Heart Lily Pad Ring
I dearly loved the Lily Pad Ring that I made previously and have decided to embark on a short series of flower and pearl rings as a result. This ring is the second in that series. The third ring will be going into the kiln later today. This ring and the next ring are the result of a design that did not quite work. The flower I originally made was a bit too large when placed on the heart element. The blossom dominated and obscured the heart too much. That blossom is now placed on a very small disk with a cup shape supporting it and acting as an embed point for the fine silver wire shank.
This ring is totally about the coming of spring time. I love spring and it shows in my art. This ring is from a new texture I got from an etsy shop called Rolling Mill Resources, the texture is heavy paper which is laser etched. The flower base for the bead is slightly domed and the bead is capped with a tiny circle with matching texture. The patina is mostly a reddish color which tends towards both brown and fuchsia in places with halos of light blues and aquas near raised areas. The hand lampworked bead is by Ellen Dooley.
Those of you who have visited my booth at shows know that I often make dogwood flower items. There is a personal connection with my mother. It was her favorite flower. There is a personal connection with my childhood. We used to live in New Jersey when I was quite young and there were several dogwoods in our back yard. They were lovely when they bloomed. When I was in college, the campus had two ancient dogwoods. One of the trees was a pink, the other a white and they were growing up together entwined. My Mother-in-law takes these photos of flowers, she arranges them facing the bed of her scanner, so they are upside down to her, and then she scans them. One of her best photos, in my opinion, is of a group of dogwood flowers. Maybe I like that one best because of all those other connections with dogwoods but it is one of her best sellers at art fairs.
Metal clay lends itself so well to hand sculpted pieces like this. Each petal is cut from damp clay, slightly reshaped and hand attached to the base. The flower is completed by adding an element to simulate the center. You can just make out my fingerprints as waves in some places. It turned out to be a challenge for me as a sort of amateur jewelry photographer to get a nice shot of this due to the brushed finish which scatters light all over. I am happy with this shot although I do believe this is a case in which the real article is more beautiful than the photograph.
This ring is my tenth for the flickr ring a week challenge. You can find the whole group here, and my photostream here.
My 4th ring for the Ring a Week flickr group is entitled Lily Pad. It is a leaf textured fine silver square with a fine silver wire shank and a sweet flower embellishment containing a chocolate pearl. I am quite in love with the ring. I think this means I need to make a series of flower and pearl motif rings! I have the beginnings of ring number 5 on my bench. One of the goals of this ring a week group is to learn new things and challenge ourselves. I have made very few rings so just creating anything was a challenge in January. As I look forward I have some more elaborate ideas and ideas incorporating new techniques. The 5th ring is inspired by my love of egypt and as such it will have a sky blue glass bead attached to it. I have always thought I should learn to rivet and so now is the time to do it!
I just finished this pendant in celebration of spring time. By the way I also saw this fantastic billboard for the Peoria Heights Art Fair on University yesterday. I thought how cool is that. A billboard advertisement for an art fair I am going to be at as an artist!