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"Road Travelled" Wedding Rings Patterned and coloured stone set

Customers Scrap Gold remelted & rolled and made into bands - 6mm wide
Customers Scrap Gold remelted & rolled and made into bands - 6mm wide
Hammered texture - Coloured stones supplied by Carella Jewellers - Bezels
Hammered texture - Coloured stones supplied by Carella Jewellers - Bezels
Settings have been soldered on. The ring has been "tripoli " polished - with is a rough pre polish
Settings have been soldered on. The ring has been "tripoli " polished - with is a rough pre polish
Side view Gents
Side view Gents
Polished ladies. 3 Different patterned finish, some burr divots, some patterned to look like reticulation and the hammered pattern
Polished ladies. 3 Different patterned finish, some burr divots, some patterned to look like reticulation and the hammered pattern
Patterns meant to symbolize " Road Travelled of life"
Patterns meant to symbolize " Road Travelled of life"
Featuring Facetted Ethiopian Opal oval, Cabochon Blue Sapphire oval, Rhodolite Garnet square & Hydrothermal Emerald marquise cut - all bezel set & 8 x diamonds ( clients) Hammerset.
Featuring Facetted Ethiopian Opal oval, Cabochon Blue Sapphire oval, Rhodolite Garnet square & Hydrothermal Emerald marquise cut - all bezel set & 8 x diamonds ( clients) Hammerset.
Featuring Bezel Set -Marquise cut Rhodolite Garnet, Marquise cut Hydrothermal Emerald, Oval Pastel Pink Tourmaline, Round Peridot & Amethyst & 9 small diamonds ( supplied by customer & Hammerset)
Featuring Bezel Set -Marquise cut Rhodolite Garnet, Marquise cut Hydrothermal Emerald, Oval Pastel Pink Tourmaline, Round Peridot & Amethyst & 9 small diamonds ( supplied by customer & Hammerset)

Custom Order Bird Charms

Bird Charms - Glue on print and cut out with a saw
Bird Charms - Glue on print and cut out with a saw
File to shape
File to shape
Burr holes in charms with a round burr
Burr holes in charms with a round burr
Filled the silver ones with 18 carat gold solder
Filled the silver ones with 18 carat gold solder
Made the orings . Cut 2 x 45cm chains in 1/2 to to make 4 bracelets, add on new end jump rings and 1 x new clasps  on 1 gold and one silver
Made the orings . Cut 2 x 45cm chains in 1/2 to to make 4 bracelets, add on new end jump rings and 1 x new clasps on 1 gold and one silver
Left the gold one as plain polished. The other 3 silver with gold solder I put various patterns on them to make the gold show up better. They were hard to photograph, the gold stood out more than it looks in the picture
Left the gold one as plain polished. The other 3 silver with gold solder I put various patterns on them to make the gold show up better. They were hard to photograph, the gold stood out more than it looks in the picture

Bangle made from clients scrap gold - Inside a Jewellers Workshop










This bangle was made from a worn out large hollowed out curb bracelet of the customer's - unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the bracelet before starting.
This bangle was made from a worn out large hollowed out curb bracelet of the customer's - unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the bracelet before starting.
*Started rolling it thru the mill in the square bars
Making sure to anneal ( heating to soften - placed in metho while still hot works well on yellow gold) the gold frequently to avoid cracking. Remelted metal does tend to crack - mostly at the ends but sometimes all over
Making sure to anneal ( heating to soften - placed in metho while still hot works well on yellow gold) the gold frequently to avoid cracking. Remelted metal does tend to crack - mostly at the ends but sometimes all over
* Rolling it out longer
If cracks appear, a way to combat this is to use a burnisher ( steel bar curved at top and polished) in a motorized flexi shaft, over the metal in a star shaped pattern
If cracks appear, a way to combat this is to use a burnisher ( steel bar curved at top and polished) in a motorized flexi shaft, over the metal in a star shaped pattern
* Bending the shape
Then once burnished place flux over the cracked area and heat, until the metal melds into the  area
Then once burnished place flux over the cracked area and heat, until the metal melds into the area
*Almost there
With this bangle I had to end up putting 2 gold sections soldered on the outer edge of the bangle so it had more contact when soldered together, as it kept breaking open as soon as I placed it on bangle mandrel. Hammered mostly with a Raw hide mallot (doesn't mark the metal like steel) on the bangle mandrel
With this bangle I had to end up putting 2 gold sections soldered on the outer edge of the bangle so it had more contact when soldered together, as it kept breaking open as soon as I placed it on bangle mandrel. Hammered mostly with a Raw hide mallot (doesn't mark the metal like steel) on the bangle mandrel
I then 1/2 round filed the bangle and emeried it. I use (roughest)320, 1200, 2000 & 3000 grit emery (finest almost like normal A4 paper). Going through all the emeries makes the final polish easier, especially in gold
I then 1/2 round filed the bangle and emeried it. I use (roughest)320, 1200, 2000 & 3000 grit emery (finest almost like normal A4 paper). Going through all the emeries makes the final polish easier, especially in gold
The finished product was 5mm wide bangle and about 1.6mm thick and 64mm bangle size. This was approx. 30 grams of scrap gold, prior to melting, you loose a portion during the melting process, and then some in the filing process as well. Always better to have a bit more than needed as you need to cut the ends off as they are no good.
The finished product was 5mm wide bangle and about 1.6mm thick and 64mm bangle size. This was approx. 30 grams of scrap gold, prior to melting, you loose a portion during the melting process, and then some in the filing process as well. Always better to have a bit more than needed as you need to cut the ends off as they are no good.



