So yeah. I finally did the sweat soldering and granulation ring. It was hard!! The first round of soldering only 4 of the granulation balls actually made it. The rest of them were just falsely stuck on by the flux!
After several trial and errors though this is my final product. I think it looks pretty cool and really evokes a feeling of another time and place. The blue color of the lapis is all natural!
What do you all think? I need to keep practicing! Oh, and I got my first ring order. Size 5, the tourmaline ring. It turned out really nicely. My best one yet!!