The design printed is on a sticky label. I use the scalpel to cut through the paper and scribe the lines onto the metal.
The scalpel leaves a clear line I can follow when sawing. I use a standard jeweller's saw with 4-6/0 blades
Holes drilled ready for sawing.
Most of the cutting done. I leave the shapes around the edge until after doming the piece to help reduce distortion
The domed form before filing. I use needle files, some of which I've modified to allow me to get into the smallest shapes, and escapement files which are very small needle files.
The inside and the outside of the two halves. Doing the cleanup and final shaping before soldering together. The two pieces have to match perfectly along their edges.
I've soldered bezels on each side. Previewing the stones in place
I've already melted the solder onto the edge of one piece, now they are wired together ready to be reheated. The solder will reflow and join the two halves together. They are sitting on a modified pair of third hand tweezers so I can get the flame under and all around the piece.
The two halves soldered together. There's still some surface finishing to be done, colouring the inside, and soldering a bail in place before the stones are set.
The finished piece. I decided to use a more subdued orange stone, a Hessonite Garnet, rather than the first one in the preview shot which I thought looked a bit garish. The other side has a cool green Peridot.