All right, now take the last three rings, add a gem stone, some millgrain to go with the carved texture, and make it sharp. I turned the culet up on this gem since it seems to be in fashion lately to wear spiky rocks. Culets are supposed to be ground flat and parallel with the table, but this one is quite sharp.
I am reading about gems and how they were incorporated into rings in Rome. Accordingly, I’m learning to set and design with stones. It’s a lot harder than it looks. When you see them in a jewelry case, they’re neat and orderly. Your eye can pick up a hairs’ width difference if everything is not perfect.
The prongs on the left are forward by a tenth of a millimeter, and yet you can clearly see it in this macro image. Practice, practice, practice.
I made a femur ring almost a year ago. Now that I’m experimenting with stones, it only seemed like a perfect shank for a setting. This 8×10 CZ sits nicely between a twisted hip bone, don’t you think?
Didn’t loose any blood on this one. I know this beast better now. Figured out that the measure of gems isn’t always exact. Some were snug and some were loose in their seats. The garnets seem to be my new favorite stone.