Friday, September 18, 2009

EMJC-PR6.4 - "The customater"

Originally uploaded by bcyrjewelry
If you saw the post from yesterday, you got a bit of a hint of what I was supposed to be working on for my challenge this week. I was given: Ring, Aluminum, Victorian/Byzantine.

Part of my goal has been to create pieces that all work together and still look like me. When doing a little research on victorian or byzantine jewelry, I thought that my organic vine collection might work fine as 'Victorian" with the lacy and tendril-y look.

For the aluminum - we had been talking about how to treat the metal underneath clear stones and one suggestion was aluminum foil. I thought the textured effect of tightly crinkled foil would give an extra dimension to the ring. I was really happy with the effect.

I did two different photos since the one on the right focuses more on the texture underneath the moonstone (which happened to be the only stone I had that was clear enough to see the aluminum foil through!) You can see more photos on flickr.

I kind of feel like it was a little clumsy on execution (if I have to critique myself) Its kind of like a good design coming down the runway, but the hem isn't finished. Overall though I'm pretty happy with it and can see opportunities for the techniques I used in this ring. And THAT makes me really happy.

Make sure to check out the etsymetal blog later today for all the other entries. You will be blown away.


NinaGibsonDesigns said...

I think it's a wonderful ring. I love the reflective quality - very icy!

Haley said...

I love the way this ring looks! So delicate. Maybe the foil looks different in person, but from here it looks just great.

Jenn said...

I super-duper love the outcome of this challenge! (KerinRose blog reader...she pointed me to your blog and now I'm following!)

Beth Cyr said...

thanks ladies!

the foil did turn out well - I'm not as happy w/ the overall setting. Since I give myself a time limit for these challenges, I just had to 'make it work'! but I think if I did it again, I could do it better :)