Monday, February 21, 2011

Creative Project #21 ~ my inspiration for RAW

A few posts back I told you about a group I had joined on Flickr, called RAW (Ring A Week).  The challenge in this group is to make a new ring every week. Today the group is having a blog carnival.  At the bottom of this post you can see a list of participants and click on their blogs to see what inspired them to join this group.  You won't be disappointed by the wonderful work you find!
I have been making jewelry for years, but until a year ago would just give it away as gifts.  I started metal smithing a little over a year ago, and it has been an interesting journey.

At first I was pretty intimidated to post any of my work into this group since the ring pictures in the group are over the top!  Then I thought this would push me to try new things especially since rings are probably my least favorite thing to make.
So I joined RAW hoping it would inspire me to try new techniques and get over my fear of making rings.
I make my rings out of fine silver, fused glass, sea glass, antique pottery shards, lamp worked beads.  Something I am working towards is making rings out of Precious Metal Clay.
For the ring above I made a silver bezel, filled it with tiny pieces of sea glass and shells, then filled it with resin.
Here are a few with my lamp worked pieces and wire wrapping.
All last night I had an idea in my head for a ring which was a combination of metal smithing and a flame worked bead.
I set out this morning to try it out.  I made the silver band but I could not get the part on the top that would hold the bead to work.  So I bezeled a piece of antique pottery to make use of the band.
I like the the square pottery on the round silver.
Sometimes the pottery pieces can be tricky to work with.  It can chip easily and the pieces are sometimes rounded from the plate or bowl they have come from.
Be sure and check out all the jewelry artists that are participating in this blog carnival.
Here is a list of them:

Marcie Abney -
Joanne Harrill -
Thomasin Durgin -
Amy Nicole -
Janice -
Aleksandra Micic -
Lana Chu -
Evelyn Markasky -
Kerry Alice-Twigs and Heather -
Lorena Angulo-
Kate Jones--
Maria Apostolou-
Sarah Small -
Rebecca Bogan -
Elaine Luther -
Rebekah Timlin Meddles -
Laura M (Zoeowyn) -
Kimberly (bahamadawn) -
Erin Austin -
Catherine Witherell -
Michele Grady-
Joan Furilla -
Kathryn Cole- 


laura said...

I love your rings, can't tell by looking at them that they are not your favorite thing to make.

Janet said...

These are so wonderful Kimberly!!!

Thomasin Durgin said...

The pottery shard ring turned out great! It's great to see so many in RAW who are using the project to try new things and improve their skills.

Evelyn said...

I love how you have set things that you normally wouldn't set and how creative you became with the setting!!

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Anonymous said...

It is interesting to find out that many of us never made rings before RAD or RAW or "weren't fond of them". I am glad you decided to join RAW! Keep it up!

Maria Apostolou said...

Your rings are so good, I love the materials that you choose to set in your designs.

Michele said...

Keep up the good work!

somethingunique said...

Wonderful rings i love love them :)

Amy Nicole said...

It sounds like we all have similar inspirations for joining! I love how you make your rings bezel setting glass beads and sea glass. I look forward to seeing more!

somethingunique said...

Hi Kim thanks again for the kind words regarding Chochi i can tell that you a very compassionate person, & thanks for taking care of the furry friends in your community & i love the pic of you & your buddy on the profile pic he/she is a sweetie :)

HappyDayArt! said...

YOU sure make a lot of different kinds of things! What a fun blog and your rings are great! Makes me want to get out my glass shards!

Catherine Witherell


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