Last weekend as part of our cultural excursions we caught the bus to Siena, which was a short 1.5 hour bus ride away.
Siena's historical centre has been Unesco Heritage listed as a 'living embodiment of a medieval city'.
Easily explored in a day we wandered around admiring the architecture. One of the highlights was a look through Siena's duomo which was built from 1215 and finished about two centuries later. The interior is absolutely stunning from the inlaid marble floor, black and white stripe marble pillars, through to the vividly coloured frescoes painted by Bernardino Pinturicchio in the Liberia Piccolomini, which also housed a great collection of medieval manuscripts. The Siena Duomo, also known as Opera della Metropolitana di Siena, is easily one of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited.
|Amazing detail in the marble floor|
|Black and white marble pillars|
|Vividly coloured frescoes in the Libreria|
|Amazing details in the ceiling|
I love the way the ring was shaped using a bowl of lead, and a steel ball. This creates a slight curve on the surface whilst also helping to create the circular ring shape. It is a technique I have not encountered before.
|Shaping my final ring|
I also learnt how to make 24k gold into 18k gold by melting it with silver and coper. I also learnt the ratios for mixing rose gold too. My teacher is quite the alchemist.
The recipe to make 18k gold is:
75% pure gold
The recipe to make rose gold is:
75% pure gold
pretty neat huh!
|soldering the gold bezel to the ring|
After a lot of filing and clean up, I then practiced some incisione on the sides of the ring band, using sealing wax to hold it in place.
I chose to set an amethyst stone because purple is the colour of Florence.
And here is the finished ring, a nice object that embodies my memories and experiences of my four weeks in Florence.
|The final ring|
I also finished the earnings I started in the first week too.