Untidy mind.

 A rush of cash lead me to buy one of them newfangled tablet things,which can only lead to trouble. Anyway it took this picture so it spirit of experimentation here it is. Notice how horribly untidy the room is. How cute my feet are and all the various cap I've made hangs road like a bad smell. Things I've made , the robot marionette, the brocade teddy bear (wearing a copper spiked dog collar I made), hybrid barbie/scorpion (barely visible on to the marionette control), bird topped pegs around a bowl etc.....Oh and I see a hurdygirdy behind the coal scuttle. I didn't make the tuba,that was found in Oxfam for £39, I just couldn't resist it.... oh and a Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Sherlock Holmes film on telly...

More ring piece

First thought was, make the silver shank soft. I'm used to copper, but apparently silver is slightly different, get it red hot and let it cool down,rather than quench it. However I found my torch is more suited to melting roof  pitch than delicate work and it sort of melted the surface so it looked like tree bark!  This tipped even me off that I was rather out of my depth. So I consulted with a local jeweler. This confirmed I was indeed in deep water. So off to Kernowcraft for supplies again.

This is the shank on a nifty soldering block they sold me
The nice girl also sold me two differing silver solders, I had thought my usual brazing rod would do, but heat wise,the silver would melt. Two solders one melts also a lower temperature  so in theory the shank could be fixed then the gallery then the two united. ..good theory ah.
This is the gallery attached to the base of silver,see how big t.he stone is!

The tale of the silver opal ring

Not three miles away lives an old lady, the mother in law. I take her shopping every week and out for an airing on Saturdays. On just such an innocent trip I happened to mention that I intended to visit Kernowcraft ( http://www.kernowcraft.com/) out Peranporth way, she expressed and interest in going along, so wife and old dear in tow, that's where we went, it was there the trouble started. The old dear loves opals, there were opals on the front counter, blithely she announced she wanted an opal, selected one (£98!) . I did wonder just where this was going but....well if you reach 90 years your sort of entitled to indulge yourself. She then announced that I would, and had agreed, to make her a silver opal ring...my eye met the wives and I raised an eyebrow,  I had no knowledge of agreeing to anything, but, hell,  I'm all about the quiet life so I nodded, shuffled about and wondered as she chose the stone, I did intervene to point out I needed a bit of silver for the back, some for the ring and a bit of 'gallery' to go round the edge. Thinking on my feet, I was already there planning.

Back soon

The Internet thought I'd got bored and wandered off, true, but I will be back with lots of pics and general things I have been up to, watch this space.