pao and I don’t like to give each other chocolate for Easter. For one thing, we love us some really decent chocolate at almost any other time of the year (check out Madame Oiseau as a point of reference) and we love giving each other much more memorable gifts for Easter. One year, I received all the yarn for a cardigan; this year was a ring-making lesson with Canterbury Ringmaking.
So the very lovely Guy Meurice turned up to our house with all of his kit this evening to help me with my lovely gift. This tiny piece of silver wire was going to be a ring.
He very kindly allowed me to make a ring with a stone which is what I’ve secretly been hankering for ever since I saw someone else’s on his Facebook page. Normally, you get to make a beautiful silver band on his workshops but he gave me some extra time and the materials for this moss agate ring.
Sirius was naturally at his most helpful. We had to shut him out when we were soldering as I was afraid he’d get himself singed or set on fire.
First step was to bend the ring into a ring shape and file the cut bits so they fit together. I was thrilled that my ring was starting to take shape. A bit of soldering and curing in some acid meant my ring was a ring!
Using a mandrel and a leather hammer, I was able to shape and stretch my ring a little to fit my big tree trunk fingers (I’m a size Q, don’t you know? [thought you ought to know if you're ever inclined to make me a ring]).
More soldering to get the setting onto the ring. A useful tip from Guy was that we put the setting on the opposite side to the open edge.
Guy brought a polishing machine and once the soldering was done, I got to polish my ring (no sniggering, pao).
Tamyra slept through the whole process until the polishing part and then she was very interested in what was going on.
We then put the stone in the ring and basically pushed the silver until it held the stone in place – quite a process. Guy was very kind and helped me do this as it would have taken me an age to do. Et voila, a beautiful ring!
Thank you very much, Guy, for teaching me (he is a very kind and patient teacher) and to pao for giving me this wonderful gift. I can’t stop looking at my finger and admiring the ring I made Hurrah!!