Project #2 – ‘S’ ring and bonus project

by laurie jane kern on July 25, 2009

It has been a busy week, and I have only now had the time to take my projects out of the vibrator. I put them in last Sunday evening.

Yes, last Sunday I tackled the second project in the ‘Workshop’ book, which is to make an ‘S’ ring. This project builds upon and modifies the ring made in project #1.   Here is a picture of some of the ‘S’ rings I made

'S' ring

I then took this project further and decided, why not make them nest. So off I went and made more ring, of the same size, and just before I twisted the ‘s’, I put then together with tape to hold them in position. After taping them together I put them on the ring mandrel and twisted. Here is the result.

Double S

Double S

But after that, I was looking at the book, and I noticed that at the end of project 1 there was a picture of a stone, in a bezel, mounted on the octo’ ring. I scoured the book but this was not a project that was listed.  It is on page 40 in the lower right corner of the page, if you have the book. This ring was a small garnet cab and was just calling to me.

Well, knowing how to make a bezel and I had some small garnet cabs in my stash, I then pulled out more wire, made 4 more octo rings, then made the bezels cups with an open back so light can come through the stones, soldered the bezel cups to the rings, and set the stones. I did find I had picked a bezel wire that was just a bit too big, but proceeded with the setting, liking the rustic dimpled look the setting ended up with.

Finally, after almost 8 hours of work [making ‘s’, double ‘s’ and garnet rings] I had over 14 items! Into the polishing tumbler they went.  Here are the garnet rings. The other 3 will go to friends: Elisa of Scotland, Janda the Fair Maiden of Tran, and Jean of San Jacinto.

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Laurie Jane Kern July 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

The arm is doing great, thanks for asking. I can almost raise my arm vertical over my head and I am beginning to get the range of motion to put my arm behind my back.I am now lifting light weights but after a long PT session the shoulder does hurt some. It looks like about 4 more weeks of PT, 3x’s per week – so I am counting the days.!

heather skowood July 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Hi Laurie!

Thanx again for stoppin’ in and commenting on my blog. Much appreciated.

I love your writing and your work. It sounds like you truly enjoy making. I feel the same making is breathing. Great job on the ‘S’ rings they look great!

How is your arm coming along, getting stronger?


Helen Hill July 26, 2009 at 10:57 am

Loving the nesting “S” ring! I guess you could easily solder them together at the back if you wanted to. As you said, the bezels on the garnet rings were a bit too tall, but easily remedied next time, by using a bezel that’s not so high, or if you find it is too high, sand it down before you fit the stone. Did you tumble after setting stones? That’s perhaps why there are a few chips in the garnets. Better to tumble before setting them, then a final polish after setting. Having said all that, they are really good and far superior to my early efforts. The girls will be very pleased with them I’m sure. You’re a quick worker too Laurie!

Valerie Heck July 26, 2009 at 4:23 am

That is a great project!

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