DIY: Vice Installation

Now, I’m fairly confident playing with precious metals but yesterday I had to do some proper DIY.

I’ve treated myself to a new workshop vice (I know, I could have bought shoes …) which has been sitting around for a fortnight while I worked up the courage to get the really big drill out. Normally I would just look pitiful until Mr W came to my rescue but he insists that I must learn and, therefore, I did DIY:

It wasn’t particularly fun (the lock nuts were particularly tricky with only a spanner and a pair of pliers) but I am proud of having managed it:

Plus I’ve tested it and it didn’t fall off the worktop onto my foot *hurrah*

Sapphire Earrings: Part one

Today I spent some time working on a something for a family friend, making sapphire earrings to match a piece that she’s going to wear on her wedding day.

It was something of a rush job so instead of making a wax carving to cast or getting them put into CAD/CAM production I opted to go all old fashioned and make them totally by hand:

It was actually really nice to get engrossed in something a little different from my usual work, and to have a bit of a challenge too.

So now they’re ready to polish and, after that, the stones will go in (probably sometime next week):

New Stones …

I came back from a flying visit to IJL this week with a bag filled with new semi-precious gemstones to experiment with, here’s a taste of what will be appearing in the workshop soon: