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Blue Chalcedony Stacking Set

Created in this Craftsy Course

Micro Torch Basics taught by Kate Richbourg

Let Kate Richbourg introduce you to what she calls "the best gateway drug for serious jewelry making" with this FREE Craftsy mini-class!

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Category Jewelry
Type Accessory
Style Retro / Vintage, Classic
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Who is this project for? Women

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What materials did you use? Copper, Sterling Silver, Semi Precious Stones.

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What are you most proud of? Years ago I saw a stacking set of rings on Etsy that I wanted to buy, bought the torch and lots of supplies and was too afraid to "jump in" and make the rings. I have designed wire wrapped jewelry for years and thought "this is something I can do". Well, NOT! So it sat there for almost 2 years, and then I saw the Micro Torch class and watched it - and got up the nerve to try it. I LOVE IT! So thrilled I finally took a chance and dove right in.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Patience, and more patience and you should become a stickler for details. The end result is SO rewarding, I still walk around with a smile on my face at what I have accomplished - these rings above are really my 2nd and 3rd ring that I have worked on.

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Thanks so much for the kind words. I got the basics from this video, but I had two books from years ago that I finally "read" and learned how to set a cabochon from them. I did solder the bezel setting to the ring band - and then set the stone by pushing that bezel all around the stone. I think the next video in this series probably goes into this more. I spent SO much money on getting more supplies that I tried to "wing" it with this free video and my books. So far it is working out nicely. :) I loaded some new pics of these rings and another I finished today. Can you tell I'm giddy with my new found hobby???

06/18/2013 Flag

A justifiably so. You do beautiful work.

06/25/2013 Flag

it looks very professional

06/20/2013 Flag

Really beautiful. Love them!!!

06/26/2013 Flag

Beautiful - well done! You've certainly inspired me

07/16/2013 Flag

Wow, I can't wait to get started. What brand of torch did you buy? Does it really matter or are they all pretty much the same?

08/08/2013 Flag

I have a torch I bought about 4 years ago, but it happens to be a blazer. I think they look a little different now, but function the same. It works great for me, other than when working with thick wire (like 4g). For that I think I need something that gets a little hotter, so I am looking into a water torch (I do not really want gas in my house). :)

09/21/2013 Flag