph
    Steph says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  26. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Love this and the different shapes! Love the deep purple contrast with the silver!

  27. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Wow Lorrie. Wonderful design and many thanks for sharing “how-tos”. I have practised soldering by myself but always something is going wrong. It is hard to find teacher over here. *sigh*. Don’t you want to visit me and give me some lessons? Bed and breakfast including ;)

  28. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Lorrie WOW!! I love this bracelet what a wonderful work of art, you are doing some amazing work, keep up the good work!

  29. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Arja, come on over! I would love to meet you someday my wonderful friend! Maybe we can have a Seminar on techniques, all Chickies are so incredibly talented, would be very nice….

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! :D I have been so busy lately, it is great to pop on here & read such kind comments!

  30. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    I agree, we should have a seminar with PMC and soldering, lampwork, wireworking +++!! I’m coming!!

  31. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    That would be so much fun!

  32. Pam E aka funky tulip
    Pam E aka funky tulip says:

    Lorrie, this is amazing, and thanks for sharing your how-to’s… yet another thing to try someday. in the meantime, we get to watch you!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    This is gorgeous, you are clever Mommykat :D

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    OK. I’m trying to catch up on all the “goings on” around here! Lorrie!!! This is absolutely phenomenal!! You go girl! LOVE IT!
    And thank you for the tips! It’s too bad sterling prices have become so unbelievably high now. But I still hope to someday find someone to teach me these skills!

  35. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Ditto Mary S – I haven’t looked at all the lovely designs lately. I have had a busy schedule. This bracelet is really cool, and I envy your ability (and resources!) to try new techniques. Can’t wait to see more!

    I got my first paycheck from Michaels’ and spent it on a chasing hammer, bench block, anvil, and center punch. Next check…maybe the alphabet punches!

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