I used to love to bake. I would try any recipe-the harder the better-and was generally successful. But learning how to make petit fours was difficult. Not the baking so much as the assembly and decoration. Each little cake was a project in itself and if I had an exposed cake crumb or a blob of icing, the cake was no good and had to be discarded. Or fed to a friend who would sit happily in my parent’s kitchen (this was while I was in high school) and gobble down whatever rejects came his way. And still managed to maintain his girlish figure, I might add.
Nowadays I am learning how to make rings and set stones. One good thing about learning how to make rings is that they’re small. You can make a ring a day for a month and still fit them in a small box. (Not so when you are learning how to throw pots.) Another good thing about making a lot of rings is that you can give them to friends. Oh, I know, people ask me why I don’t sell them. As if all I’d have to do was open up an Etsy store and the orders would come flooding in. And then I’d have to make them. I’m not sure I want to go that route.
Making rings is fun and designing them is fun and giving them to my friends is fun. Here are some pictures of rings I have given away and some that have been promised to adoptive fingers:
Chalcedony and sterling silver. I am having fun with twisted wire shanks, too.
I made three of these rings and still have to give two of them to their new owners. The stone, an Amazonite, is actually a bead that I set to look like a cabochon.
Here are three love knot rings. The one in the middle is the one destined for a friend’s finger. It’s made of 16 gauge sterling wire. The one on the right is 14 gauge sterling and it’s really too thick for this design. The one on the left is 18 gauge white brass and a little too delicate for my taste.
This is my split-shank “Sword in the Stone” Plume Agate. Why Sword in the Stone? Because I didn’t think it would ever fit anyone, but it fits my friend, Sherman, beautifully. And so it is his when next I see him. I should have given it to him when he first tried it on, but we were going to wait and do a trade. We probably still will, but it is his in any case. Hear that Sherman?