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Bronze and CZ Ring Fun!

Bronze and CZ Ring Fun!

I have had so much fun doing these rings! I’ve been obsessed with Dragon Age: Inquisition lately.

Besides doing what I LOVE doing, I also work part time retail, and drive for deliveries. And sometimes do transcription work. And study HTML, CSS, and Java. Those are so awesome!

So, the point is, Dragon Age has been an awesome get away from reality. Every choice I make is acted on, and all the characters just want me to succeed. And if they don’t feel that way, they have a health bar, and I can kill them. It’s awesome.

The more I play, the more Cassandra grows on me. She’s just awesome! Of course, I needed to make a ring.  I decided to get a little fancy with it, and go for a two part ring that stacks, and looks awesome one part at a time. Here’s my original sketch:


I had to change a few little things as I went, because I knew the look, but I forgot to think about the way the stones would actually fit. Whoops. Turns out, it wasn’t a huge deal.

I started with the bottom ring, the one with the sunburst, sort of like the Inquisition eye. The bottom ring was really supposed to be more of her shield. It’s a little chunkier than the top ring, and it’s definitely got more of an armor feel to it.

I forgot to take pictures of making the little sunburst, but basically I rolled out a few snakes, let them dry to leather-hard, then wet down the ring, and put the snakes where they needed to go. Since I dried them flat, I wet down the whole thing with my water pen, and pressed lightly until the snakes formed to the ring. I added snakes to the edges, and sanded down until they were flat on top instead of rounded.

Second ring! I made the top ring, and then cut out the hollow where the bottom stone fits in. I got really into it at this point, and forgot to take more pictures. Sorry! Basically, I added the stone, added snakes to match the trim on the bottom ring, and made little divots for the design.

All fired! I’m always blown away by the kiln colors. They did no disappoint! Look at those amazing rainbows! I’m sad, because every time I try to preserve the colors, they dull. But I guess they’re more beautiful because they won’t last.

All polished up and ready to go! I was so nervous that they wouldn’t fit nicely after they went through the kiln. There’s always shrinkage. But they all shrunk the same amount, and everything looks awesome!


Life is ALMOST Normal!

I realized that I haven’t blogged much at all since the “craziness” started. Apologies! I was juggling jewelry tine, house-buying, wedding planning, and a part time job to help pay for it all. I know, we probably should have only done ONE huge life change at a time, but sitting here in our new home (with a real dining room and back yard!) and chatting with my husband, it’s all worth it.

Now I have no excuse! I made this blog to share works in progress, the stories behind some of my jewelry, and some random things that I find interesting, and now that the dust has settled, I’ve got to start sharing more.

I get inspiration from a lot of different sources, and honestly, most of them need explanation. I draw a lot of ideas from books, TV shows, and video games, so I like to give backstory when I can. My hope is that my designs can be appreciated without the explanation, but be even more special once you know the “why.” And if it inspires you to read the book, watch the show, or play the game, let me know! We can geek out together!
I’ve got a couple designs in various stages of work right now, including new armor pieces, some flame jewelry that’s carved and ready to become metal, and a whole new set of drawings for a Supernatural themed set. Some work in progress shots are up on my Instagram, so check out the link on my sidebar!

So, that’s about it for today, but keep checking in for stories! Also, if you see any jewelry on my website that you’d love to know more about, just let me know in the comments, and I’ll do a post about it!