Saturday, February 2, 2008
Today I decided that I would try making rings.
I'd never made rings before but I really wanted to try. I bought a ring madrel a couple weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to using it.
I thought I would start with copper for my first attempt (since silver is almost $18 an ounce these days). I love the look of copper combined with silver, so I used a silver bead as the focal. I don't think it turned out too badly:
I oxidized the metal and then polished it with fine steel wool, which gave the ring an antique look. It also gave the silver bead a satiny finish, which I think looks good.
My 17 yr old woman-child came into my work room and saw my first ring. She really liked it. Unbelievable! (Really, she rarely likes anything I make. So I was pretty amazed.) Since she was civil enough to talk to me (another remarkable circumstance) I gave her my first attempt at ring-making.
Next I wanted to make a variation on the first ring, so I thought I would add more silver to the ring. This is what it turned out like:
Let me know what you think. Do you prefer the first ring, or do you like the ring with the additional silver accents?