Obsessed with Stackable Rings!

Obsessed with Stackable Rings!

“Stackable Silver and Brass Rings”

It all started with the above set of rings that I made recently. I was in the mood to keep things simple, as I have already mentioned before.

As I started making them, new ideas kept coming! For a couple of days it seemed almost like an addiction! One night, while out for dinner, I didn’t have my sketchbook with me, so I started doodling on the paper placemats.

doodles

Components of the second rings trio, ready to be soldered:

components

I call this set Fall Preview because the stamped brass leaf, combined with the brown of the smokey quartz, evoke a strong feeling of autumn. Although I’m not ready to give up on summer just yet, I always find that autumn is such a beautiful time of year.

Some pictures of this set of rings:

smokey

“Smokey Quartz Ring”

leaf

“Leaf Ring”

band

“Sterling silver band”

fall_preview

“Fall Preview. Stackable trio”

One of the things I like about stackables is that they can be worn in many different ways: each ring separately, in sets of two or three. Some examples:

ways to wear them

It soon became obvious that these rings would also help me catch up with Ring-a-Day and make the five extra rings that I was behind.

The next trio is made in sterling silver and features two little critters, a turtle and a butterfly:

butterfly

“Butterfly Ring”

turtle

“Turtle Ring”

band

“Sterling silver band”

critters

“Flying & Crawling, Stackable Rings”

worn

This is how they look when they are worn together.

Finally, this last ring, although not stackable, clearly evolved from the previous designs. It’s made of sterling silver, brass and a tube set 3mm rose-cut garnet.

garnet

“Rose-Cut Garnet Ring”

After intensively making these little rings, all my other rings suddenly appeared huge! I’ll have to re-adjust and change scale the next days!

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Ring-a-Day Weekly Round Up #4

Ring-a-Day Weekly Round Up #4

R-A-D #208 8/2/2010 “Unidentified Specimen”

This week I made rings that could be described as tiny, delicate and simple. The first one, pictured above, features a specimen that I found at the beach, attached on a sterling silver band.

The next ring is an attempt to deconstruct summer, keeping only the basics: sand and some shells:

shell

R-A-D #209 8/3/2010 “Deconstructing Summer”

Starting with a thin sterling silver band, mixing metals by adding a piece of brass and finishing the ring by setting a 3mm peridot cab:

peridot

R-A-D #210 8/4/2010 “Peridot Ring”

On Thursday, I was at the hospital because my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! So this one is for my niece, made from a brochure that I found at the hospital:

heart

R-A-D #211 8/5/2010 “A big heart for E.”

This event inspired more tiny and delicate rings, that are also stackable:

flower

R-A-D #212 8/6/2010 “Stamped Flower”

stamped heart

R-A-D #213 8/7/2010 “Stamped Heart”

stackable

Stackable Silver and Brass Rings

The next design evolved from the previous ring trio: sterling silver and tube set 3mm rose-cut garnet.

garnet

R-A-D #214 8/8/2010 “Rose-Cut Garnet Ring”

I realized that stackables can be quite addictive! They’re also a great way to catch up and make the five rings that I’m missing. Today I ‘ve already made a new set of three rings and I’m posting it tomorrow!

Here’s a few of my favorite rings this week, from the Ring-a-Day Flickr Pool:

RAD #214, #215, #216, #217

“Office” Rings by Evelyn Markasky, a real bargain!

RAD 211/365 08.05.10

Stunning Labradorite Ring by Kathryn Cole.

RAD 78/365

A Succulent Ring made of copper and no trace of solder by Lesley Tinnaro.

#213

Andrea of amuckdesign is revisiting an earlier design and the result is delightful!

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Announcing the winner of the giveaway!

Announcing the winner of the giveaway!

Time to announce the winner of the giveaway!

I went over at Random.org to generate one lucky number. As you can see, the winner is number 2. This means that Efi of Studio Eight Photographs has won one copy of The Art of Jewelry Design.

Thanks to everyone for participating in this giveaway. I do wish I had more copies for each one of you!

Efi, please e-mail me your address at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) so that I send you your copy!

...off for a swim now! Happy Sunday to everyone!

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Making arugula pesto

Making arugula pesto

A bundle of fresh arugula leaves in the food processor

I usually make the classic pesto recipe with basil and pine nuts during summer, when basil is in season. This is a variation, using arugula instead of basil and walnuts instead of pine nuts. Since arugula is available all year long, this way I can always have a pesto jar in the refrigerator!

I simply combine all the ingredients in the food processor.

A bundle of fresh arugula leaves, 2-3 cloves of peeled garlic, 1/2 cup of walnuts, salt and pepper, 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil:

pesto2

Mix well and add a little more olive oil if the paste is too thick:

pesto3

Add 2-3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese:

pesto4

Ready! Just make sure you taste first, in case it needs more seasoning.

pesto5

Put the mixture in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Can be stored there at least for a week.

pesto6

I find that it adds extra flavor to almost everything, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, chicken, salad and many more.

A couple of ideas from last night’s dinner and today’s lunch:

pizza

Home baked pizza and pesto sauce on top

linguine

Linguine, arugula pesto and cherry tomatoes

Fast, simple and delicious! My favorite kind of recipes!

Almost forgot: Tomorrow I’m announcing the winner of the book giveaway. There ‘s still time left to enter until Sunday morning, 10:00 a.m. GMT.

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Botanical sketches

Botanical sketches

Red oregano dried bloom and drawing

These are some recent drawings of botanical forms that I’m collecting. The drawings are next to each natural specimen and I’m putting them all to an inspiration board that I’m slowly compiling.

There’s no intention to translate them into jewelry designs yet. I’m collecting them because I find them interesting and stimulating.

....eager to discover where they will lead me!

Hibiscus dried blooms and a drawing:

hibiscus

Specimen found at the beach:

natural specimen

A page with all the dried samples and drawings:

dried samples

A couple of links that I like:

  • A page of Geninne’s new botanical journal.
  • A preview of the new painted calendar from Bookhou containing some wonderful and minimalistic, botanical illustrations.

If you haven’t participated already, the book giveaway will be open until Sunday morning. A copy of Elizabeth Olver’s The Art of Jewelry Design will be sent to one lucky winner.

Happy weekend to everyone!

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