Jorgensen Studio creates artisan handmade jewelry in sterling silver and other precious metals. I specialize in unique non-traditional engagement rings, wedding bands, and vintage inspired jewelry. Thank You for visiting. I hope my art brings as much joy to you as it does me.
The Anatomy of a Wedding Set
Commissions are fun to do. Stressful, but fun. The sweetest girl named Jill asked me to custom make her & her beloved a wedding set similar to one of the designs in my shop. I was so honored to be chosen to make something so special, I thought I would share the process......
First I had to build the stock for the bands in flat pieces. Getting the pieces of stock to cooperate and lie flat is tricky sometimes but that is where a good rawhide mallet comes into play.
This picture shows the two pieces made for the rings. The one on the left is after the silver has been picked & the one on the right is before pickle, just after soldering with all the flux still on the silver. It looks bad at first but as you can see the pickle cleans it up nicely.
Then the next step is to cut the new stock to length & shape around the mandrel to make rings. The ends have to be filed & fitted several times to make sure they fit just right so the solder join is strong. A rawhide mallet works best to shape the rings as it does not mar the outer surface design of the metal.
This is a picture of the rings finished but before the patina has been added. I soldered in a 14kt white gold bezel for the diamond. The gold is stronger & more durable than the silver so it is best to set valuable stones in a harder metal.
It also makes the stone harder to set as the bezel takes much more pressure to turn over the stone.
The rings look nice in this matte finish. Just a brass brush & some steel wool to make them nice and clean & smooth for the patina.
You know me... I can't seem to call something finished unless I dip it in patina.
The patina took several layers of process. One was an overall patina where I then polished off the middle high spots. Then the outer ring edges had to be sanded smooth & re- patinaed twice to get a nice even color. I painted the patina on with a paint brush on the final step.
Into the tumble for a nice polish & then I set the stone. I think they turned out very nice. I hope Jill and Barrie like them & wear them in good health for many happy years!
I use mostly bezel settings in my work. I make my rings so that the bezel is flush with the band and does not sit atop of it for a more integrated look. Having the bezel setting taper allows for a bigger stone to be set while still allowing the bands to sit closer together for stacking rings.
Being mostly self taught, I looked to the google first to see if I could find a tutorial on how to make these types of bezels. There were none to be found. I did find a rather heavy bezel block that is used to make these tapered bezels and bought it, but alas, it did not come with instructions.
After many failed attempts to make a cylinder turn into a cone, I figured I must be doing something horribly wrong. Wouldn't you know it, there was math involved, much to my dismay.
I am going to show you the process I have come to for making this little tapered bezel step by step. Except for the math part ( you will need that to make your template), it is simple. I did come across this nifty cone calc…
Mother's Day Gift Guide
8 Things Mom would Really Love
Mother's Day is fast approaching. If you are the kid that runs into CVS before brunch every year for a card and a bunch of flowers that are less than fresh, let me help you out with a few ideas that she will really love. Most are affordable and some can even be done last minute.
1. Your Time:
Schedule a special day for you and her to spend some time together. It could be mani/pedis at the spa. A trip to her favorite museum or art event. Even a class that you can do together. "Plant nights" are a cute thing that are popping up across the country where you spend the evening making a terrarium to take home. If plants aren't her thing how about a night of wine and painting? Those things are everywhere.
2. Plants Not the dying ones for the grocery store or the pharmacy chain. Have one of these super adorable kits shipped to her - we don't all live close enough to do plant night together, but she can build…