Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
For the past few months I've felt really frantic and unable to give all of my projects the attention they deserve. I feel as though most of the work I've done has been mediocre, acceptable, passable at best. I must start doing things with excellence and this ring is a reminder to open my eyes and LOOK.
Everything in my shop is 20% October 29 - November 5!!! Just type "EtsyMetal Birthday" in the message to seller during checkout (you will receive a paypal refund). We are celebrating the EtsyMetal Street Team's 4th anniversary, many of my teammates are also having sales, check www.etsymetal.blogspot.com for details.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Well here we are at ring #300, I can hardly believe it. I'm really pleased with the way this came out except for one really important thing - it should say 'dreihundert' which is German for 'three hundred'. Instead it says 'dirhundert' which is German for 'you a hundred'. Damn.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The famous decree of Justinian, promulgated in 539 (Novella 78 of the Digest), conferring upon freedmen the right of wearing gold rings, runs as follows :
If a master, on freeing- his slave, has declared him to be a Roman citizen (and he is not allowed to do otherwise), let it be known that, according to the present law, he who shall have received his liberty shall have the right to gold rings and to regeneration, and shall not need to solicit the right of the prince, or to take any other steps to secure it. It will be his as a consequence of his liberation, in virtue of the present law, whichgoes into effect from this day.
-text from Rings For the Finger, published in 1917.
The gold and silver chaplet rings, with a cross and ten beads or bosses in relief upon the hoop, were frequently used by the Knights of Malta, in the eighteenth century; indeed this type of ring is said to have been invented by them. Their use as substitutes for the less convenient chaplet was spreading, until in 1836 the matter was referred by Pope Gregory XVI to the tribunal of penitentiaries. Its decision, transmitted by the Cardinal Penitentiary Castracane, as to the question "whether the gold or silver rings, surrounded by ten bosses, which are used by some pious persons for the recitation of the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin, can be blessed with the appropriate indulgences," was in the negative.
-text from Rings For the Finger, published in 1917.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
A vegetarian version of Tom Kha Gai - Thai coconut soup. I have made this twice, it's delicious and even better the next day. This time I doubled the recipe and I like it over rice noodles. I used one can of regular coconut milk and one can of lite, so it only has half a million calories.
A friend reminded me that kaffir lime leaves are traditional, so substitute those for the lime juice if you can find them. Oh - and I found out the hard way that if you get jalapeno juice in your eye a milk poultice works.
* olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 red onion, sliced
* 1 red pepper, sliced
* 1 cup mushrooms (any type), sliced
* 2 small red chili peppers, minced, or 1 jalapeno pepper
* 5-6 thick slices galangal or ginger
* 6 inch piece of lemongrass, minced and ground in mortar and pestle
* 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
* 1 12 ounce can coconut milk
* juice from 1/2 lime
* 1 16 ounce package tofu, chopped into 1-inch cubes
* 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
In a large soup or stockpot, saute the first seven ingredients in oil for a few minutes until lightly cooked. Reduce heat to low and add the vegetable broth, coconut and remaining ingredients, except for cilantro. Allow to simmer over low heat for at least 15 minutes. Stir in fresh cilantro just before serving.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Today the Handmade Division is answering the question, "Tell us about yourself - how did you get to where you are now with your skills?"
I've been working with metal for about three years. I took a six-week Intro to Jewelry Making Course at the Memphis College of Art and then bought a bunch of books, later I took a short enameling class. I will be attending a pewter workshop soon and I can't wait. I look forward to a lifetime of classes and workshops, I'd like to attend Penland, Haystack, and Revere Academy someday.
Much of what I know I have learned by trial and error, but I've also had lots of help from metalsmithing friends I have met online. In particular Scott Schreiber, Tamra Gentry, Andes Cruz, David of Revonav, Dauvit Alexander, Carrie Nunes, Laurie Brown, and Bill of Purified Art have all helped me immensely with questions about technique, equipment, selling online, and suppliers. I am grateful to them all and am probably forgetting some people.
I think that the Ring a Day project has helped me to increase my skill set at a more rapid pace than I would have experienced without the daily challenge. Making something without the pressure of marketability is really liberating and has allowed me to experiment and stretch my abilities. Hurray for RAD!
Please visit these team members to read about their inspirations:
Lisa Hopkins Design
Jewelry by Natsuko
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The dogs were busy while I was out today, they decided to surprise me and make my ring. It's chocolate cake with cream cheese icing, I think they did a great job considering their lack of opposable thumbs.