I have a stone that reminds me of a dark night with moonlit clouds. It called out to me last week. Maybe because it's dark out now, the moon is getting more attention.
I started drawing. I usually go through several sketches using different accent stones, different shapes, different susupension, and so on. This time I decided to use straight lines and squares echoing the shape of the stone. I chose a faceted smoky quartz and a citrine to offset the sardonyx stone.
Here are the pieces on the soldering board. The bezel on the left is finished. It fits the stone perfectly. I cut out the back to show a peek of the stone from the other side.
Next is getting the parts soldered together. If we count, there will be 13 solder joins. Each lick of the fire has potential to melt something already soldered. The more solder joins there are, the more complicated the piece is to create. The process looks messy. I love how rustic and raw everything looks before it gets to a final polish.