Recently I made two rings for myself. Both are made from Precious Metal Clay, the most amazing medium ever!
The horses, nine all together, are individually shaped with silver lines from a syringe which are manipulated with a very fine paint brush to form the horse bodies. Once I am happy with their shape I dry the ring and where needed the background is carved for a 3D effect.
The design was inspired by the wild horses we have here in New Zealand, the Kaimanawas. They are rounded up from time to time, most find good homes and become great companions.
For the other ring I made a polymer clay impression from a piece of driftwood I use for exhibitions when I show my “Heads and Tales” Pure Silver jewellery.
The design came about when I worked on a ring with the theme “Bark”. The ring I made for myself was originally a suggestion for the commissioned ring. I liked it very much and did not want to rehydrate the dried silver clay, so I decided to keep it for myself since the size would fit well.
The silver clay takes up the smallest details, so the ring made with this texture looks like the natural wood grain. I left this ring as it came out of the kiln, the matte surface will further be polished when it will be worn.