I had made these marquis shapes last week when I was working on the Floating Ellipse ring. I used some bimetal (18k gold on one side and sterling on the other) but it turned out to be too fragile for what I was trying to do. I had to use them for something so they became today's ring.
The challenge this week was to make something with burlap. I ended up having to buy a huge roll of it and this was all I used!
This was a really interesting challenge, as I think all of the jewelers were pretty stumped when it came to working with fabric, I know I certainly was. I really loved Mila's dress, so I decided to use that as inspiration.
Last weekend I spent a good deal of time with my Tone Vigeland book looking for inspiration. In some weird way it led me to my Project Runway piece. I am still new to the art jewelry world and always learning about new designers. When I learned about her a few years ago she became a real icon for me. I'd have to say she and Betty Cooke are my all time faves. So here's to you Miss Tone!
I was a little desperate today. I had started working on this a while ago and it was just sitting on the bench. Just a bunch of scrap. The shank was an old ring reject, the egg shape is from a hydraulic press project that was never really finished and the balls are all links of chain from when i cut it. i had been saving them to use for something. Unfortunately some of the balls fell off and there was not time to fix it. Had to get it up!
Photo is complete with scotchbrite fuzz. I should reshoot it, but I am lazy ;)
I'm really happy with this one! It is basically just a continuation of my exploration of elliptical forms. And very hard to photograph.
I was working on it the day before and didn't want to rush it so I let it be. Its very top heavy and I may need to change the way the shank connects, but I liked how it looked this way. So maybe its just a finger sculpture ;)
I was working on a ring that I didn't have time to finish, so I just whipped this one up quickly. The gold circle was for something else that didn't work. It was a bit wonky so I gave it a hammered finish for contrast and to hide the wonk. Still needs a polish but its kinda cute.
Every season the EtsyMetal team hosts a parallel challenge to Project Runway.The challenge was to do something that represented our own style while incorporating the number or concept of five somehow. Read the details on the EtsyMetal blog.
These cage structures are an element I am introducing in my work so i wanted to explore them more here. Each cage has five "arms", for in silver, one in 18k gold. I had originally intended to do the entire necklace of them but I ran out of the 16 gauge wire and I also ran out of gas. Literally. And I just happened to have made five of them! So I ended up creating this asymmetrical look and I am really happy with how it turned out.
OK I'm just cracking myself up over here today. No studio time, working on the computer all day for the day job. So I just poked through some desk drawers. For some reason I just think this is hilarious!
So after, what, 18 days of making a ring a day it hit me.. it is working! I started this because I wanted discipline and inspiration. I wanted the process of creation to become part of my daily life. I wanted it to be easier and more natural. Well, it hit me yesterday that I am no longer struggling with my daily ring ideas. Suddenly, I have a surplus of them. I seem to know what I am going to do each day. I don't necessarily know what the ring is going to look like, but I have an idea of what material I am going to experiment with or what concept I want to explore.
From all the wonderful feedback I have gotten from participants and observers I have a feeling the same thing is happening to everyone. Thanks so much to all of you who are participating. It has made it SO much easier for me to do this, and so much more FUN!
Here is a collection of my rings over the last 18 days.
I'm very sad to say that my studio mate Martha is going to be leaving us soon. For better things, but we will miss her. She was cleaning out her space the other day and I got some nice veneer from her. I cut a really thing long strip, soaked it in water for a while and attempted to form it into a nice ring. Not exactly the vision I had for it, but it's a ring!
I can't believe how the Ring a Day project has taken off! So many people have thanked me for getting them involved in this and so many other people have commented on how much they are enjoying seeing all the submissions. The rings range from the highly conceptual to perfectly executed fine jewelry. All of those seem incredibly inspired and I just hope we can keep it going for the rest of the year.
In the midst of all this creative energy and fun, our world has experienced one of it's greatest tragedies due to the earthqauke in Haiti. I am very proud to say that many of our members are going to be donating rings that will be available for auction to raise money to help Haiti out in this incredible time of need. We have Thomasin Durgin and this ring she made as an homage to the people of Haiti. She has gathered about 20 rings thus far and will be auctioning them off in the near future. Stay tuned to her blog (and this one) for the auction information and the name of the charity the money will be donated to. It will definitely be donated to a charity that gives the money directly to Haiti.
Thomasin Durgin, 1/13/10 "Ring for Haiti"
There are so many incredible rings it is hard for me to choose, but here are a few of my favorites from the last week.
This ring could probably use a better name, but for now I just needed to get it up. I had this garnet sitting around for a while now. I had made the bezel but could't decide what to do with it. So finally, a ring! Sorry, didnt have time to polish it so it is just brass brushed. I will probably polish it up later today.
Jewelry Designer. Graphic Designer. Appreciator of modern design.
For the year 2010, I have given myself the challenge to create a ring every day. They can be made out of anything. The only restriction is that I must make one ring every day for 365 days. I will be posting all of my rings here.
Several other artists have joined me in this challenge. You can see their work here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/rad2010/