A classic hammered fine silver swirl ring for Saturday. I asked my wife to try it on to see if it fit. Then I made the mistake of asking if she wanted me to make one for her. She indicated that I already had made this one for her.
This ring was fabricated for my wife for Valentine’s Day. She caught on to the idea that if I’m going to make a Ring-A-Day, then maybe some of them should be for her (if not all of them). Smart woman! Lucky I married well.
Never mind that we had tickets to one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays, Richard III at BAM with Kevin Spacey, I still had to give her something red to honor St. Valentine.
My kingdom for a horse!
Kevin Spacey did it. I like the not to Verbal Kint with the leg brace. We were entertained.
NOTE: David Letterman spoiled 6th Sense on-air in 1999. The studio lambasted him. In response, Dave ruined 10 more films in his nightly top ten count down. It went something like this:
10: Patrick Swayze is a ghost (Ghost)
9: Lou Cypher is Satan (Angel Heart)
8: Bruce Willis is dead (6th Sense)
7: She’s her sister and her mother (Chinatown)
6: Kevin Spacey did it. (Usual Suspects)
5: Luke, I am your father. (Empire Strikes Back)
4: Brad Pitt is Ed Norton (Fight Club)
3: Kevin Spacey did it. (Se7en)
2: She’s a guy. (Boys Don’t Cry)
1: Kevin Spacey did it. (American Beauty)
O.K., so if you’re not self-centered enough to know what Memento Mori means, loosely translated, it means remember your own death. If you were to phrase it in a positive light it means carpe diem, or cash your day rate check. (Oops, sorry, different diem.)
Because I tend to deflect our daily trials into metaphor, I prefer this ring to symbolize our mortal coil, or Portia’s father’s less-than-whimsical game of caskets. This ring has many more than Shylock’s 3 caskets to choose from, but of course, you can only see 3 at once. Tempting! Which is your casket; and does it contain silver, gold, lead, or — most importantly — the hand of Portia?
So this ring was someone’s roof at one time or another. I got this roll of copper from a dumpster and have sketched many ideas on it over the years from hammer forming on manhole covers to copy them, to small simple things like this ring. Copper is the jeweler’s sketch pad. It’s conductive properties allow many metals to be deposited onto it. I’m considering gold plating this piece so it doesn’t react with skin.
I got the idea from a book called 30 Minute Rings and added the hammered texture. I may select other ideas from this book to keep up with my Ring-A-Day project. It’s a great book to help get your creative juices flowing.