Monday, August 22, 2011

Wax carving is not my forte

My wax carving didn't work out at all. Instead of ending up with a finished channel-set wax carving, I had a bunch of small wax lumps and wax shavings everywhere. Clearly wax carving isn't one of my stronger skills.

I've had a hard time with this project because I just haven't been able to decide on a design. Channel settings usually contain several small stones but because of time constraints our instructor suggested we do a design with one large stone. My jewelry tends to be delicate and I couldn't figure out my own delicate design for a solitaire channel setting. Every time I started carving, it ended up looking wrong and nothing worked.

I think I have a design in my head that can be made out of metal so I'm going to try to make that this week.

I've also been looking at different chainmaille weaves because I'm interested in playing around with that. If I can find a good design I could work on that while watching tv. After all, I have a jump ring maker now and I can use that to make rings. Lots and lots of rings. And the best part about these rings is that I don't have to carve them out of wax.

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