Or nose to the filing and shaping, more precisely.
Here’s a peek at my commission piece in its first stage of the new design:
The slab is 4.5mm thick (3/16″), 35mm long (1 6/16″) and 11mm wide (7/16″). The prongs may look crooked, but they’ll be straightened out after firing; the bases of the settings are correctly aligned, which is more important at this stage.
On the back I hallmarked the back of each piece with a heart and “.999FS”, which means 99.9% fine silver. The heart is for love from the client (and is part of my brand signature, ♥K).
The anti-glare shields are the perfect height and, while the base is drying to the bone dry stage (which may take 24 hours because of thickness) I will file and sand them. I made them 1/16″ (1.6mm) thick and I have two spares for this delicate next step.
After I file and sand the bases, I’ll adhere the shields, let everything dry for about 8 hours, and pop them in the kiln.
All is going well so far!