Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hmmmm, Ring A Week-Really?! Rings That Come Apart

Hmmm, a ring a week, maybe we have been jaded by Ring A Day, maybe we are secretly thinking 'I want to make a ring, but really I want to be making something else! The following are some very clever ways of thinking outside of the ring:

Thomasin Durgin (BKA Metalriot) a faithful RADer, who created the Ring A Week group is "counting on RAW to keep me sane and striving for well-conceived and carefully executed work." Her latest work is a ring (RAW#3) but also stands on it's own as a small sculpture, but even better the center piece comes out and also functions as a scatter pin.
Ring a Week 3/52

Ring a Week 3/52

Sylvie Jousset has made an interactive ring (RAW #4) out of silver and rubber with little nails or pins for the wearer or a friend to place in a design on the ring. It could double as a wire jig too!! The first thing that it reminded me of when I saw it was one of those pin squares where you press your hand or face and it makes an impression of it in pins.

And then talk about clever!! For her RAW Ring #4 Michelle Sallemi made this 'Minimalist Puzzle Box' ring. And the puzzle pieces don't just look cool in the box, they actually fit together!!
Minimalist Puzzle Box RAW52/04

Puzzle- 36 Piece

Just when you thought you knew what a ring was!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ring A Week

It's a new year, it's a whole new challenge. Fortunately, it's a only a Ring A Week, instead of a Ring A Day!! What a luxury.

Week 1 is 'The Little General.' A rectangular piece of copper drilled with different size holes, folded in 2 directions, opened up and soldered, then given a heat patina. Looks a bit like armor. See if you can guess which one it is!

Week 2 is 'Betelgeuse.' I started out with a series of copper bands with various holes drilled into them and inserted a tube setting in to one. Then I enameled it black, like the night sky, and set a faceted garnet into the tube, representing Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion.

Week 3 is 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers.' Fold formed and forged copper with some domes repoussed out to make room for pods from space that plan to take over the world. I think that maybe I watched too many horror movies as a child.