Custom Engagement ring make -Inisde a Jewellers Workshop blog















Here are the components of a two tone engagement ring



















Fitted together the top white gold section and soldered in, then setting rounded up the round setting punch that puts a taper on it.
Divided the setting into six and saw cut lines down the sides 

















Start filing the in between sections with a triangular file













Filing more


















Drilled thru the centre of setting , soldered in a post of white gold, drilled a hole in the centre of the ring for the setting





















Placed the diamonds onto the ring (upside down - stuck on with bees wax)) so customer could view placement
The stones will be set first then the centre setting soldered in ( so it is not difficult for the setter to get in there)


Completed piece
30 Pt F Colour VS2 Conflict Free Diamond
with 10 x 200 per carats shoulder diamonds
Split claw grain set

Just Beautiful



















































Exhibition Piece / 2 Diamond Wedding rings- Inisde a Jewellers Workshop Bog























Cuts in the pendant were made with a combination of a Jewellers saw and then widened with a "fisher burr" which is traditionally used for making the 1/2 round indents for claws on a setting.
Stones featured are 2 x round Peridot & 1 x Emerald Cut London Blue Topaz
































The 9ct yellow Gold 1/2 bezels ( for the peridot) were made from full bezels and then a line was cut in and a 1/2 round section was filed out.

The all over pattern was made with ball burrs.


























This is a piece completed for a Exhibition In Victoria. Was difficult to photograph, was more attractive in person























Sorry photograph isn't really clear.
These are some wedding rings I have previously blogged about they were split claw set ( cut from a solid ring marked out, drilled, filed and set) Example Photo Below



































Pieces Completed - Inside A Jewellers Workshop Blog
























2.5mm round 9ct Yellow Gold wire, bent into a U shape, then 2 bezels soldered onto the bottom. Bale made from plate with 2 x 1/2 round wires soldered onto the edges.  Then soldered solid onto U. Then the wire was placed thru the hole and hammered flat wider and then bent at the ends so it couldn't go back thru the hole























Finished product





















This pendant was made from 9ct Yellow Gold featuring a Zircon and Goldstone/ Shimmer stone.
This pendant was made with 2 wider bars down the back to lessen the gold content but not the strength. It is glued as well as set for security.



Pieces during Fabrication
























Soldering Stage



























Polishing stage









































Some of what was completed this week - Inside a Jewellers Workshop blog















1. Wax carved cast ring - slightly hollowed out underneath a little so it wasn't so heavy. 6mm + wide



















Handmade White Gold Bezel - Soldered on - Bezel Set & Small Diamonds Hammerset


















Still yet to be final polished and Rhodium Plated



2.














18ct White Gold initially rolled from 4.5mm Square Stock Gauge Bar.
Here it is rolled out to 3mm square



















Anneal the metal, then a portion is then cut off with a saw, bent up with a ring bender, annealed again, then soldered shut.




















The bands needed to be 3mm wide and 2 mm thick at the top section, to accommodate the diamonds - 14 x 2pt F + Colour, to be split claw set.



















Once the bands were soldered shut (smaller size then required)
I hammered/forged the bottom 1/2 of the shanks. This is done by hammering it from the side then annealing, then placing it on the ring pole and hammering from that angle.
Annealling again, then repeating again until the desired size is reached. This stretches the metal.

