as i’m fairly new to metalwork, i could use some help figuring out
what is going on with a bezel set, fused glass and sterling ring
that i made recently. the lady who commissioned it has since
complained that there are some small, spreading black spots under
the translucent glass stone. i couldn’t figure what it could be and
suggested she soak it in ammonia and see if that helped. she
reported back to me that the largest spot seemed to get smaller but
that there were still little bits that she could see under that
stone. since i have been experimenting with techniques and tools,
the only thing i could figure is that i may have burnished the
inside of the setting using a little steel brush on my flexshaft-
and although i’d like to think i washed it afterwards, i may have
eyeballed it, determined it was clean and set the stone- and the
brush left a residue that rusted when she washed her hands a few
times with the ring on? is this possible?
and my main question is- can it be remedied by soaking in something
like CLR or should i chalk it up to lovely ole experience and make
her a new one being careful to watch my steps?
(the wierd thing is that i’ve been on a ring making frenzy ever
since i got my kiln and have worn many others numerous times with no
problems. stands to reason that it’s the one that gets sold that
develops problems! )
any advice is greatly appreciated- particularly the advice that
keeps me from having to make her a new one!!!