Who does not love jewelry? Imagine designing and making your own unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Shown below are some of the gorgeous pieces made by Linda Murray.
The lapis lazuli pendant is a piece you can learn to make in the silver one class. A bezel is cut to fit the stone and then soldered to the backing. These stones are cabochons. You can learn to make them in lapidary class at the Club.
The design for the copper pendant with a silver tree scene is cut with a coping saw and sweat soldered over the copper piece. The bale is added at the end. Isn’t it amazing?
To make the silver bracelets, the frame is built out of sheet silver, the bracelet is formed into the cuff shape and the stones are cut to size to carefully fit into the bracelet.
The Sun Lakes Rock Gem and Silver Club provides lessons and much encouragement to its members. Why not learn a new skill, meet some great people and produce beautiful works of art?
by Cathy Porter
Appeared in the Sun Lakes “Splash”, May 2021