Today was a welcome diversion to staring at screens. The Chatbooks Product Team took a trip to Sundance Resort as part of an offsite activity. It’s so nice to work with amazing people. It was a real treat to hang out, have fun, be creative outside of the daily routine.
Between jewelry and pottery, I chose the former. My wife loves tourquoise, and I’m a sucker for learning new things involving metal, hammers and fire.
We all decided to make rings. It was surprisingly straightforward. The general steps were:
- Pick your stone
- Measure and cut the side support material
- Measure and cut the base plate
- Weld the sides to the base plate
- Cut and file the rough edges off
- Measure and cut the ring portion
- Stamp any initials
- Weld the ring portion to the back of the base plate
- Place in the acid bath
- Place the stone in the ring cup created by the side material and base plate
- Shape the sides to enclose the stone (using a small hammer or the side of the table)