Friday, January 8, 2010

RAD 8/365

Cats love to pull threads from our carpet. Tonight I found an orange one on the floor and thought that it would look great with gold, so I wrapped it with gold-filled wire.

Carpet Fibre and 14kt Gold-Filled wire

Thursday, January 7, 2010

RAD 7/365 & Alice!

I curled some holigahic-like green ribbon with a pair of scissors. Simple but effective. Tonight was a challenge as I had boot camp again and we welcomed Alice into our home.

Paper Ribbon

Strummer meets Alice

Alice is currently hiding under the sofa, but I expect her to warm up to us all soon enough.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

RAD 6/365

My work is usually very clean and modern, so I'm surprised by the pieces I've created for this project.

Fern, 14k Gold-Filled wire, White Topaz briolette, Peridot briolette

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

RAD 5/365

Tuesday evenings I go to Warrior Fitness Boot Camp where two marines encourage/guilt me into moving until I can move no more. I wanted to do a simple paper ring tonight but I saw the green netting on the organic garlic and was inspired to make this piece. It’s not as neat as I’d like, but I can barely move my arms.

Sterling silver wire wrapped ring, green plastic netting.

Monday, January 4, 2010

RAD 4/365 – Back to Work

In honour of the first work day of 2010.

Magnetic strip from MTA Subway pass, 14kt Gold-filled wire

Sunday, January 3, 2010

RAD 3/365

This was a lot of work for a very, very short time with the ring.

For today's ring I made a mold of a ring I'd made from 14kt gold. I filled the mold with water and froze it. Freezing destroyed the mold, so I only got one chance to take the photo before both the ring and the mold were lost.

I tried to get a shot of the ring on my finger, but it melted too quickly. Overall I'm pleased with this and I think I will try it again, but next time I'm going to make the ring out of ice rather than a simple ice version of an existing design.

Ring A Day 2010

My friend and fellow metalsmith Nina suggested the Ring a Day challenge to EtsyMetal, a group of metalsmiths who sell on Etsy.

Initially I wasn't going to do it as I have a fairly demanding day job and working out of a tiny home studio means I am very limited in what I can do.

Looking at the first set of rings, and seeing Kathryn Riechert's interpretation of the challenge expanded my vision of what a ring could be and made me realize that imagination is the most important tool, so I joined in.

Kathryn's "Ruby" Ring

Here is my first ring

Stem from a bunch of grapes, 14k gold-filled wire, faceted White Topaz briolette.