I finished the rings that I was making (models, and fabricating), this project proved to be even more difficult then I originally thought it might be. Considering that as of a couple of months ago I had never worked with metal, I am happy with what I was able to create. I really challenged myself, I learned a ton, and was able to put it to use in creating these forms. However the perfectionist in me sees all the imperfections, and for that reason I will never love the final result, as much as some of my other projects.
I was asked to paint a young Keith Richards on a wood panel, we discussed color possibilities, and beyond that I had creative control. The final piece is hanging in the bar area of Taylors People’s Park, in downtown Waukesha. I also have a couple of other portraits on old albums hanging there. Its a pretty cool place, so check it out.
Progress on the hollow form ring. This one has been a lot of trial and error, and learning as I go. By far the most difficult of the projects that I have attempted while working with metal. Choosing to make two forms that go together, really requires that things are lined up and there have been a few steps that I have had to redo. I am sure that I will be excited when it is all done, but this has been quite the never ending process so far.
For this project I need to make two rings that create a set. One needs to be more wearable, and one needs to be more sculptural. Beyond that they both need to have a hollow interior space, also known as a hollow form. Rather then create two rings that go together thematically, I want to take a pretty literal approach, and create rings that actually inter-lock. Here are some of the sketches that I drew and the best of the models I made.
Cast silver for the pin, and cast bronze for the other pieces combined with walnut, finished with dark danish oil, and clear acrylic. I don’t think I will be making anything like this again, but I enjoyed the process, and like the end results. Each new project that I do seems to give me new appreciation for people who work with metals.
I liked the look of metal and dark wood that I had with the Ranges ring, so when I had to make a few pieces that had a universal component that could be used in more then one way with metal, I decided to include wooden pieces. I don’t consider myself to be a jeweler, but it was an interesting process.