I'm in week 12 of my second semester of the master's program. Last week, week 11, the assignment was to create a two-finger ring for a resin installation. I sketched out a few rough designs and settled in on an homage to my dad and Uncle Mark.
Until now, I hadn't known that dad or anyone from his side of the family was a motorcycle enthusiast, so when I got this picture, I was ecstatic! What a great way to preserve a classic image.
After I sketched my design and settled on the perfect one, I began fabricating my ring from 20g sterling silver sheet. I measured and cut the two ring parts - one for my middle finger and one for the ring finger. I soldered and shaped them on my ring mandrel and triple checked the sizing. I had to be sure it would fit otherwise it defeats the purpose of making a ring!
Once the ring parts were done, I began the process of creating the triangle and the box for the resin. This is tricky because you have to try to mitre the corners and, of course, I chose to elements with mitered corners! This is something I haven't done a lot of in the past.
As I was thinking about how to solder the two resin holding elements, I remembered I'd need to use my titanium soldering "sticks" from Knew Concepts to get the placement just right and keep the elements from moving around once the heat hit the flux. The photo above shows just how great these clamps can be; I shaped it to hold my cube walls on the platform and then heated the entire piece. I used hard solder to get the best hold and voila! It's done.
This shot below is a quick view of the entire sterling silver piece after it has been filed, sanded and cleaned up for the resin installation.
Now the fun part! I decided to print the photo on clear acetate paper so you could see the image either from the wearer's viewpoint (me) or the observer's viewpoint. And, because I've recently become the newest addition to the family motorcycle enthusiast's club, I wanted to put "me" in the ring as well. So, I opted to color my resin an orange metallic to represent "Sunshine," my bike. Dad, Uncle Mark and me are all in this ring and I'm so happy about the way it turned out!
I thought this was a great way to keep two important family members close to my heart at all times. I'm going to wear this to my next HOG meeting and see what people say!