Geez that’s a downer of a headline isn’t it? I mean, it is gray outside today, but it was only supposed to be a segue for this ring I made the other day…
It started out as a backplate for a laguna agate I was going to set, but it turns out I don’t have all the correct tools to make a bezel right now. Of course, I couldn’t just sit around and wait for the tools to arrive in the mail (patience would be ridiculous) so I thought for a minute and decided the plate-that-was-meant-to-be-a-bush-because-the-agate-looks-like-treetops could just as easily be a cloud.
It also serves an experimental purpose – checking to see if a brass ring will turn fingers green. If so, I guess I’ll have to turn to making ring shanks out of silver, which is way more expensive, which means I probably won’t make a ton, but we’ll see how it goes.
I have to say I’m pretty excited. The metal is probably too thin a gauge to make rings out of regularly, but otherwise this little cloud turned out nicely. I was amazed that I made the shank and soldered it on with minimal mental freak-outs.
In other news, I just found out yesterday that I was nominated for an Ontario Newspaper Award for arts and entertainment writing. So I’m double-psyched today. When I was applying, I tried to calculate which stories would be the strongest using an invented semi-mathematical equation, but it was turning my brain inside out because I stink at math (even half-math I made up myself) so I went with the three pieces that were my faves to work on last year – a review of Niagara Comic Con, an interview with Salman Rushdie and my opening essay from the State of the Arts series. Big thanks to the Hamilton arts community for being prolific and newsworthy and willing to share its stories!
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