I am so excited!
I've been dying to start using other shapes of stones, but I wasn't feeling like my brain was up to it until lately (double baby brain!). But I finally gave it a go the other day and this is my second practice stone. The first turned out okay too, but this one is better. I think because I took the time to solder it to a band so I could hold it better. The other one I just tried to hold the setting. Why would I be that stupid? I know that the key to making nice jewelry is holding something securely. So I don't know why I tortured myself with a jiggly loose setting, rather than taking the 2 minutes to create a "handle". LAZY. (Even if it is wonky as all get out....look at the slant the setting has to the band. LOL! But that wasn't the point, I just needed something to clamp.) I have a couple of pear shaped cz and I'm going to get some princess and marquis shaped stones and just practice my little heart out. I think the real test will be to carve the settings myself. I'm getting much more confident lately, so we'll see. But I'm pleased as punch with the setting job I did! Yay!