I was tired tonight, so I challenged myself to make my ring in 30 minutes. (After spending 45 minutes on a ring that wasn't working out.)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
I used Carrie Nunes' ring #87 to make this piece from cardboard and paper, I cut out the design with my jeweler's saw.
Here's the first picture of Carrie's daffodil ring:
Then she got silly and uploaded this one:
Carrie is a fun lady and talented metalsmith, please visit her etsy charity shop. She is generously and tirelessly selling all of her Ring a Day pieces to support the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. She has already raised close to $900 and there are 276 rings to go. It's a lot of work and I commend her for doing it.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I have been wanting a thumb ring for a while now. This is two pieces of 16 gauge wrapped around each other, with the end of one wire soldered to the end of another, if that makes sense. I wasn't too psyched with the outcome so I made the wires crimpy. Needless to say, I am still wanting a thumb ring.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Today is the 21st anniversary of the devastating Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of animals were killed, the best estimates are: 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 250 bald eagles, up to 22 killer whales, and billions of salmon and herring eggs. And we still haven't learned our lessons about oil.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Maureen Brusa Zappellini does wonderfully creative things with pewter and automotive paint. I lived in Maine for years and this fun lobster claw ring really speaks to me.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I was making a quick ring from scraps and I overheated the piece. The long square silver wire on top is part of the design, the short one is not - I was using it as a support during soldering and fused it to the round copper piece. Tomorrow's another ring and I have moved on to better things.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
This is my submission for the Lark Books 30-Minute Rings publication, the deadline is today. It only took me 30 minutes because I had pre-cut the discs, the band is adjustable so I didn't need to form a complete ring, and frankly I paid less attention the the finishing than I would have liked.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
My mother gave me my first silver claddagh ring when I was a girl. By high school she had replaced it with a gold one, and sometime later, gold with a garnet heart. I'm not sure when I stopped wearing it, perhaps after college. I'm glad to have this one to wear for special occasions such as today.
Check out this amazing, gynormous claddagh made by Rosy Revolver, it is my favorite. EVER.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
My first (premade) tube setting, the ring still needs some cleaning up. There are a few things I'd like to change about this design, but overall I'm happy with where these shadowboxes are going.