This ring I began in Spring Semester. It was an assignment on sweat soldering. The band looked absolutely perfect until I decided I wanted to solder on a bezel and got lazy about it, didn't curve the bezel enough, and then tried to over compensate with solder. This served as a reminder that solder is not meant to fill gaps. Solder is meant to connect two flush fitting pieces of metal. I didn't get so great of a grade on this due to that. I kind of gave up at the time and turned it in as you see it in the above photo.
This photo is from last week. I took the bezel off and attempted to draw out all of the extra solder. I also attached a new bezel (the metal around the stone) with a backplate. In between spring semester and now, I somehow managed to lose the stone that I was going to use on the ring, so I had to use a different one. This one is a bit bigger and a more difficult shape for my first bezel. I made a couple of boo boos and managed to stretch the bezel too much, so I ended up having to cut it down, thus the lines you see in the finished piece. I tried to mesh it with the design of the ring.
It's not perfect, there are scratches all over it, and there is an unfortunate chip in the stone. Luckily, this piece is for me, and I'm still pretty happy with it. I also am 100% confident that it would turn out so much better if I made it again. I learned a lot from this project.
This is my favorite place to wear this ring. Please excuse the nasty gash on my finger. We dropped a 150lb stump on my finger.
Why a stump? Stumps are great for stamping metal! The thickness absorbs the vibrations that hammering causes to keep your metal and stamp from bouncing and give you deeper and better impressions in the metal.