|Two dozen tiny diamonds|
This week I went back to Creative Side Jewelry Academy, where I made my crescent moon pendant, and with the assistance of Wynn Bradford, set three of the diamonds in the "crater".
|Inspecting the diamonds|
We chose the five stones with the best color and shape. Next it was time to determine the placement for three of them in the pendant and mark them with a sharpie.
|Marking the positions for the stones|
The process sounds pretty straightforward, but nothing is ever as easy as it looks (especially when a professional is demonstrating). Before attempting to set the stones in the pendant, I tried a couple of practice runs with some CZs on a piece of scrap.
|Practicing a flush setting|
Sensing my hesitation, Wynn offered to set the diamonds into the pendant for me. I'm glad he did - I learned a lot just by watching, and the result is beautiful.
|"Floating" diamond pendant|
After finishing my pendant, I still had twenty or so tiny diamonds left over, and didn't want to just put them back in the little ziploc bag to continue languishing. My friend Jonathan (of the sapphire earrings) had suggested getting a small crystal locket, and putting the loose stones to make a "floating diamond" pendant. So that's exactly what I did.
Now, all the diamonds have a place, and I have two wonderful pieces of new jewelry with my old stones. Lucky me.
|My finished Moon and Stars pendant|