I will have more photos once they are set and Rhodium Plated





















3.
This is a natural piece of Chrysoprase that was found in Australia. I was commissioned to make a bale suitable for a Male and made in a thickness that complimented but not overpowered the Gem.

Made in a similar fashion to a D Shackle.
The bale is soldered on solid to prevent wear.
the Top D shape is made from 2.5mm wire. 2 x 3/4 circles were made and soldered onto the D shape. The pin is also 2.5mm thick.

The pin was then hammered at the ends to flatten them, and bent rounded at the end.



Sorry for the lateness of the blog, I haven't had much time lately




Making a Custom Nameplate "Tonita" - Inside a Jewellers Workshop Blog

Today I will show how a nameplate is
made from a solid piece of Gold 1.5mm 
plate/sheet.










Printed Name is glued onto the
piece of sheet















Cut off the excess sheet with a
Jewellers Saw - one day I will use
that excess gold for making
another piece of Jewellery
















Cut out closer to the letters 
















Now take off the paper so I can
 see a bit better, Drill holes in 2
places on the "T" and drill out the
 "O" and cut out and clean up
with saw blade, Just the "A" that
needs to be drilled out now.















Now I have cut out 2 x discs from
the 1.5mm plate for the 2pt
Diamonds to be grain set into.
Also cut a 45cm Gold Curb chain
 in half to be soldered onto the
diamond setting.


One side soldered on














After a lot of filing, emerying and
polishing this is the finished product.













Cyclone Marcia -Inside a Jewellers Workshop Blog

So I am a bit behind with the blogging - my apologies - and certainly a whole week without power because of Cyclone Marcia did not help.

I packed up my workshop and covered my electrical tools with plastic incase my workshop roof was ripped off !! Thankfully that did not happen.

Without power I was not able to finish off the Custom Pieces I had to do.
So next week will be full on.
Here is a ring that was finished just beforehand.
I was trying out new ways of Photographing the rings, I have constant issues with lighting in my photo tent , but as it seems I have figured out how to rectify that.
































By placing a miniature rose in the photo tent it changed the photos completely.

 From this -





























Where they all had faint stripes in them from the lights, which is very hard to edit out.
I am no photographer but I guess this has something to do with having something else colour wise to focus on.

Here a few pics of this ring being made.

The chequer board top cut on the top and bottom of the stone made the Amethyst more interesting and shimmerery.
































Currently being made -Inside A Jewellers Workshop Blog

A few pieces that are nearing completion are

Chequerboard Oval Amethyst Yellow Gold Bezel Set Ring

Yellow Gold Nameplate Tonita with 2 Diamonds Grain Set

Sterling Silver small inital A with a claw set Birthstone Aquamarine

18ct White gold ring with 5 x 3pt Diamonds channel set

I will post pictures once completed

























This is the last item that was completed
9ct Rose gold M Pendant with 6 hammerset diamonds - one of 3 Inital Pendants made for rural clients from Springsure QLD. We communicated via email regarding The 3 pieces. They are for all her childrens 21st gifts. The other 2  Were previously pictured in this blog a T & Z.

I  will also be soon uploading to You Tube some more mini slideshows of jewellery being made.Including the M , T & Z

Puzzle Keyring and Kangaroo's -Inside a Jewellers workshop Blog

This was completed recently a Sterling Silver Puzzle Keyring with a Bezel set Ruby
Commissioned for a 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift for my Clients Husband.
Saw cut from a solid piece of 1.5mm thick Sterling Silver plate.
 
















































Here are some other items that have been made by Saw piercing- Kangaroo's made for my American Relatives as a keepsake 








































You can do multiples at a time by gluing several sheets together with superglue and gluing on the picture and cutting out, you then can have mirror image like the kangaroos or 2 the same.
this is also good for making earrings, or charms, so it minimises the time taken if it was done individually ( place in metho to pull the the two apart)


The making of a plaited cuff - Inside a Jewellers Workshop blog


Hand Plaited Cuff Sterling Silver
with Twisted Copper
















This bangle was one of 3, I made
 a while back for a customer to
choose from
They were all a bit different to
each other




 








 



This one has plain round wire
















This one had twisted square wire.
with all different amounts of twist
















They had slight twist, medium
twist and a tight twist. The copper
 was twisted separately then
attached to the silver and then
twisted on together.

