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Opal Ring by SoulStoneDesigns Opal Ring by SoulStoneDesigns
A commissioned piece, the client supplied me with this amazing opal doublet that has every color in the spectrum and asked for a SS cuttlefish cast ring. This is by far the best ring I've made - I cast the shank straight and spent a long time filing and forming it around the bezel cup. My fingers are definitely worse for wear - a blood blister (I hammered my finger - thankfully it was the rawhide mallet and not the steel chasing hammer!), three calloused fingertips, various places where I sawed into my skin by accident, and a file jab later, this ring is finished! Henry keeps trying to swipe it.

Sometimes the best pieces evolve around a stunning gem.

~Cynthia
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:iconsilvy-j:
silvy-j Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
OMG!!! Amazing opal and excellent work!
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DetoxDowntime Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
A very handsome piece
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rachelemmeline Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
so pretty!
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Marena84 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that stone is gorgeous O.o
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dreamer07079 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
What a beautiful ring! That stone is simply stunning, and you made the perfect ring for it.

And I totally feel your pain on the hand wounds lol. When I made one of my rings for school, I wound up with the same ailments haha. Hammering your finger with the rawhide mallet hurts like hell. Keep your blood blister covered with a bandage until it goes away. If you break it, it may come infected (though the urge to break it is almost impossible to ignore...). Glad your ring came out so amazing! :D
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jadedlady Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Wow - This is amazing! :wow:
Seems like all the wounds were worth it! Too bad you have to give it up, huh?
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
I know...I really loved this one.
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jadedlady Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Well, you have SO MANY beautiful pieces in your gallery . . . I need to keep my eye on ya! ;)
I'm adding you :+devwatch:
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Zen-Art-Gallery Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Student Photographer
WOW - thats ALL i can say!!!!


how do you make these?
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
With a lot of cussing.
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:iconzen-art-gallery:
Zen-Art-Gallery Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Student Photographer
haahah but how
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
Cuttlefish cast soldered to a hand-fabricated bezel, with liver of sulphur patina.
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UncleMou Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow! it looks a piece from the heaven ...
:gallery:
from where is fire Opal came from, Australia?
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GipsonDiamondJeweler Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
smashed and cut fingers, the familiar marks of a true jeweler ^^ you'll never see those kinds of "scars" on some guy working for Zales claiming to be a jeweler XD

haha, anyways, this piece is very beautiful! The ring compliments the opal, and they go very well together :D
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thanks :)
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GipsonDiamondJeweler Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're welcome
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Beautelle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, the ring is very well made, and the gem is soo beautiful!! i love opals ^_^ this photo manages to capture some of it's radiance ^_^
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
Thanks! I love opals too, I've enjoyed working with them :)
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Beautelle Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!!

mmm, do you have a favourite gemstone? or one that you enjoy working with best?
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Hehe, sometimes it depends on the day of the week as to how I answer that. I've got a top ten list that rotates, or just whatever's caught my interest. I love tourmaline and it's not as expensive as some of the other favorites of mine (alexandrite, for example, whew), so you'll see a lot of that in my work.
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Beautelle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, yep that makes sense!

ooh! yep tourmaline is beautiful ^_^ especially great since it looks wonderful and is also relatively cheap ^_^ and alexandrite is very nice too ^_^
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Littleblackbeetle Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
Gorgeous, I would love this in my jewellery box
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
No kidding, I wish we still had it!
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Littleblackbeetle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
I bet you do
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unicornslave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
beautiful stone... most fitting setting... very nice. I just love sparklies! *steals it*
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
You know what - the commissioner didn't like it, so I had to completely remake this ring in a different style :shakefist: I like the original incarnation better, but at least she's happy now. I'm glad you like it :)
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unicornslave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
I liked it - the stone was large and needed a bold setting, and i liked the hammered look - what does the new setting look like? did you post a pic of that one?
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
It's just a boring plain bezel on a 5mm shank, nothing too special. I thought it was very run-of-the-mill for such a fantastic opal.
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2dazed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sexy piece!
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rcmtby11 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
nice ring, opals are my favorite.
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
awsomeness.
i hope they love it.
opals are so cool.
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Nemohee2005 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
:drool: that is a gorgeous stone! And you did such a wonderful job on the casting!
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Kth-dragon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Good grief, what a beautiful stone! And a wonderful ring to put it in, too. *drool*
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Sandandsmoke Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
ahhhhhm, gotta love those file jabs --- needle files straight into your finger. Them are the best. YUK.
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Catsarah Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Student General Artist
Can you put another pick up of it? I appreciate the stone, but I want to see the texture on the ring from the cuttlebone! Did you pour into a two sided cuttlebone mould or did you ingot cast it (open mould)?

Cats
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
It was cast as a flat ingot and formed over a ring mandrel. I fabricated the bezel cup by hand, and as for the rest, boy do I love my Dremel!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Yes, the ring is simple in form and doesn't detract from the amazing opal, but still has that great texture. This is a design I could wear, but if it wasn't, I'd still like it.
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
It turned out to be an oddly unisex ring - the customer is female, but wanted a big, bold ring, and yet my fiancee adores it as much as I do. I love it when that happens :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! I'd swipe this myself given half a chance! You've outdone yourself m'dear!
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thanks! (I wish it was a personal piece, that opal makes me cross-eyed!)
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harlewood Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Well worth all the blood sweat and tears, a stunning ring.......and to have cast in cuttlefish as well is really impressive.
Just hide it from Henry though, or your client might be a little disappointed. ha-ha.
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
It's hard enough resisting the urge to keep the things I like all on my own, let alone keeping his paws off of it too!
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:iconinchworm:
inchworm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Wow, that certainly is one impressive stone, and the simple elegant design of the ring takes nothing away from it :)
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thanks :) I wanted a design that would be bold, but still spotlight the opal - glad to know I was successful!
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
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OMG!!!
Opals are by far my favorite stone! Whan I see one, I suffer in silence! :D
This ring is perfect!!!!
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thanks! I keep trying to get my hands on some good ones, whew....I can't claim this find though. I'd love to know where she got it.
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
I'm so in love with that stone and this ring! :)
If you do get another opal - show us! :D
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yogarasu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great ring
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SoulStoneDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thanks!
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immortaldesigns Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's just beautiful! I love the colours in the opal. You've done an awesome job here.
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