Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
It kind of reminds me of a ravioli...hhmmm...I think I just found it's name :)
Monday, February 21, 2011
Some of the artists participating in the "RAW (ring a week) challenge" (including me) have decided to do a blog carnival. A blog carnival is where a group of people pick a subject, blog about it then post it with links to all the other blogs that are participating.
The subject of this blog carnival is "What was your inspiration for participating in RAW?"
My inspiration for participating in the RAW challenge was actually the "RAD" (ring a day) challenge. The challenge was to make a ring a day every day for the year 2010 ending up with 365 rings by Dec 31. I came across this challenge by accident while surfing the web. I thought this was the greatest idea and would have loved to participate but I didn't find out about the challenge until day 115 so I would have been quite a bit behind. I would check in on the challenge every so often to see what was new. There were some really great rings that have been made. On Jan 5, 2011 I checked in on RAD to see all the completed work for the year and that's when I saw the post about a new challenge for 2011. There was still a couple days left in the first week of January so I decided to jump in! I am such a ring person. I love making and wearing them, and the bigger the better if you ask me! I also have been in a creative funk lately so I thought this would be a great way to challenge myself and get the creative juices flowing. I figured I could use techniques that I don't get to use very often and maybe teach myself a thing or two along the way.
So far I LOVE it! I am 7 rings in and have used 3 of the many techniques I plan to incorporate into my RAW rings. I want to give my RAW rings lots of dimension and texture so I have made hollow forms, I hand carved carved ebony and I have incorporated hinges into my pieces. I have even made my more simpler rings more interesting than I have in the past by adding curves and texture to them and I am very pleased with the look of them. I would like to try to combine some of the harder techniques I haven't used yet and possibly use them in 1 ring. It will either turn out awesome or end up in the scrap box but I won't know unless I try! So keep an eye out for my future RAW rings!
To read more about other artists inspiration for participating check out the blogs below!
Marcie Abney - http://www.labellajoya.blogspot.com/
Joanne Harrill - http://www.jojobell.com/
Thomasin Durgin - http://www.metalriot.blogspot.com/
Amy Nicole - http://www.rubymtnbeads.blogspot.com/
Janice - http://www.doxallodesigns.blogspot.com/
Aleksandra Micic - http://www.micicart.blogspot.com/
Lana Chu - http://www.ginkgoglass.wordpress.com/
Evelyn Markasky - http://www.markasky.blogspot.com/
Kerry Alice-Twigs and Heather - http://www.twigsandheather.blogspot.com/
Lorena Angulo- www.blog.lorenaangulo.com/
Kate Jones-- http://www.katejonesdesign.blogspot.com/
Maria Apostolou- www.createjewelry.gr/blog
Sarah Small - http://www.bysalla.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Bogan - www.Adobesol.com/blog
Elaine Luther - www.CreativeTextureTools.com/news
Rebekah Timlin Meddles - http://www.lunasadesigns.blogspot.com/
Laura M (Zoeowyn)- www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com/
Kimberly (bahamadawn) - http://www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com/
Erin Austin - http://www.metalmusing.blogspot.com/
Catherine Witherell - http://www.happydayart.typepad.com/
Joan Furilla - www.jfurilla.wordpress.com/
Kathryn Cole- http://www.kathryncolejewelry.blogspot.com/
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Here is another piece that one of my students finished this session. It's a sterling silver and Mohave Turquoise cuff bracelet. Way to go Rachel!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
So anyway, next time you are on Etsy type in "EtsyMetal" into the handmade search and check out some of the great work by other talented artists who do some amazing things with metal!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Well, I finally did it! I finally made a ring that opens. I have always wanted to make a container type ring but never really had the time or should I say I never really gave myself the time to do so. By committing to participate in RAW the year I have had to force myself to set aside time each week to work on my projects. So here we are 6 weeks into RAW and I finally had a plan as to how I was going to make the ring. The shape actually came to me while watching the "Super Bowl" on Sunday night. That being said, I'm sure you can guess what the shape is before even looking at the photos below! The ring is made from sterling silver and set with an iolite stone. It has been roll printed, hydraulic pressed, soldered and oxidized before the stone was bezel set.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A few of my students finished some new projects this week and they turned out really great! Can you believe they have only been taking classes for a few months?
Roxanne's sterling silver and citrine ring