Distraction and the search for balance.

This week has been long and I have been working a lot, this has led to me not doing much of my craft or enamelling, and what little time I have had to myself I have been not doing what I should be doing

But rather have been exploring form and enjoying just doing something because I want to not being bothered by the outcome and if it does not work out :

beginnings of growth-

This has been created from some yarn that was thankfully gifted to me from Betty-Ann, this has led to my mind bubbling over with ideas and being very distracted:

wool pile

Obsession

Anyone who has known me for more than a little while will know my lust and love for rings.
However, this is starting to get a little out of hand.

ring pile

So as I have been working on a new ring today, I thought it would be a good time to show a few of my favourites that I have made before.

 

These Two are copper tests for soldering, stamping and sizing, these are just quick trials but the copper holds a lot of charm I think.

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copper shapes

 

This is my favourite thumb ring, a plain silver band with two small gears from my old SLR camera that have been cast in silver.

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This small silver ring has a bezel with a garnet set into it, made a few years ago. If i was to remake this piece  now the solder joint would a) not be visible and b) would be under the gemstone setting, the small mark that is visible is a hallmark of 925.

garnet ring

 

 

This is my favourite ring, cast birdskull on a cast band this piece is solid silver and quite heavy to wear. It was created by making a mould of a small finches skull then recreating the skull in wax, adding a band with more wax was easy then the whole piece was cast.

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Maybe tomorrow I will update with the ring I will have completed from today.

Animals and wearability

When I started enamelling not very long ago I discovered two things,
firstly that I’m a lot more of a perfectionist than me, or my friends and family would believe and secondly I love creating representations of animals that are part creature part machine.
From this one clockwork rabbit began.
The first thing I created with this madness in mind was my clockwork owl, being that I love owls and gears it was a perfect match.

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This is a rather large piece of enamelling by my standards measuring 9cmx 6cm
it has never been made to be worn, I am however considering making a back piece for it so it could be worn, this piece took me about 14 hours to make.

Detail of his gear filled belly.

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Detail of his colour mixed eyes, enamel does not mix together to form a even blended colour but rather the two colours stay beside each other like tiny grains of coloured sand.

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My favourite piece so far is of course my clock work rabbit brooch/ necklace this has been made to have a pin on the back but also loops for a chain to go through.

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