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Originally started in 2011 to document a Ring-A-Day project, I now plan to use it for updates concerning my work and life! Follow for notifications of new posts!


Friday, September 30, 2011

RING No. 273

Today's ring is called the "Favorite Color Ring" because the blue foam is one of my favorite colors, a form of Robin's Egg Blue. My niece gave me a bunch of foam last time I was down in South Carolina.... I set the little foamy in sterling silver.

Thanks for reading!

Materials: Sterling Silver and Foam
Dimensions: .75 x 1.25 x .5 inches

Thursday, September 29, 2011

RING No. 272

It is easy to take things for granted, especially intangible and invisible things. I have realized that I sometimes do this without even knowing. We often learn something new everyday, whether it be about the world, other people, places, or things. Personally, I learn about myself more everyday(In addition to many things). What makes me tick. What I really want out of life...etc...It is kind of sad that we only know ourselves fully so late in life, but I suppose that is how it goes. 

Today's ring is invisible. Only a price tag exists. (the rings will be for sale at the end of the year) (Price Tag made of found paper, ink, and silk thread) I did this to illustrate that sometimes the most important things in life are priceless and intangible. For example: Friendship, Love, and Time. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the tangible things such as hugs, kisses, high fives, etc......but I think the intangible ones just don't get enough credit. I know I haven't always put as much value as I should into them. I sometimes find myself doubting things if I cannot see and feel them constantly. This is why faith and hope are so very important. I have learned this today. I knew it before now, but sometimes we need to realize how real these truths are. I was going title the ring "The I don't feel like making a Ring today" ring. But I think Invisible/Intangible Ring is much better. I pretty much just did not want to make a ring all. whatsoever. point blank.....Mostly because I am not feeling well and I just have no energy. But also because my mind is all over the place.....there have been days that I didn't feel like making anything, but I pushed through it. This day was by far the worst. 

Today was a pretty stressful, sad, and overwhelming day. After class, I came home and read for a while in bed, took a nap, and then sat in quiet reflection. I had a skype date with my mom scheduled after that, and was it ever the right time. I skyped for quite a while with her and it was so nice to hear a familiar friendly voice from home. I love it when my mom makes me laugh. She knows me better than anyone and I am so glad she is my mom.

PS: on a side random note.....I have recently found much enjoyment and satisfaction in YoYos...I encourage you to get a YoYo and start playing today. It is a nice thing to do when you are walking home from the studio, and as Katie Fisher said, it is a "Good Wholesome Activity"...I think I quoted that was a few days ago.

Thank you for reading, Goodnight

Materials: Time and Love
Dimensions: Infinite


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

RING No. 271

Today's ring is a fish made from aluminum. Sid gave me the aluminum fish. It had letters stamped on it and the fish was whole. I cut a hole in it and created a hammer texture to resemble scales and fins.

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Aluminum

Dimensions: 2 x .75 x .0625 inches

RING No. 270

Today's ring(s) are made from twine. Thank you to Nick Vance for the 5ft of twine used to make them!

I call them Fraternal Twin Twine rings...

Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Twine
Dimensions: 1.75  1.25 x .5 inches and 2 x 1 x .5 inches

Monday, September 26, 2011

RING No. 269

Tonight's ring is a simple game ring....Inspired by a little game my niece showed me a while back while we were skyping. You simply have to get the little ball at the end of the string inside the red cup! What fun!

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Found Plastic pieces and Tea bag string
Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 1.5  inches (with string extended) 1.75 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches (without string extended)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

RING No. 268

Today was a long day at the studio. Preparing for Tuesday's class demonstrations, creating a paper project, and making today's ring....Glad it is finally over!

Tonight's ring is a double setting! First we have a Topaz tube set in the top Upside down. Then we have a bezel set Brass cap previously used for rubber mold making.

Materials: Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Topaz, and Brass
Dimensions: 1.125 x .75 x .625 inches

RING No. 267

Tonight's ring is called the Tightrope ring because it resembles a tightrope.

