Monday turned into a dreary rainy day. It has been weeks since we had one of these around here. It seems that someone forgot to tell Mother Nature that you are supposed to have Spring after Winter... we had jumped straight to Summer! So this rain was very welcome. I needed to day inside puttzing around without the guilt of thinking I should be outside enjoying the sun.
For some reason, I had rings on the brain. Shortly after my blog post yesterday, I sneaked down to the studio and just started playing. I had several ounces of 10g ss wire on my desk. I hadn't intented to order it but a computer error at the site I purchased from and a very very rude customer service rep led to it being here. Rather then being charged more the $20 to return it plus pay the increased silver rate at the time to order the gauge it was supposed to have been had me deciding two things... 1)I will never order from that company again and won't promote there site here on my blog (I can't stand bad customer service) and 2) that I will make do with the 10g and try to figure out a way to use it.
It took a lot of trial and error with the 10g before I realized that it is NOT what a needed for the ring in my head. I like the bulk that is has, it feels heavy and substantial. But for what I was designing, it was off balance and too weighty.
I decided (after an hour and a half) that 14g was the answer! I used a bead I had left over from my "Spatter" necklace. I really like that it is transparent and you can see the layer of silver underneath. I had wanted to figure out a way to solder or melt a ball of silver as the "stopper", but ended up going with the swirl. I will still experiment with the stopper idea but this is working for today.
One of the great things about it... it is adjustable. Adjustablity in a ring is a HUGE must. I have neither the time nor the patience to custom size rings. And it is one of the reasons I have never made any of the rings I make available to the public. These are really the first inkling I have had of something I would be willing to offer. Remember these RINGS? Yeah, I never took them any further then that. They just didn't end up sitting well with me.
I wonder if these will be the ones.You know, the ones... the ones that finally make it past my sever ring scrutiny and on to my website. Let me know what you think... it might help the cause.