Yay! I am finally able to post the image of the latest custom piece I've been working on, a companion piece to the wide band ring with the Guatemalan overlay. When I met with the client to present the ring, he was extremely happy with it and said he'd like me to make something for his daughter's birthday, which was coming up in a few months. I did something I almost never do, and suggested we come up with some ideas right away (I always have a terrible time promoting myself, even when someone comes right out and asks me!). Anyway, since I still had the other (not quite) half of the slider, I suggested a pendant, and off I went. After coming up with several designs, the client chose this one, and even though I'm the one who drew it, once it came to making it I realized how complicated it was going to be! Yup, even I sometimes forget that just because I can draw it easily doesn't necessarily mean I can forge it as easily!
This piece required nine separate pieces of silver to be soldered together, all without unsoldering any that was already soldered (you with me so far?), and then the fun part - the stone is a Brazilian Emerald, and I think I held my breath for the entire time I was setting it - they are very fragile, and I was warned by several people that it could shatter very easily. Because, you know, it wasn't stressful enough already, ha-ha.
In the end it all worked out, all the pieces stayed together, the black patina stayed where it was supposed to, and that pesky, lovely Emerald cooperated and didn't shatter. All in all, a successful piece, and the client was very happy with the finished pendant.
It was really flattering to be a part of another custom piece that is so meaningful to not just one, but two people. May they wear them in good health for a long time to come.