This is how my commission project looks as of today:
I see I need to clean the bottom opening and remove some specks from the green stone. I’m going to leave the rim of clay sitting on the stones under the anti-glare shields to help keep the stones in place. I’ve included a nickel for size perspective.
Here I can see that the anti-glare shield for the right hand yellow stone is not coming down far enough; this wasn’t obvious in yesterday’s macros. I’ve finally gotten a stable loop on the right hand piece, but it needs a bit of reinforcement at the connection point.
Here I can see that I need to remove more clay from the outer edge of the bottom yellow stone.
Here I can see I corrected the problem with the red shield on the left hand piece, but the problem hasn’t been resolved for the green stone shield. I can see clearly, again, that the yellow shield on the right hand piece needs work, and I’m also concerned about the edges of the green shield; they’re too square and the edges need to be brought back out to a half-round. There is also a small blemish on the right hand piece, and all the stones need more cleaning.
Here is a snap of me wearing one of the earrings using a trial ear wire:
I was concerned about the weight. I estimate not more than 10 grams each based on the amount of clay I started with and the amount I’ve reduced to dust. They don’t feel heavy to me, but I am used to wearing big, bold earrings. If my customer feels they are too heavy, I have a plan to rebuild the earrings to be lighter. It’ll involve starting over, but should only set me back a week.