Got an email about an amazing new sculpting epoxy. You can drill it, file it, sand it, and paint it. The catch is that you’re gonna have to drill, file, and sand it because it sets up in 6 minutes including mixing time. It’s a chaotic mush fest with a timer. I’ll give it another try, but it’s really guerilla sculpting.
Brass plumbing parts are becoming a favorite base material. I found this 12mm Swarovsky crystal and went to the hardware store. The salesman asked why I was comparing the gem to the fittings. I said that I didn’t want my wife’s ring to fit down the drain. Making people laugh is always easier than explaining why you’d want to do that thing with the other thing.
Cracked quartz crystal bead in a brass bezel cup shaped like a golf ball. Size 7. Catches the light nicely.
You gotta love YouTube! I watched this little video about how to flush/burnish/gypsy set a stone and voila: Ring-A-Day!
Bending brass tubing around the ring mandrel was the hardest part of this ring. I put copper wire inside to prevent the tube from crimping, but didn’t lubricate it. A little graphite or oil would have made removing it much easier. The cracked crystal bead was chosen by my gemologically attracted wife. Her main criteria: Pretty, Shiny, Sparkly.