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Sterling silver, fine silver, paua shell. Roll printed, soldered. Roll print blank made in class taken 3 years ago. Size 7


Lessons Learned:

• Flattening a seam before soldering may make for better/flusher joins. There's a little channel on the outside seam - although it's completely soldered and joined.

• Even when the top and bottom are flared - you still need to make the ring larger to fit a specific size.

• Cutting and filing both ends of that little 1.5mm piece of wire at the same time is the right thing to do. If you wait until after a longer wire is soldered to the bezel cup, then try to hold the cup with pliers as you file the other end - you end up crushing the cup. Ask me how I know.

• Having light bulb moments as you type is exciting. Maybe I could have sunk the cup into thermoplastic to hold it as I filed. Then there would be no crushing. Hmmm...

• Sometimes an idea comes out almost as perfectly as it was in your imagination.

• Simple is good.

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Taken on January 30, 2011