Thanks for reading!

Materials: Steel and Silver Wire
Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.25 x .0625 inches

Friday, September 23, 2011

RING No. 266

Tonight's ring is a pink Peruvian Opal set in Fine Silver with a Sterling Silver band. The opal looked like a jelly bean to me because of it's slightly mishapen form. I put little eyes on it to give it character. I would have to say the flavor of the jelly bean would be either Bubble Gum, Pink Lemonade, or Cotton Candy.

Thanks for reading!

Materials: Peruvian Opal, Fine Silver, and Sterling Silver, and enamel paint
Dimensions: 1 x .75 x .75 inch

Thursday, September 22, 2011

RING No. 265

Hooray! As of today, I only have 100 more rings to go!.....I just got done skyping with my mom. It was nice to talk with her. I am pretty excited because she is coming to visit me in about 3 weeks!

Today was a pretty good day.....I gave a pin demo today that went pretty well. Lori, Jess, and I finally figured out what the terrible smell was that we previously thought was a dead animal hiding away. It was the trash can! hahaha....yeah we checked there first but evidently it was emanating from a hole at the bottom, so it is probably the can itself instead of whats in the bag. Ewwww!

I am about to go get a yummy burrito from my sweetheart, Dave at TT's.....I am starving!....Then its off to Karaoke! Yippee! Hahaha.

Anyways.....About 5 years ago I bought a box of old tools off ebay. There were all kinds of things! I sold some of them to other students, but most of them have become my favorites and my go to tools for everyday tasks. In that box was a tiny circular level. I set it in Fine silver for today's ring!

I call it the EmBEZELed Level Ring, hahaha get it? Because the level is Bezel set! :)

Materials: Level, Fine Silver, Sterling Silver
Dimensions: 1.25 x 1 x 1 inches

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

RING No. 264

Tonight's ring is made from Fine silver wire. (unlike sterling silver which is 92.5% pure, this is 99% pure) This ring may cause you to recall ring No. 144, and it should, because I am thinking about the same person I was then. I made No. 144 the day my Grandma passed away, vowing to never forget her. I think about her often and still get emotional, but lately I have thought an awful lot about her and had many dreams, some with very sad and dramatic parts. Before the Ring A Day series is done, I plan to make a very special ring dedicated to her.....I haven't done it yet because I want it to be perfect and beautiful and extremely well designed. I just felt like today I needed to create another "promise". I really miss my Nanu!

Thanks for reading, Goodnight Everyone

Materials: Fine Silver Wire
Dimensions: 1 x .75 x .75 inches

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

RING No. 263

My Student's critique for their stone settings was this morning. It went very well. I was pleased with most all of the work that they turned in.

I got to play football with Dave today and it was awesome. I am not very good, but he was patient and taught me how to throw, kick, and catch the ball. We also put together a Ghostbusters puzzle and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Puzzle. What fun I had!

Tonight's ring is a silver ring with pink pearls that dangle.

Thanks for Reading!

Materials: Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, and Pearls
Dimensions: 1.25 x .75 x .5 inches

Monday, September 19, 2011

RING No. 262

So, lately I have been really into some super girly things, such as bows. I just love them! wearing them makes me feel like a kid again. So I finally did it, I made a bow ring! Thanks to Jess T. for the ribbon! I found some gold elastic cord and used that for the ring band.
Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Ribbon, Gold elastic cord, and Thread
Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches

Sunday, September 18, 2011

RING No. 261

I got to watch some of the Browns game with Dave today. They won! I have been meaning to make a Browns ring anyways and so I thought today was the perfect day. Dave had on a #16 Josh Cribbs jersey today. I don't know much about Browns players (I am learning) but I know the most about Cribbs (because Dave told me a few things), thus the reason I put his number on the ring.

I still need to make an Indians ring and my Ohio Team Ring promise to myself will be fulfilled! :)

Thanks for Reading!

Materials: Found Plastic Reflector, Sterling Silver, and Paint
Dimensions: 1.75 x 1 x .875 inches