I have been taking a jewelry class in Santa Barbara at Adult Ed. in order to improve my soldering skills. Above is a Sterling Silver pendant I made with Roman Glass beads. Forgive the bad color as I left my tripod (that my hubby gave me for xmas) at the Art Clinic. I will take a better picture but wanted to add it here tonight. The spiral has been soldered to the bezel, which I made (tra la) and the cool textured background is made with a tool in class, which I do not know the name of, but it is like a mini pneumatic hammer which leaves a small pit in the silver which picks up the patina so nicely. Oh, and those are roman glass beads that come from an excavation site in Afghanistan- those beads are about 2000 years old!!! From some old garbage heap I bet.
I just recently purchased a video from Interweave publishing on Resin by Susan Lenart Kasmer.
she is very creative and although I have been using resin for bottle caps for awhile now, SLK takes the product to another level. Above is a piece of paper that I coated with resin on a silver open bezel. When I trimmed the resin, the paper fell off so I stitched it on with ss wire, an idea I will explore more. Below is the backside.
Below is another lousy picture- this is a bezel I made to house this goddess collage.Originally I was not going to use resin but got carried away when playing with the other pieces. This was supposed to have a mica top with a ss frame cold connected together so that the shells and gears inside could move freely. I will make another later. I do like this composition, non the less.
Below is a save job on a bezel I created in class. Both of these have texture on the back by the way.
Only the center of this has resin. That way the little spokes of silver can move. I really like the way this turned out. Behind the paper collage is copper mesh. That egg shapes houses the tree of life, in case you didn't recognize it.