I’ve mentioned often enough that in making the jewelry I make – I acquire the rough materials, cut and shape and polish them. Then design the setting/decide on what it will become.
In this process – I like to make sketches of what I envision the finished product to be. This helps in so many ways… No.1 – using watercolor is just simply a zen-like experience. For me. No. 2 – it really helps to keep me organized.
No. 3 – It keeps me focused. I might have an idea for some new aspect of design. Or in this sketching process I might have some sudden epiphany of what will work that I’ve not used before.
This is what happened with this latest “batch” of cabs off of the CabKing. I typically mark the silver with a sterling mark. And at some point in the process I solder a little “badge” on that is my maker’s mark. (Sometimes I forget to do one or any of these things in the proper time frame – and it just doesn’t happen :(. ) On these bracelets – and maybe if I use chain in a necklace – I have made a little extra piece – with my mark on the back and a metal (silver or copper) bead or ball on the front. It’s attached near the clasp. So cool!