Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Anticlastic Form :: Ring A Week No. 17

As I strive to catch up with the Ring A Week challenge, I've made this simple wrap ring using my new sinusoidal stake to create the ring's anticlastic form. I then gave the ring a rustic, hammered texture, which I regret. I think it looked much nicer with a smoother finish and I wish I had at least taken photos before texturing its surface. I look forward to trying again....

Friday, April 22, 2011

Stacking Trio :: Ring A Week No. 16

I had a wonderful time last weekend exhibiting at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, followed by a mini-vacation in Michigan earlier this week. These events have put me a bit behind with the Ring A Week challenge, but I am now finding time to catch up. For my sixteenth challenge piece I've created a trio of stacking rings. Two are sterling silver and the third is copper. I like the simple, modern lines of these rings and the soft contrast provided by the brushed copper ring sandwiched between the two silver rings.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Curl Ring: Ring A Week No. 15

I've been busy this week, preparing for the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, and did not have much time to devote to my latest Ring A Week design. This was a simple, quickly-created piece but I like its lines and can imagine revisiting and revising this design using a thicker gauge of silver. Now I'll get back to my show prep!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Vine Ring :: Ring A Week No. 14

This week, I made a ring featuring my vine motif. The vine design was etched into sterling silver and I then carefully cut around portions of the delicate vine above and below band lines. As with many of my pieces, I've oxidized this ring to provide contrast and highlight the design. I made the first ring featuring this motif last fall, which you can see below. I chose to cut the first ring quite differently, leaving wide, angled margins around the etched vine, which achieves a very different effect. I was pleasantly surprised by how delicate the new ring looks.