fidget. ring. spin. part two.

>> Friday, April 22, 2011

things have been a little quiet in the world of metalsmithing (read: things have been a little slow on the sales front) so i've been experimenting a little again.  for anyone who is interested in how the whole fidget ring thing is going, here is prototype number 2. i think i was marginally more successful this time around.  i also used a half round copper band instead of the twisted one, in the hopes that it would be a little more aerodynamic and more likely to "spin" around the thicker band.  well, as you can see, the finished product is still quite irregular and rustic, and  i probably still am a little heavy handed with the hammer, but it does have a more smoother appearance than the first one i had made.  there is definitely less buckling, and it has a more put together "look".  i do admit, i think i might like the twisted band better - the contrast in texture with that ring is what i like about it.  the joy of prototype two is that i feel i am getting closer to perfecting this technique - plus it is as equally enthralling as a fidget device.
it is kind of interesting because these rings are taking on a primitive, monolithic kind of look - i'm thinking a little stonehenge mixed with rough hewn rock and just the slightest hint of zen.  hmmm.  i'm going to wander down to the studio and see what else i can come up with.

(L - this one is yours, if you want it!)

2 comments:

Anonymous,  April 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM  

beautiful ring

Anonymous,  April 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM  

Yup, I want it, I want it :)

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