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As you can see from the images below often I can help with non jewellery items too.
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Remodelled gold jewellery from old unworn pieces
18k yellow gold earrings and ring displayed in box
18k yellow gold diamond ring
Finished 18k yellow gold ring crafted from old unworn and sentimental gold jewellery. Diamonds from clients original jewellery.
18k gold opal and diamond ring
Finished 18k yellow gold ring with granulation detail and diamonds and opal. Hand crafted from the clients old unworn and sentimental gold jewellery. Diamonds and opal from clients original jewellery. The opal was cut from an old piece of opal that had cracked the client wanted to use as much of the remaining opal as she could.
18k stacking rings worn on model
Both sets of rings worn together as per design agreed by the client. All diamonds and part of the recut opal was used in this ring along with all her gold from her original jewellery
An alternative way to wear the rings
The stacking rings are beautifully versatile in that the rings can be worn in many combinations together and can be worn on their own also.
18k gold drops with opal and diamonds
These 18k gold earrings were also crafted from the same old jewellery we melted down to create the rings. The diamonds again were reused from the original and the opals cut from the same opal used in the ring.
bench shot of stacking rings
stacking rings on my bench after setting and polishing
Setting diamonds into the ring
A closeup shot of me preparing the seat to set a diamond in the ring.
An image of the unfinished rings in progress on my benchpeg
Work in progress Vanessa Miller Jewellery
A photo of the 18k earrings soldered together and ready for stones to be set.
Photo of soldering the ear wire to an earring
This is a photo of the earwire being prepared for soldering to the earring
18k yellow gold earring parts
All the components of the earring to be fitted together.
Bezel cups for the opals
Pierced out bezel cups in 18k gold. Once soldered to its components these will take the triangular/shield shape opals for the earrings
Opals and bezel cups
18k bezel cups in process of being cut from the sheet soldered to.
Shaping the wire
Here we are rolling down the gold wire ready to be drawn down through a drawplate and forged with hammers to shape further and make various components, here I am creating the shank of one of the rings.
Once melted in the crucible the molten liquid gold metal is poured into a mould ready for us to forge into shape.
Old gold pendant being recarrated
As the final items of jewellery is to be 18k gold. I needed to recarat the old jewellery. So after checking the purity of the gold from the pendant and calculating the quantity of pure gold required to recarat the pendant was melted in a crucible and recarated from 14k to 18k.
Old ring melted in crucible
The old ring was checked for purity and I calculated the quantity of pure gold required to recarat the metal from 9ct to 18k yellow gold. As the new pieces were to be made in 18k
A lovely detailed silver ring set with labradorite was brought into the workshop for adaptation from a ring into a pendant.
Side view of ring
Back view of ring
Using my piercing saw I removed the shank from the head of the ring
Then I cut a small section from the shank again using my jewellers saw.
The small section was then turned into a bale (loop to allow a chain to pass through) using heat to soften the metal and pliers to form the loop. The bale was then soldered and filed to shape before a connecting look cut and laserwelded into position.
The reverse of the finished pendant
The finished pendant oxidised and lightly polished with bale
The completed pendant
Transformed from ring to pendant.
An interesting silver ring sent in for modification.
Reverse of the ring showing remnants of a paint that had been applied to the stone to make the stone appear dark.
The stone has been carefully removed and the stone and ring cleaned of the peeling paint.
A backplate has been pierced from silver (seen here with its blue protective cover to the right of the ring) this will be shaped to the contour of the stone and soldered in place.
Here is the finished ring; polished, its black patina applied using an oxidising solution before the stone was returned to its mount and set.
Repair: Brass Draw Handles
Brass draw handles repaired and refinished
Brass handles repaired and ready for finishing
Brass handles pre (left) and post (right) finish
Brass handles brought into the workshop for repair
18kt gold wedding ring resized and polished
A section is cut with fine blade
Ring is ready to be shaped and soldered closed
Wedding ring polished to a mirror finished