Tuesday, September 29, 2009
So soldering on the prongs was quite the challenge.... We first fit them all and then super glued them in place. We then placed them in the clay and soldered on the bottoms of the prongs using medium gold solder. We are working in silver, but he said using the gold solder would be a tiny bit easier, and really you can't see it that much anyway. Also, we are going to rhodium plate the entire piece at the end.
We are now in the process of reaming out an oval in the bottom gallery section as you can see in my photos. Then we are going to saw apart the prongs at the top and finish up the rest of the setting. We are also supposed to make the shank tomorrow. I really hope we get this ring finished tomorrow, I want to see the final piece!
--Also the prongs are still super long and need to be trimmed to the proper size, so don't let that throw you.