Sundial Ring and Tribal Wave Medallion
December 24, 2010 § 4 Comments
I’ve really taken the initiative to design my own pieces at class – it’s much more satisfying than copying the pieces shown to me. In a way, getting a ‘brief’, with certain skills to be learnt in each project, with its parameters, gets me to invent in ways that wouldn’t naturally occur to me. So my designs are much more complex than I’d instinctively make, but they work out in surprising ways. Like this ring… the original project had lots of decorative loops surrounding a bezel set stone. Instead, I decided to pare it down, offset the stone and etch in radiating lines. It’s not a piece I would have designed on paper – it grew organically with each step, making decisions and adjusting as I went along the process. It is an unusual piece that I am growing to love more and more!
And with the piece above, I took my inspiration for the shape from tribal amulets, and the surface decoration was stylized waves. It will be worn low, with a long chain necklace. So I’m done with Silversmithing Level 2… what’s next? 🙂