With my sisters and mom, they usually get jewelry as gifts from me. My youngest sister always wears a Star of David necklace. I've made her other necklaces before, but she always sticks with that one.
One of the necklaces I previously made her.
This time, I decided to make her earrings to go with her necklace. She doesn't wear earrings often, but I thought a pair of studs, rather than my typical long earrings, would be right up her alley. So for those of you not familiar with the jewelry process, I took a few pictures to kind of give you an idea of my process, but of course, I forgot to take pictures while I was doing it again. That's going to take some getting used to.
So I started with a sketch which I don't always do, but when a piece involves a bezel, the sketch usually helps me a lot. As you can see, it's nothing special. I used the stone to help me gauge what size I needed to make it, and then I actually printed out some templates to help me with cutting.
I cut the pieces out of 20 gauge sterling silver sheet, taping the paper down with some double stick tape. I used my jeweler's saw with beeswax for lubrication. I also cut out a flat strip of metal to make the bezel (tube that goes around the stone).
In this photo is my jeweler's saw, the silver sheet, beeswax, one of the stars of David that I cut out and a bezel that I already soldered and formed into a circle. On the back of the Star of David, I also stamped .925 (because it's sterling).
I kinda broke off one of the posts and had do do some surgery when setting the stone.
The bezel is not actually soldered on in the above photo, but you can see how I would have soldered it on. Also pictured is the earring post. After the bezel was soldered on, I filed and sanded it down to the right hight for the stone. I then soldered on the earring post on the back of the earring. I made sure to sand down the entire earring up to 1 micron sandpaper (14,000 grit). I actually don't use sandpaper. I use 3m radial bristles in my dremel (haven't had a chance to set up THE FLEX SHAFT I GOT, thanks mom & dad!).
After that, I put the earrings in the tumbler overnight to just polish them up some more, and make sure they were nice and strong. Finally, I set the stones.