You’ve probably noticed, I’m loving the new Artisan Whimsy site… the challenges are really good fun!
The metal team has issued the Metal prong Challenge, and as this type of setting is something I’ve never done before I thought I’d have a bash. I had some pieces of copper already etched so I decided to chop one of these up to make a backing for one of my ceramic cabochons. I love it that with all the different things I’ve tried over the years, I’m now at a point where I can make a complete piece of jewellery from start to finish. The end result is far from perfect, but luckily I like the arts & craft/rustic style 😉
For the prongs, I used 2mm copper wire (coz I’m a bit of a wimp and thought they’d be more difficult to make a mess of) and set them on the backing in a similar way to the tutorial on the site (check out the post here) I did mine, slightly differently to the way they showed as I didn’t have any rivets, so just sawed the wire flat and soldered straight on to the backing.
The prongs hold on to one of my ceramic face cabs, and sit above a bezel set amethyst cab. I decided to file the face of the prongs, as the wire was so thick it really stood out and didn’t look right, then when everything was set, it was patinated and polished, and strung on a silk cord with Czech glass, copper and grey stone beads.
Thanks to the Metal Team for setting the challenge. I’ve learned quite a lot taking part, (mainly what not to do!) and I hope to use this style of setting in the future in more designs.
If you’d like to take a look at what others in the challenge have done, here’s a link to their blogs…
The Beading Yogini, http://www.thebeadingyogini.com
Caroline Dewison, BlueBerri Beads, http://blueberribeads.co.uk/
Pam Farren, http://www.re-maker.blospot.com
Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments, http://northernadornments.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements, http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy, http://mybeadtherapy.blogspot.com
Lisa Laffend, http://kokopelliegirl.blogspot.com/
Laura Medeiros. http://zoeowyn.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things, http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry, http://design.kcjewelbox.com/
Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs, http://orrtec.blogspot.com/
Julie Panusis, http://catsmeowco.blogspot.com
Mary Ellen Parker, http://beetreebyme.blogspot.com/
Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals, http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/
Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery, http://www.daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs, http://www.francescawatson.com
Jean Wells, http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs, http://lindysdesigns.blogspot.com/