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Cracked Cabochon While Setting in Bezel

June 16, 2016 Kathy Bankston

Cracked Amazonite cabachon while setting stone

There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours on a handmade sterling silver bezel than having the cabochon crack will you are setting it.  In retrospect I have no one to blame except myself. 


My Lampwork Sugar Beads Have Been Featured!

December 18, 2015 Kathy Bankston

I was so excited to see my lampwork beads in a publication!  This is my first time. 


Handmade Fused Sterling Silver Necklace

October 02, 2015 Kathy Bankston

The other day I posted about fusing sterling silver.  Today I thought I would show you the finished product. 


Lampwork Vine Necklace

September 28, 2015 Kathy Bankston

This is one of my favorite necklaces, the Lampwork Vine Necklace. I have made it from sterling silver and lampwork beads. 


Fusing Sterling Silver

September 24, 2015 Kathy Bankston

I spent some time today fusing sterling silver rings to make chain.  Fusing is a dance with fire.  You heat the silver waving the flame back and forth, watching and waiting until just the right moment.  You dance the flame back and forth and then, there it is!  It glistens and fuses.  There is an art to fusing.  Done too quickly and you links will fail to flow.  Done too long and you will melt the silver right in two.