Today, my second ring of the year was due.
I've joined the amazing flickr group, Ring a Week.
The goal is to create one ring a week for a year.
There are hundreds of members,
all creating in vary diverse and amazing ways.
I'm really honored to have met and/or discovered a lot of these artists.
I've tried to make this a weekly exercise in doing something a little different
from what I normally do.
So really, for me, it's a ring a week in addition to what I normally make.
Trying to build on my skill set.
I'm really proud of this week's exercise.
This ring is built around a resin casting of an antique drawer pull.
I mixed the resin with finely ground copper glitter,
poured it into a handmade mold,
and allowed it to cure over several days.
Meanwhile, I fashioned a simple but chunky bezel out of sterling and brass.
My new 2011 stamp is on the back.
I set the resin casting in place of a stone,
and polished the silver to a midnight shine without removing the oxidation.
It's weighty and solid and rock n' roll.
I find it, if not pretty, at least immensely satisfying.
It's good to stretch out and try something new.
Okay. I actually think it is kind of pretty.
But I'm sure it's not for everyone.
It's bright and vivid.
Built upon contrasting and antithetical notions of darkness and light.
Like finding some sparkle in a drab sky.
A swirl of stars in the night.
That, my dear friends, felt good.
Mini shop update tomorrow. . .
a second update on Friday.