Post # 1
In a previous post, some of you voted on a setting for my new stone, and I wanted to thank all of you who took a minute to vote and give me your opinions. I ended up going with the “loser” setting lol, but it’s really pretty in person, and I love it!!
Ok, so here’s the deal. This whole thing started as an “experiment” to see if I could put together a ring on my own. Because I was experimenting and the odds of it going horribly wrong were pretty good, I obviously didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the project. So I got an inexpensive stone and an inexpensive setting from Etsy, and I went for it!! And I absolutely loved the end result!! So I’ll leave some pictures for you to check it out (please excuse the beat up nail polish), and hey, maybe some of you that are looking for rings but have a really tight budget, can be inspired by my experience. (Note that I am wearing it on my left hand, but that’s only because as a right handed person, I couldn’t for the life of me take a decent non blurry picture with my left hand! lol).
The stone I used is iolite (it’s fairly inexpensive in general), mine cost around $15, and the setting was around $12. To set it, I just placed the stone in the setting, and with small pliers I adjusted the prongs. You have to be careful doing this, because you have to squeeze hard enough for the prongs to securely hold the stone in place, but not hard enough that you could damage the stone. I’m no expert, but I would suggest using jewerly pliers (you should be able to find them at Michael’s or any other craft supply store) although regular needle nose pliers should do the trick too. I’ve been wearing the ring the whole time to see how it holds up, and so far, it’s been a success!! I keep poking the stone to see if it moves lol but nope, it’s holding up like a champ!! I wish I had more tips or advice to give, but it was really that simple.
Have you ever tried to make your own jewerly? Share your experiences! Have a great friday everyone 😉
Post # 3
Please make more jewellery I love making jewellery myself and would love to see you make more, the end result is really pretty xxx
Post # 4
Super cute!! You’re awesome OP!
Post # 5
Great job! I think the setting is really pretty. (I don’t remember if I voted in the poll, but if I did, it’s likely I voted for this setting. I tend to vote for the “losing”options most of the time — ha, ha!)
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
Very pretty and so cool you put it together yourself!
Post # 7
That’s fun! Make sure it doesn’t shift around and is a snug fit so you don’t lose the stone. I make jewelry too- professionally I make high end costume/fashion but im studying fine jewelry.
I finished this silver ring last week- 5 carat cushion amethyst and trillion topaz in a open back bezel setting. I loooove it and want to make a line of interesting colorful mosaic rings one day.
Post # 8
I really want to make some more, but I have to be careful, or I’ll end up spending the whole Christmas budget on new jewerly for myself! lol
thanks! hey, if I could do it, anyone can!! I’m not the craftiest person in the world, so I’m just happy I came out nice!
ya, I tend to go for the less popular stuff too. It may look like I’m trying to pick up a fight by always going against the majority, but I swear I have good intentions!! lol
thanks! I think the fact that I put it together it myself made me happier than the ring itself. Don’t get me wrong it’s a really cute ring, but I felt really accomplished!!
That ring is gorgeous!! I think I won’t be getting anywhere near bezels just yet, they look really tricky!! (And I probably don’t have the appropriate tools) Oh I would love to see more of that new line of yours, I really love that look. In fact, you said “colorful mosaic” and I automatically thought of an argentinian ring designer I love, who does exactly that, but not with stones, it’s just silver. It’s not for everyone, but I find him so fashion forward and artsy, it’s right down my alley. This is some of his work.
Post # 9
very cool! Yes making a setting requires a blowtorch set up, can’t really do it at home!