Silver Fabrication Again. Finally.

You know what they say…if you let time pass, the next time you come back to something it will click. Right?

Ok.  So I made that up.

A while back I took an interest in silver smithing.  You can see my first piece at that link.  I didn’t talk much about the process because it was new.  I didn’t realize that as foreign as it felt to me that first time, it would do so for the next few times too.  I never wrote about it because I wasn’t committed to it and I didn’t get anywhere.

So, like with anything else that isn’t enjoyable, I abandoned it with intentions of coming back and really getting to know the materials in my spare time.  According to the date of that last post, I haven’t had spare time since November 2005.  That would sound about right.

But lately I’ve been inspired to pick it up again and give it a whirl.  The prime motivator was that I wanted to make glass rings that are more advanced than the ones I made with pre-made ring bands.  I also got a newer torch, a smaller one, and it is more manageable and hooks right up to my oxygen concentrator and propane set up that I already have.  That’s nice.

beads and silver claspHere’s my first attempt this time and the bead style that it goes with.  It’s  a clasp.  Don’t you hate it when your beads fall to the bottom of your wrist and you have a less than interesting clasp displaying out to the world?  This is the solution…or at least my intention.  Or maybe I’ll just sell them if I get around to it.

silver and glass clasp lori greenberg

You can see the imperfections if you know what you’re looking at and maybe even if you don’t know what you’re looking at but I’m pretty darn proud.

lori greenberg silver and glass clasp

And I even liked the process this time.  I found a great youtube video series from ArtJewelry Magazine that walks you right through it.  I think having the basics helped but it showed a different way of doing it that I was originally shown and it made a world of difference.

So, there you go.  My new love.

7 thoughts on “Silver Fabrication Again. Finally.

  1. That is really cool Lori. And I not only love the clasp, the beads are amazing. Very sophisticated color combination. Me likey!

  2. I have all the tools and I even finally have a dedicated workbench… I’ve bezeled rocks but never beads… I love that bead! Are you making an entire bracelet of them? No I just read the entire post it’s a clasp what kind of hook are you using?

    Have fun!

    Lynne

    I have some of my not so great silver pieces on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/islandgirl-le/page2/ they are about half way down the page… the opal is bezel set… my husband cut it… Need to do some beads though!

  3. Hi Judith.

    I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, or the beads. Right now the beads are for Tucson inventory and I love the clasp so much I’m not ready to put it up for sale yet. So that means I have to make a LOT more so I can let some go. For a clasp I am thinking about using a hammered S hook or other type of hook made from hammered sterling wire. Who knows…I make a bracelet solely out of these kinds of clasp.

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