Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Secret Message Jewelry, Part1

Let me share the details behind the making of my new, secret message ring.  It begins with three, fully interlocking rings.  Two of these bands represent people; partners in a relationship.  A third band is hand marked in morse code.  Its characters spell  L-O-V-E.  This third ring, intertwining with the other two, symbolizes a couple forever joined by love. 

Next, I created a sterling silver ring.  The band is tall enough to accommodate the word "ALWAYS" written inside. 

Formed and soldered. Ready for clean up.

The rings were filed, sanded, polished, and then oxidized.  I perform this step with all my jewelry to add character and enhance details - especially with letters and code on this particular piece. Notice how distinct the markings are with a patina.

The interlocking rings are designed to fit onto the silver band and rotate.  A brief video of their movement may be viewed on my Instagram page.  I overlapped the two styles and shaped the edges of the wide band ring in an anticlastic form.  Doing this permanently holds the interlocking rings onto the band.

Secret message rings are available in my Etsy shop.  Shown here is a thin, minimal style with the three interlocking rings only.  Morse code spells out "love" on the eternally joined bands.

 The wide band ring is also offered in my shop.  Made to order in US ring sizes.  An original design from Indyspire Art LLC.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cat Memorial Jewelry

I love cats.  I love incorporating cats into my jewelry designs.  I also love when jewelry holds special significance for the wearer. Then, it becomes a keepsake.

In loving memory of Gandalf, the wonderful grey kitty.

A few short years back, my beloved cat passed away.  I created a necklace to honor his memory and wrote about it here on my blog.  A portion of the sale from each cat memorial necklace is donated to From the Heart Rescue.

I make cat rings in the same style as the necklace.  A customer requested the name of her sweet kitty to be inscribed inside the band, and the idea for a cat memorial ring came about.

The first cat memorial ring was in honor of Moka.

Each ring honors the memory of a dear companion while also providing funds to From the Heart Rescue. This donation is used to lower the adoption fee of a rescued cat awaiting its forever home.

The most recent ring was to commemorate Ruby. I am grateful to Ruby's owner for sharing her photo.  Isn't she beautiful?

Cat memorial rings are available for customizing / personalizing in my Etsy shop.  Each ring is made with love in hopes of helping others to heal after their loss.