Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ring a Week 3/52

As I showed earlier in the week, I embedded an enamel-painted glass tile into this fine silver metal clay ring. This was the first time that I used a fine silver ring form from Metal Clay Findings, but it won't be the last. It's a very straightforward, easy way to get a perfectly sized ring. I just wrapped a textured length of clay around the form, mounted it onto the box that holds the glass, then fired. The top window was fired separately, then attached with oil paste and extra decorative syringe clay to the box once the glass was set in, then popped back into the kiln for a second firing.

You might have noticed that this glass tile is not the one I showed before. That one needed a bit of grinding to fit after shrinkage, whereas this one dropped right in. Laziness wins at my house. The nestlings will undoubtedly get their day eventually.

This ring is in the style of my Garden Window pendants

and Birdwatching bracelet.