Instead, on the second day of the conference I discovered Lisa Barth's beautiful stone pendants. Each one different and each one equally well executed. And the really nice thing is..... she's written a book about her design process and bezel setting techniques. So..... of course I had to buy it.
I haven't had much time to get too deeply into it yet, but what I have seen I really like. Some questions are popping up as I read it, (may have to email her a couple of times) but I do think it is exactly what I need. The triangular burgundy stone in the lower right hand corner was the stone in the piece that didn't turn out. I did use the stone to help design the setting but just screwed up on the bezel.
Not only did I buy Lisa's book at the conference, but I also saw Jeanette Landenwitch's book at the Rio Grande display. (So of course I bought it too..... when will I quit?) It is a completely different approach from the other book and I already see some good tips in it too.
I will probably approach the first couple of tries just like I did when starting to work with metal clay. I'll pretty much take the project approach and once I feel comfortable I'll be off and running. Stay tuned for future posts on how it's going.
It will be a several days before my next post as I'm camping with the grandchildren. (I've got lots of ideas for posts. The conference was inspiring that way too.)