Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Rings for Days...
On a positive note, I did manage to make a lot of cool rings! I'm quite pleased with my yield! And while I'm not eager to torture myself again, it is tempting after looking at all the things I made!
Wayne Robbins of Mountain Robbins. I bezel-set it in a tall setting on top of a THICK ring shank. (It was a chore to wrangle it... even with annealing it frequently!) The nice thing about the thick band is that it is able to stamped without too much distortion. It also is extra sturdy and the stamping doesn't compromise the strength. (With thinner pieces, this can happen. Especially if has letters like "l" or numbers like "1" that are long and go across the width of the band. This can create a weak spot in thinner gauges of metal.) Since the band was nice and thick, I decided to hammer a message in. It says, "i see you"! How apt, right?
Even though I can't stay up all night and all day to work on projects anymore, I am excited about all the possibilities that are opening up! I can see all sorts of projects developing and that almost makes up for coming to terms with my earthly limitations.