Thursday, November 15, 2012

Prong Setting Challenge The Reveal

Today is the reveal for the Prong Setting Challenge hosted by Artisan Whimsy's Metal Team.  At the  heart of this challenge is a wonderful tutorial by Staci Smith on how to make a prong setting for a cabochon.  (here is the link for her tutorial)  This is actually my first attempt at such a project and I found Staci's directions very doable, even when I didn't have all the items needed.  The thrill for me in all this was that I was able to solder these prongs in place.  I had never done something like that before.

After I made the piece I chose not to put it in pickle because I just love the reds and blacks that the torch left on the copper.  They went so well with my ceramic pendant.  I used a pendant because I didn't have a cab readily available.  And actually the pendant I used was one I thought hadn't turned out well.   But here on the copper with those prongs, it got a whole new life.  I used screw rivets to attach it to a burgundy leather cuff bracelet blank that I had on hand.  Luckily for me these two burgundies go perfectly together.  The background is a piece of wood from our 1850's barn.  
Thanks so much Metal Team and Staci for this inspiring and wonderful learning experience.
I hope you will check out the other participants in this blog hop.   The list follows:

view showing the leather cuff 

Blog Hop Participants

The Beading Yogini,
Carolyn Dewison, Blue Berri Beads,
Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments,
Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements,
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy,
Laura Medeiros.
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things,
Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry,
Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs,
Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals,
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame,
Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery,
Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs,
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs,


  1. Great job on the cuff - and you should pat yourself on the back for soldering! :)

  2. Love the cuff. Good call not pickling!

  3. I love the way the colours compliment your pendant! It looks as though they were meant to be :)

  4. Gorgeous!!! I love the colors and I'm glad you chose to forego the pickling.

  5. I really like that you made a cuff bracelet, and how you so creativly used the hole on your pendant!!!! (I also enjoy the look of beat up heated copper!!) Wonderful job for your first time soldering.....a whole new world just opened up for you.

  6. Your pendant must have been waiting for this bracelet to come along .The lines on it repeat the lines of the prongs wonderfully.
    A match made in design heaven. m.e. :)

  7. I love that you made this into a bracelet. It really works!

  8. This is a beautiful bracelet. You are so right about how the texture and color of the metal perfectly marries to the textures and colors in the pendant. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and some beautiful gorgeous work came out of it. Great job!


  9. That is beautiful Miss Mary! I will have to check out the tutorial. I think all the cool things I am seeing is making me want to work in metal again! Enjoy the day. Erin

  10. Well done with the prong setting and if this is your first go at soldering you have done a great job. I love the colours and it works perfectly as a cuff bracelet

  11. Really nice. How clever to put it on a bracelet. I love the colors.

  12. I had thought about setting a prong through a hole of the bead too. I love the look of it. I also like the look of the lines in the focal and how it really works with the longer prongs. The color is great. You did a great job.

  13. That is a stunning, rustic combo, but paired with the leather cuff?? Phenomenal!!! That turned out awesome, I hope it's getting some love and being worn :) ....and don't tell anyone you think the focal didn't turn out well, it was meant for this!

  14. The focal goes so well with the leather, it looks awesome! I liked the way you set the prong through the hole! Very creative and beautiful piece!

  15. A lovely focal for the cuff - love everything about it, especially how well you mixed so many media. That's an awesome idea with the prong through the hole!
    The pendant is not that it didn't turn out well - it was waiting for the perfect piece to be attached to: and this is the one!

  16. Very clever idea with the pendant, you've given me new ideas! It was my first time, too, and I agree the tutorial was very easy to follow!

  17. Awesome combination -- it turned out beautifully!

  18. Fantastic!
    Those colors are so beautiful!


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