One of my classmates in the jewelry studio, had been exploring fold forming. I was intrigued with the forms that he was making, and so I started making them. I was also in love with the process of silver granulation, and enameling. Naturally I combined all three. My first step was to make a sample, I started with a copper sheet and formed it to the correct size to fit on my finger and needed to figure out the best method of enameling the shape.
When enameling your want the piece to essentially float in the kiln, so placing it on a tripod so it balances on these 3 tiny spots. With this ring the weight was not even and i needed 2 or 3 tripod for the piece to float. After a satisfactory sample was made the fine silver sheet was formed. The granules were cut and made from long length of wire. I fused each granule in place and enameled the surface.
I decided to etch the surface to give it a satin finish, I wasn’t pleased. I chose to ‘heal’ the surface by putting it in the kiln again to give it a polished luster again, except I absolutely RUINED the piece. The enameled bubbled and cracked, and the surface was so cloudy you couldn’t see the granules. I was devastated. I turned in the piece the next day, and my professor told me I had 24 hours to remake it. Pssshhh! What the hell, I spent 3 weeks making this piece! How was I going to be able to make another one in 24 hours to make the professional photo shoot we had?!?!?! She was bat shit crazy! Or maybe I was… Because I DID!
I formed another sheet of fine silver, threw a ton of granules on the surface and enameled it. At the same time I used the ruined ring to experiment with, adding enamel, layering colors, and heating the piece for an extended amount of time. By the time of the photo shoot I fixed the ruined ring and had a second finished one. I was crazier than my crazy professor!
The two rings are shown as a pair, opposite twins. The first ring has more granules on a thicker sheet of silver the outside appears to be black but it is really layers of blue green orange and red, and some black. The second ring was formed from a thinner sheet of silver, there are less granules, and the form is opposite of the original. It is also enameled but I left the outside of the ring bare leaving the fine silver exposed. The two rings have a drastic difference in weight, one is light the other dark, and the forms are similar but opposite.