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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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