Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fancy Pants Florentine Bur

Do you see that nice satiny sheen on the gold bezel of this new ring (I'm calling it the Hatshepsut, after a female Pharaoh)? That is created by what I call a fancy pants florentine bur:

This nifty little tool has tiny little teeth that gently abrade the surface of the metal to create a lovely surface texture. I think it's my new favorite. I had been in love with the texture from the gray/white 3m radial bristle brush, but I'm a fickle lover. I've now tossed that off in favor of a newer, shinier partner!

This morning was very nice, sunny and typical California. I decided that I wanted to try something new in my product photo's so I took the ring above out to the backyard for a photo shoot.

I'm not the world's best photographer, so I'm still unsure about these. I used them in the Etsy listing anyway, but I'm not sure if they are too distracting or not. I'm used to taking the pictures in my normal spot, on my walnut desk, and I feel like I've got that down pretty well. But outdoors presents some lighting problems. But it was worth a shot.


Grammatically Delicious Designs said...

Love the ring. And love the brushed pattern. I just wish I could make a simple silver band that didn't look like it got ran over by a car!! Great job.


Beth Ann said...

What a beautiful ring. The sunstone is glowingly gorgeous and the setting so subtle. Keep up the good work, Justine. Now go tell Gunter how lucky he is to be your boy! LOL

AF said...

I LOVEEEEEE your style ....amazingly gorgeous...

do you only work with silver..would you be open to working with platinum or white gold? I have a costume ring that we found and want to make into an engagement ring...and it's the same style as the rings you make..bubble ring do you feel sterling wears in comparison to platinum or white gold?


Catherine Chandler said...

That is a gorgeous ring, and I love the texture! Do you have any tips on where to find that kind of burr?

Bean Collins said...

Hi Catherine,

You can find that type of bur at Otto Frei. They have a website. It is called a florentine bur. No fancy pants in the title. :-)