A Ring that Swings (Kinetic Ring Challenge)

•March 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Some of the members of the Ring of the Week group participated in a challenge to create kinetic rings.

Mine is “Ring Swing” (RAW 12/52).


“Unicorn” – RAW 11/52

•March 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Borosilicate Glass Ring of the Week is made with Black Lightning, Blue Caramel and Sublime (from Northstar Glass).
Ring is Blue Caramel and the horn is Black Lightning wrapped with Sublime.

Sublime is a lovely pale transparent almost fluorescent lime green.

I’m thinking this color is a interesting encasement treatment for silver glass base colors.

"Unicorn" Borosilicate Glass Ring, Flameworked

Sublime creates some gorgeous greens as shown in the bottom four images below using Blue Caramel and Sublime (from Northstar Glass).

“Ice” – RAW 9/52

•March 8, 2011 • 1 Comment


"Ice" Borosilicate Glass Ring

Ring of the Week 9/52 is a borosilicate glass ice cube ring with a dichroic center and a clear band.

The dichroic glass breaks into needles as it is twisted in the flame and then the ice cube is shaped and attached to the band.


"Ice" Detail

“Ballerina Lace” – RAW 8/52

•February 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Ring of the Week (RAW 8/52) is entitled “Ballerina Lace.”

I really enjoyed making the cane for the band on this borosilicate glass ring, similar to a cane called Filigrana which is cane with Spiral thread patterns in it.   There are many different canes and I’m having fun researching them as I am not sure the difference between them all.  Flameworkers modify traditional glass blowing techniques to create complex glass canes.

I blogged about Zanfirico cane a while back in a post about Harold Williams Cooney here.

A great video about making complex cane here featuring Lino Tagliapietra:

Why Participate in an Artistic Challenge?

•February 21, 2011 • 14 Comments

This question was posed to participants of the Ring of the Week challenge:


“What are your reasons for participating in Ring of the Week (RAW) 2011?”

Here are mine:

  • Finding Inspiration

    Having a deadline to produce a new item every week, although it may seem a chore, is highly inspirational and these items often become prototypes for new product lines, or larger pieces.  Having to come up with something entirely different every week really gets the creative energy flowing.  Being involved in a group that is mainly fine metal artists and jewelers, I knew that there was inspiration to be found outside of my flameworking glass community.  I noticed early on in this challenge that I was seeing possibilities for rings everywhere and was finding circles, squares, and other geometric shapes that could become a “ring” of sorts.  Some of my rings have seemed to just appear on their own.If you are in a creative slump, I highly recommend getting involved in some sort of challenge.  There are many out there and you will find one that is right for you or specific to your medium.

  • Exploring New Techniques

    One of the things I have wanted to work on was complex cane which would was used for the bands in my first rings and one of them became my first ring of the week.

  • Expanding Product Lines

    Periodically I have gotten requests for rings and I have never had any.  This challenge has been a great opportunity to expand my product line into new areas.  My experience with rings has been limited and this has been a great opportunity to work on these small sculptures.

Check out more answers to this question from this great group of artists:

Marcie Abney – labellajoya.blogspot.com
Joanne Harrill – www.jojobell.com
Thomasin Durgin – www.metalriot.blogspot.com
Amy Nicole – www.rubymtnbeads.blogspot.com
Janice – www.doxallodesigns.blogspot.com
Aleksandra Micic – www.micicart.blogspot.com
Lana Chu – www.ginkgoglass.wordpress.com
Evelyn Markasky – www.markasky.blogspot.com
Kerry Alice-Twigs and Heather – www.twigsandheather.blogspot.com
Lorena Angulo- blog.lorenaangulo.com/
Kate Jones– www.katejonesdesign.blogspot.com
Maria Apostolou- www.createjewelry.gr/blog
Sarah Small – www.bysalla.blogspot.com
Rebecca Bogan – www.Adobesol.com/blog
Elaine Luther – www.CreativeTextureTools.com/news
Rebekah Timlin Meddles – www.lunasadesigns.blogspot.com
Laura M (Zoeowyn)- zoeowyn.blogspot.com/
Kimberly (bahamadawn) – www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com
Erin Austin – www.metalmusing.blogspot.com
Catherine Witherell – www.happydayart.typepad.com
Michele Grady- www.michelegradydesigns.blogspot.com
Joan Furilla – jfurilla.wordpress.com/
Kathryn Cole- www.kathryncolejewelry.blogspot.com

Mixed Media Ring “Peacock” – RAW 7/52

•February 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Ring of the Week  (RAW 7/52) is entitled “Peacock.”

"Peacock" Borosilicate Glass and Nichrome Wire

This ring was inspired by a thread on Lampwork Etc. about what kind of wire works well in flameworked glass pieces.

The wire I used was a high temperature wire which is an alloy of Nickel and Chromium called Nichrome.  It is stable at high temperatures up to 1700 degrees F and is also sometimes called simply “high temperature wire.”  This wire may be purchased at most fusing supply places and rumor has it that it is also available at hardware stores in the picture hanging section.  Looks like I need to make another trip to the hardware store.

I have successfully used this wire in fused glass pieces in the past and was curious if it would hold up in the high temperatures of a glass torch.  The typical temperature of the glass torch flame in approximately 5000 degrees F so obviously if the wire is placed directly in the flame it will melt.  After several attempts (ie melted wire)  I was able to wind some aqua colored glass on the tips of the wire and insert the other end into the top of the ring below by just barely warming the tip of the wire in the torch and then laying the molten glass on it.  Then I carefully rounded up the glass and inserted the six wires in top of the ring.

The ring reminds me of a peacock’s head plumage.

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Recycled Bottle Glass -RAW 6/52

•February 13, 2011 • 1 Comment

People bring me glass bottles.  I don’t know how it got started but my garage studio sometimes looks like someone has an alcohol problem.  The prettiest ones to me are the green wine bottles, and of course Sky vodka and Bombay gin bottles.

Recently I’ve been interested in ways to use recycled glass bottles and shards of broken glass for glass projects.  This is a recycled bottle glass pendant in transparent green and is approximately 1″H x 1″W.

Recycled glass pendants may be purchased on Etsy. If you have a special bottle you would like made into a piece of jewelry or something else, let me know and I’ll be happy to do so.

Recycled Glass Pendant --Green--RAW 6/52

These pendants are cut with a glass saw from recycled wine or beer bottles, melted in a kiln and hung on a leather cord.  I’m planning on making more “rings” for bracelets, pendants, vessels and  sculptures.  Ultimately this recycled glass could be used for fusing, casting, flameworking or any technique using glass.  The only issue is the compatibility of the glass from bottle to bottle.  Wine bottles often come from different manufacturers, so bottles from the same wine label for example, even though the bottles may look identical, may not be compatible due to differing coefficients of expansion.  Bottle glass ordinarily has a COE between 85 to 87. Although the COE can be as little as 83 or as great as 90.  This is why it is only safe to use pieces of glass from the same bottle.

Read more about using recycled glass at Glass Fusing Made Easy.

A friend of mine had a huge tree limb break his glass topped table in his back yard.  The glass is a beautiful pale aqua color, almost an inch thick and he saved quite a few large pieces for me.  I’m thinking of something that could be made with these pieces.  Maybe I will break them up a bit more and fuse a large platter for him.  If you have any ideas let me know.


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