Thursday 15 November 2012

Metal Prong Challenge Reveal!

This is the second of three challenge reveals this week, and they are all completely different from each other! I wrote about the Metal Prong Challenge (again on Artisan Whimsy) a couple of weeks ago. To be honest I wasn't going to enter, but then realised that it would fit in perfectly with what I'm teaching one of my college classes at the moment. One of the pieces of jewellery that they can choose to make for their assessment is a dress ring, a ring with a stone and a prong setting. The syllabus doesn't say that it has to be a traditionally cut faceted stone or that we have to use a traditional prong setting, so I'm encouraging them to think outside the box and explore how they can set more unusual stones. So, my entry to the challenge is also an example for my college class. They've already seen it part-made, but last night I took it in with the stone set - and now I can show it to you!

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. The stone is a beautiful Botswana Agate from Designer Cabochons, the first stone that I ever bought from them over two years ago. I had actually started to make the setting over a year ago, always intending that it would be a prong setting as I didn't want to hide the edges of the stone as they're just as lovely as the top. I wasn't happy with how I originally soldered on the prongs though, and the challenge tutorial was just what I needed to finally complete it! I've finished the necklace with a handcrafted chain and a clasp textured to match the pendant.

To see what other people have made for the challenge, please visit the AW challenge page here!

Oh, and the third challenge reveal? Come back this weekend to see what the Brit Pack Beaders have made for Rebecca Anderson's challenge!

P.S. The necklace will be in my Daisychain Jewellery etsy shop this weekend!


  1. This is lovely Jo, the setting is perfect for this lovely stone. Love the finish on the silver too, all very elegant.

  2. You made it just in time, my friend. This is a beautiful necklace and that stone is gorgeous. Wasn't this a fun challenge? I thoroughly enjoyed it.


  3. Oh Jo, so beautiful! The setting is perfect for this stone, too!

  4. Your piece is very pleasing to the eye. I love the shape. Great job!


  5. I adore this piece! So very pretty and well-thought out. What lucky students you have!

  6. Stunning piece, so quietly elegant. I love what you did with the challenge!

  7. I love the way the setting reflects the pattern of the stone, it all looks really fluid... Gorgeous!

  8. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! I really love this type of stone setting now - I've been looking through my box (ok, boxes!) of stones for more to set this way! I'll take some step by step photos next time to show you the slight changes I made to the challenge method to make it work best for the stone.

  9. What a beautiful design to compliment the beautiful stone! I absolutely love this!


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