Among the jewelry skills that I'm learning from Jenny and our Grandpa is how to solder.
I used Jenny's camera to take these pictures as she showed me the process.
(grab tiny bit of silver solder)
(place solder on joint)
(heat until it flows)
It's amazing how, if you do it well, the little piece of solder sucks right into the joint.
After we soldered all the rings, I filed and hammered them, purposely going a bit wonky because I liked the look of it. Then I created a place to set Kenzie's birthstone, an opal.
Most of the process went undocumented. Eventually I made this.
Each girl will eventually have one of her own.
No, it isn't perfect. And it came very close to being late. But I made it myself, out of love, with hands that once held Kenzie's little girl hands. At 18, she may not fully appreciate that. But I'm sure she will.