Monday, September 27, 2010

Ring A Day #7

Well, I am way behind on blogging my Ringadays. Here is #7 and today I am actually on Ring #270, so I have some catching up to do, or maybe I'll just move ahead and not catch up. Although it is nice to go back and look at the ones I've completely forgotten about.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ring a Day #6 -- Angel Hair Pasta

Angel hair pasta, cooked and curled and then of course torched. The hardest part of making this ring is while I'm curling it into a ring shape, I have to keep my dogs from trying to eat them.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ring a Day #5 -- Rice Noodle

And then you start getting into the food ring category. This was only ring 5, but already I was looking around my house to see what could fit around my finger. Noodles wrap well and then they dry up. Good option. So I cooked up a couple of flat, wide rice noodles. You always think it should be easy, but it took me about 3 or 4 tries before it actually did what I wanted it to do without tearing. Of course, it didn't dry fast enough for me, so I thought I would help it along with my torch. Of course, I have to take it to the limit, so I didn't just dry it out slowly, I started giving it a pretty good amount of flame and it started turning black and bubbling up. I liked it!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ring a Day #4 -- Chapstick

This one is the cardboard from a box of Chapstick, folded and rolled into a ring shape, then wrapped with brass wire, with a coral bead wired in. Then I burn the cardboard, not completely, but just enough to singe it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ring a Day #3

This ring was based off of the first ring that I made out of paper only this one is made from 3 pieces of copper cut into circles, rolled and textured in the mill, hammered, drilled and wired together with brass wire.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ring a Day #2

I took this art class that teaches how to teach art to kids and the last project was scratch art. You use oil pastels. You start with bright colors colored on a piece of paper then you cover the colors with a black oil pastel, then scratch through a design. I've become somewhat obsessed with it and thought I'd try it on metal with enamel. Bright colors fired underneath, then black on top, scratched through and fired again!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's been so long since I blogged, that I'm not really sure where to start or with what! I guess what is mostly on my mind is making a ring a day for the Ring a Day group on Flickr Check it out, you will be amazed by the creativity. I wasn't sure that I wanted to do it because it seemed like a big commitment -- Ring a Day for a year! Every day! Of course, there's no huge penalty if you don't end up making a ring every day, or drop out of the group, only your own deep sense of failure of never being able to follow through on anything , again!!

So I'm in. I'm on ring 25 of 365.

This has been one of the most inspirational and fun groups I've been a part of in a long time. The ideas, designs, photos, and conceptual art abounds! So for right now the commitment hasn't been a big thing. Actually, Ring a Day is all I think about and want to do. It's this part of my life where I can create with no rules (except that it has to be a ring, a day). Then I get lots of practice taking photos and then I post it and share thoughts and comments with a group of obsessed, immensly creative and talented like minded people that I wouldn't know anything about if it weren't for this crazy Flickr Group.

I walk around my house and yard looking at everything I see, thinking, can I put this on my finger?!!! Apparently, I'm not alone.

The ring above is my 1st ring. It is about 15 pieces of white paper, cut into a ring shape and wrapped with brass wire. Then I torch the paper and singe it. You will learn that I almost always must torch things! My brother had a similar obsession when we were growing up. You'll have to wait for that story.