Saturday, December 20, 2008

Branching out! Ring making- here I come. :)

I can't remember what made me think of it, but it recently occurred to me that if I got myself a steel ring mandrel, I could make hammered sterling rings. I already had on hand a few feet of 16 gauge sterling wire that I had purchased before I understood that 20 gauge was what I needed to make earrings like these Musical Notes. So I went online and found a good deal on a steel ring mandrel that came with a small nylon hammer. I was so happy when it arrived. :D

I started by making myself a ring. I needed to practice and learn anyway, and it's nice to have the very first of something when you're branching out into a new technique. :)

I made a second ring in the same style, which turned out really well, and I have that one listed in my shop now.

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Perfect for everyday wear- I have mine on right now. :)

This little beauty has gotten a lot of attention.

And I love the sparkle in this one from the dimples of the hammer in the sterling.

This one was a challenge, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out. :)

I'm having a lot of fun making rings, and am very happy to see that they're getting a good amount of views and even some hearts. :)

I have two more in the works, and hope to list them soon!


JuliaA said...

they're gorgeous! you do magical things with shaping and hammering metal. :)

Blossoms said...

LOVE the rings Sarah! Great job!

Jennie said...

Way to keep us all on our toes, Sarah! You're always up to something new and fabulous. These rings are stunning :)

Vivace Crafts said...

These are so lovely! Keep doing it!

Walk in the Woods said...

Your rings are lovely. I really dig the movement and organic forms of your designs.

Som's Studio said...

The rings are gorgeous!
My fav is the third ring from the top...the one with two loops. I would love to see a tiny drop of sparky Swarovski crystal dangle from one of the loop...
Keep up the good work, Sarah!

Sarah Jane said...

Aren't you all just the sweetest!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. :D


joanna-rutter said...

NICE work!

bokjae said...

Hi sarah! A Happy New Year to you! Came across your blog from entrecard and was struck by your name which is the same as my niece!!!! Just curious to know! Haha! I love artistic people and I think you are one! Cheers!

Sarah Jane said...

Thanks, guys! :D

I have no idea what an entrecard is, but I'm happy to have my blog out there!

Sarah Jane isn't a very common name, and I've gone most of my life without meeting another one- but just recently they've been popping up all over the place. :) It's a good name- I like it. :)