This is done by placing the wire
in a old hand drill, tighten and
place the other end into a vice
















Then crank it, the more you turn
it the tighter the twist will be.

 
Then solder the end of the 3
pieces together and place in
a vice to start plaiting it




 












Yes I know safety plus here
wearing thongs in a Workshop !















Once plaited , round up the
rough shape on a bangle mandrel

Solder the other end 3 wires together
So I could open up all the plaited
 wires with a round pointed punch
to make them look even

Hammer again on the bangle
mandrel with a rubber or rawhide
mallot as to not damage the
wires pattern

Then I made the End Caps from
flat silver sheet

Make up a cylinder , solder
shut with hard solder

Then file both ends till even,
then get some more flat Silver
Sheet, solder one end of the
cylinders to that to form a end cap


Cut off sheet and emery up,
and then solder onto the cuff


Please note the Blog
posts will new be
changed to Fortnightly
and posted on a Sunday

I am getting busier and busier 
with Custom Stock to be made 
and don't have a lot of time after
I Make it, Photograph it, Do Quotes,
Emails, Admin work, Social Media
Posts & Updating my Website etc
 
The only help I get is from
 "Workshop Dog Snippy"




 




















And frankly he's a bit slack, he mostly
 sleeps all day and if he does get
 to the bench he finds it difficult
to hold the files in his paw.

 

Before and after Alterations to Jewellery - Inside a Jewellers Workshop Blog



















Sorry im a bit late with the blog this
week. many custom Orders to
complete.

Here is a good example of what
alterations can be done to old
jewellery that is no longer
fashionable or is given to you
and you just don't like it.

The setting was removed and
part of the back height of it
was cut off to make it suitable
for a pendant.

The band of the ring was cut
 down the centre with a sawblade
then I wiggled some pliers in the
gap and bent the band outwards.
Then filed it, rounded the edges
and made a new claw setting
for a London Blue Topaz, Emerald cut.

Soldered it in and set stone and
Rhodium plated it.

It looks completely different, the
ring had a few other bits I had to
fix up on it , but in general it was
in good order.






















Here is another example of a
alteration, here a whole new
ring shank was made for this
setting, because the bale
( part the chain went thru) was
fragile customer was worried
she would loose it.


I will only repair jewellery that
was Custom Made or Purchased
from Carella Jewellers.

However I will do alterations like this.
I like the challenge of making it
into something different while still
keeping some components of
the original.

So if you have something sitting at
home in the jewellery box that
you wont ever wear, but you
like parts of it, give me a call,
I will be happy to discuss what
we can make from that piece.

Bye for now
Have a Great Christmas















"Different" items I can make. Inside a Jewellers Workshop Blog


Hi, today I thought I would go into detail about the various other "different"  items I can make.

Keyrings
They can be made from pretty much any metal but the most economical and durable is Titanium. Although Titanium can be a pain to cut out with a saw (saw piercing)this is because the blades break often and go blunt quickly, I still feel its the best option. Saw piercing is when you draw a design onto metal then drill a hole and then cut out the design so you have a positive and negative effect.

However if you wish the keyring to be set with stones, then you are better off with Silver, Copper or even Gold. As Titanium cannot be soldered unless you have a micro tig welder (which I do not have) Otherwise you have to use cold fastening methods eg Rivets. Titanium can be set with stones - Star/Grain or hammer set into it but again since it is so hard it wrecks the Graver blade of the tool you are setting it with.


Copper will quickly tarnish and no longer look as attractive as when it was polished, this is why I rarely use copper in my work.



 













This is a keyring I made for my Twin brother for his 30 Birthday  - it is a copy of his Cattle Brand - Sawpierced - Postive and Negative.
The gift to give when someone is very difficult to buy for !




 


















Cattle brand Pendant - Sawpierced - Postive and Negative

Eyebrow Barbells
I can make Eyebrow barbells, they are from one solid piece of metal and the filed out the centre thinner and round up the ends.
I cannot do the screw top type as yet

Stone Set and Plain nose studs

Baby Bracelets/charms






 























Masonic, Celtic, Egyptian, Titanium & Copper jewellery.
Pretty much if you have a picture of a design, I can let you know if I am able to transform that into a piece of jewellery.




 













Celtic






















Egyptian

















Titanium - Colour changed by heat


So if you are after something "different" give me a call, I am willing to give most things a try.
Carolyn 0407554160
To view all Carolyn has made look in "Gallery of Previous Work" on this Website