I finished my first project for my jewellery class last week - a textured silver band ring. I've made a few copper and silver rings using wire at home but not from textured silver sheet so it was fun to learn.
The photo shows the ring before soldering - I wasn't convinced the join was tight enough but the teacher was happy with it and it soldered fine. I used some plastic netting with the rolling mill to create the texture. I love the rolling mill! I've ordered some skeleton leaves from ebay to use with it in the future as I love the vein texture you get from them.
After some filing and finishing with wet and dry the ring was ready for polishing. It came out lovely and shiny but then I decided I wanted to oxidize it so the teacher showed everyone how to do that with LOS. She told me to leave it for 24 hours before cleaning it up after oxidizing which puzzled me a bit as I normally clean up my oxidized jewellery straight away. I cleaned it up when I got home that night! A spell in the tumbler and it came out shiny with the textured areas darker from the LOS.
It's a bit scratched up now as I've been wearing it - and yes it did fit the finger I made it for!
This week we're planning a new project - amulets/charms. I've already got a good idea of what I want to make (kind of). We're also going to be shown reticulation, fusing and applying gold foil. I'm a happy bunny :D