Early in the Ring-A-Day project, I tried to come up with the most unique setting for a gem, knowing NOTHING about stone setting. After being inspired (or appalled) by some of the crazy items on Regretsy, I decided that a urinal with a yellow gem would definitely be unique. The fire citrine in the base of the urinal was the first gem I purchased after lots of measurements and consulting with John at Moddler.com. I’d been looking at Shapeways, to print thing #6261 from Thingiverse, but I needed a person to walk me through it. John was great about this. He understood my requirements and printed two pieces of slightly different sizes. I made a mold of John’s 3D printed urinal and then did some extensive modifications, but largely kept the size and shape. I’m really entertained by how it turned out. It’s a size 8 pinky ring.
I kinda understand how comedians work after making this ring. At first, it’s funny enough to inspire you. Then, you learn everything about it. When you’re ready to present it, you can’t see what’s funny any longer. Your audience reminds you what’s funny about it again.
All right, now take the lastthreerings, add a gem stone, some millgrain to go with the carved texture, and make it sharp. I turned the culet up on this gem since it seems to be in fashion lately to wear spiky rocks. Culets are supposed to be ground flat and parallel with the table, but this one is quite sharp.
Started with a thicker band today and carved away more than yesterday’s Cruel Ring. I also added a ridge to soften the ring a bit. The inside of the band was reduced and rounded by carving into the cylindrical geometry as well. Over all, a more organic design.
This ring is the opposite of smooth and round. I named it after Steve Martin’s comedy album, Cruel Shoes. A quick Google images search reveals that the shoe idea is still going strong. Maybe Cruel Rings will catch on too.