I think I have been a bit too optimistic in what I could accomplish over the next few weeks.
I also think I destroyed a big ring after spending several hours on it. We will see. I am still going to throw it in the tumbler and hope really hard that the stone sets nicely and all ends well. Usually when I hope such things I'm in denial.
If it doesn't I guess I will just...take it apart and try again. That makes me so sad. I have such little time to do this to begin with, and while I know I need to make mistakes in order to learn it is terribly frustrating.
I have THREE custom orders I'm finishing up for 3 very patient ladies.
I have FOUR really cool and unique stones heading to my door.
I have FIFTEEN (or so) pieces to finish before this trunk show (way, way too optimistic, as only 5 of these are started!)
But the most exciting thing of all is that I used my big torch for the first time tonight! It is like a magic fairy of fire. [the guy at the welding place commented on how narrow my torch tip was and that it wouldn't produce a very hot flame. Hot enough, sir!] I am also only MINORLY afraid of it. It's a healthy fear.
Tomorrow after a light ride on The Cho I will resume the jewelry catch up. 2 rings, 2.5 pairs of earrings, 2 necklaces to finish...2 pairs of earrings to start and finish before Sunday. I think I can probably handle that...
Oh, and this is now in the shop: