Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rose Rake Challenge

Here's some pics of my Rose Rake Challenge piece from the Chatty Metalsmiths thread on Etsy. It has a small cobaltian calcite druzy stone. Obviously it isn't set yet! Neither is the ring oxidized to bring out the forms. The 2 sides of the ring are competing forms, with the leaf-like side having holes and the rake side with straighter lines. The druzy sits in an odd shaped cup between the 2. I had thought to do the rake side with square wire, but it didn't turn out that way! Hope you at least get an idea of the piece. Druzy is impractical for rings, but I enjoyed playing with something different.


Here are some of the other responses to the Rose/Rake challenge.

Addendum: here's the finished ring as I posted to the challenge page earlier this week:

8 comments:

Corybethy said...

Beautemous!

Rosebud Collection said...

You really do beautiful work..what a wonderful gift you have..
Happy Easter..

Chris Stone said...

Thanks! it was a fun challenge. I should finish this up this weekend... along with a few other things!

fix8ion said...

Fantastic, I love this!

Almost Precious said...

A very creative piece! Truly unique. The druzy is indeed a different choice of ring subjects, but it is quite lovely. I guess they are probably a bit too fragile for rings? I ask because, though I've never worked with druzy I have admired their sparkling crystal formation.

Jenn said...

Ooh i love that stone, very unique indeed! Plus your ring, as always, is so finely crafted and simply beautiful Chris. Can't wait to see it in the finished state :-)

Chris Stone said...

thanks!
yes, the druzy is a poor choice for a ring. but when set, the bezel should protect it somewhat. i wanted a more meaty crystal, but couldn't find one. it was fun playing with something different.

Gallery Juana said...

I love the stone you chose for its color and texture.