I jotted down jewelry ideas all week. I packed some colored pencils for the kids...but I ended up using them on some sketches. However, I didn't touch a tool the whole time I was on vacation. I usually take "something" with me. I either take some earring finding tools and some wire or my tool "kit" for making Viking necklaces...or something...but NOT this time. I did manage to run across a store called "Direct Tools" and I ducked in for a look. I found some really nice pliers for delicate work...so I bought two pair:-)
Anyway...when we arrived home we looked at the damage caused by the storm and unpacked a little. I made dinner for the kiddo's and watered the plants. Then I headed upstairs to look over all the stuff I had left on my bench. For some reason I started looking at my gemstones and decided it was time to set one of them in a ring. After all, I never made that cocktail ring for myself and we came back from vacation 3 days early...so I figured I had some time to spare. I set off making a cage setting for my dazzling blue topaz :-)
I am usually a pretty slow butt when it comes to making rings. But believe it or not this one only took me about 6 hours!!! That's a huge record for me. It usually takes 2-3 days!! I made a quick tutorial on this setting...it's the second one on my tutorial page!
I guess the vacation was a good idea!!!