Every one of my pieces starts with a stone. The metal and style for a non-commissioned piece serves only to protect and compliment the heart and soul of the piece – the stone. These little Lightning Ridge black opals want to be bezel set.
Pure silver plus alloy equals .925 sterling sliver. Time to do some math.
After the metal is melted together to make the correct alloy and the ingot is poured, wire is rolled to the correct width and gauge on the Durston rolling mill.
Bezels are formed to the stones. Next step: carve some wax for casting a ring to mount the bezel on.