Part 2 of 4

Here I have already formed the dome to the cylinders, and cut the cylinders so that I could create a flat base for the sides of the dome. Only the center bezel and the heavy border wire are fused to the dome so far.

Continuing on, I made platinum settings for both the pearl and the diamond settings, and a gold tube to make seats for the pearls.

Lots of mini tube slices! Shown here are the halved seed pearls with their platinum bezels, and the thick walled platinum tube slices, rounded on one side, that will become the diamond settings.

Once all the bezels were sliced, seated and finished, I arranged them in place on the dome, and attached them. Then I placed the dome over the double cylinder structure……

That was when the unexpected started to happen……..

Because I had no real plan, I had to make it up as I went along! First, I removed some of the metal around the dome border, but let the metal continue down where the two rings met. This created an eye-like form, with the points bending down into the crevices between the rings! Unplanned cool forms often show up when I work this way.

Next I started working on the forms of the double ring. By cutting the two ring cylinders at the sides, I could bend the metal out flat under the sides of the big dot, leaving open gaps at the outside of both cylinders.

With the bezels all attached, the next step was to remove extra material from the ring blank cylinders to define the lines around the big dot, and then refine taper to the backside of the double ring. I have added a curved end piece to the points which make a nice line to the back. I am also forming and fitting two secondary border wires to accentuate the big dot, and strengthen the flattened underside. Note that the open end of the ring shank is left wide – because I don’t know what I’m going to do there yet!

Then, as I removed metal from the points at the top down toward the back side of the two rings, some very nice lines started to appear, which I was totally not expecting!

It’s at times like this I get really excited, because the beauty seems to come of its own will, and I get to witness its unfolding.

This shot of the backside shows the lines unfolding as material is removed. Two more bezels have been made, for moonstones that will attach, somehow, at the ends.

Ready to see what happens next in Kent’s journey of creating ‘Moonstone Mandala? YES! Take me there!

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