AEDM – Day 17 – Taking Stock

Art Every Day Month – Day 17 – Taking Stock

We are mid way in the Art Every Day Month November challenge.  I knew I needed this, to commit to posting something creative every day.  Basically, I’ve asked AEDM to be the loving parent, to find a way to pry me off of the floor, stand myself up and shout “I am an artist”.  (Damn.  That felt great!)

I’ve been taking stock of things for a long time, making headway of course, not just thinking – but it’s now time to remind myself of what I’ve accomplished in general for this month, for the year, the past few years……part of being in the moment is that you are not obsessing about being elsewhere and it is simply easy to forget what you’ve done.  I believe I’ve said this before in the blog.

Had a brief discussion today with a friend about rings.  That reminded me – several years ago I was making fine silver jewelry, mostly rings and pendants.  I will again, but night just now.  The photo below is of one of my split rings.  The split ring design began with a happy accident and moved into a fantastic application for me. I would not have set out to create this design.  It wasn’t my idea.  But it is what came through.  That issue of guides just keeps popping up.

The ring is fine silver, formed and then fused in a kiln.  You will see two roses, one on each side of a center split in the ring shank.  One rose has a sharp, extended leaf (intentional, since the original design idea was to create something for a woman to wear as she walked alone at night – use your imagination here).  The other rose has a leaf with a hole in it (also intentional) for realistic effect and because I’m personally not interested in making precision pieces.  I love the richness of hand-made.  The ring shank is decorated with leaf and petal imagery.  I’ve made several of these, some with 4 blooms and some with only one bloom on one side and all leaves on the other.  The ring you see here is a size 5.  This gives you an idea of the size of the roses.  They are delicate yet substantial. The benefit of the split ring designed in this manner?  There is just enough spring in these shanks to open ever so slightly when you put them on and take them off.  This creates comfort and, for people who have issues with swelling joints, etc., this is a lovely thing.

split rose ring collage

Please visit Leah Piken Kolidas @ Creative Every Day  to see what’s up with Art Every Day Month.  You can find Leah’s fabulous entries (she is the originator) along with a wonderfully diverse list of other bloggers participating.  Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy…….every day is a new piece of art, or a step in the process…


“Only from your heart can you touch the sky.”



 until tomorrow…..



2 thoughts on “AEDM – Day 17 – Taking Stock

  1. PMC3. It isn’t easy to handle at first and took me a long time. Did you try making a ring with something like Hattie’s Patties? An environmental no-no in my book but using them helped me through my self-education. PMC is pricey, as you know but I do like the sculptural opportunities with it. One could make/buy sterling silver shanks and solder a fired PMC piece onto it. It is not cost effective for me to make this type of ring and have them sit around waiting for someone to purchase them so I limit what I make for special situations.

    I find working with copper to be more rewarding. I’ll revisit the PMC3 work in the near future. Not now.


  2. belletamaam

    is that Precious Metal you’re working with for this ring? I’ve tried that….I don’t have the’s so thin! And this beautiful AND functional!


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