Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ring a Week 6/52

Though a week behind due to illness, I'm carrying on with the Ring a Week challenge. Yesterday, I decided to try a new ring idea. I brainstormed something simple and quick, but still metal clay.


Since I've been working on some sculptural pieces, I decided to take that approach to the ring, rather than the texture plate work I've done on all the challenge rings to date. I started by wrapping snakes around a dowel and then tried to add leaves and a bird. After major frustrations with that format, it finally hit me that I could work flat and form the ring afterwards.


True, fine silver is not very strong, so it isn't the best choice for this ring, but I view it as a quick check of viability of the technique: estimation of length, mental design of the two ends to overlap, etc. Now I need to pull out the PMC Pro, which is so much stronger, and try with that. Forming will become the more difficult step then, with hammering and annealing required, but I'm thinking this still might be a fast and easy ring.

7 comments:

  1. I love all your little birdies. Paper, metal, what ever medium you make them in. They are really wonderful!

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  2. Well, you managed to cover all of my questions in advance didn't you! Psychic.

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  3. Vickie, You are a constant inspiration for me! Your talent is amazing, as are all of your creations. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. If you use an armature of fine silver wire for the band, and simply cover it with silver clay, you will have the same look, but plenty of density. It's how I make my branches and such.

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  5. You made me look! Ha! Love it!

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