First thank you everyone for your posts and emails.
I have just made my trial rings from the embossed strips. Chamfered
the edges of the strip to make a comfortable ring.
By luck or happenstance making them up in L M and N sizes the
pattern joined. Only way to find the join was to look for the solder
line on the inside of the ring.
Some way smart dude did this design. I will now check out the other
As for comfort fit, I think the easiest way would be to draw low
profile half round wire and solder it to the embossed strip then make
the rings. Crisp embossed outside comfort fit inside.
Also made rings from oval wire 4mm by 2.2mm i. e.comfort fit both
plain bands and set with stones.
Customers agreed best feeling rings ever.
Now time to sell out the non- comfort fit stock and replace it with
comfort fit bands.
Glad I don’t carry much stock.
Might even wear one myself and I find rings annoying but have a
passion for making them.
Also had a guy who wants sharks teeth set in silver, had asked me
before but went with a trade trained jeweller.
The jeweller ground the top of the teeth down and lost the shape but
the setting was easy.
I am talking big white pointer’s teeth. Think JAWS.
Now he wants it done to keep the integrity of the teeth. AKA done
properly not the easy way out.
Some govt trained jewellers make original designs and quality but
this, I think, is due to their inherent ability rather than the
teaching they recieved. The best quality I have seen consistently is
from privately trained people.
All levels of the education system in Australian are aimed at
dumbing everything down.
When I started at The School for Silversmiths I asked Wal (Walraven
van Heeckeren, google this guy to see some amazing jewellery and
hollow ware) if I got a piece of paper from this course.
Sure he said and gave me a piece of paper. And told me the
qualification you get is the last piece you made. Those in the know
will judge you by your work not pieces of paper earned. And you will
NEVER work in a trade shop!
Instead of class one day Wal sent us off to see an exhibition at a
museum of current graduates work, no names no law suits.
We laughed out loud, stones not straight, bezels not down, metal not
polished etc. but very “artistic” LOL. Others looking at the
exhibition asked us what we did, we showed them what we made. They
could not believe it. Got lots of orders that day. We also had TAFE
students come to class, soon dropped out of TAFE, learned more in 2
months than in 6 at TAFE. We worked a full professional day at