Ring A Day : 700 Photos from a 365 Day Jewelry Challenge is not the sort of book that I usually review here. Generally the focus is on project and techniques books. The exceptions are the books that impress and inspire me so much that I think they should be shared.
Artists took up the challenge to create one ring each day for a year. No matter where they were or what they had to work with. The results were rings that challenge the basic structure of a ring, becoming more sculpture than jewelry. Rings that were made of found items or whatever was handy. Alternative materials and some that were by their nature, transient. Creative and wonderful ideas are all over this book.
Some of the rings made me chuckle, and more than I would have thought, I stopped on a page to show it to my husband. Some just astounded me with their beauty or their function. Many of them made me look at the form of a ring differently or at the use of things people might normally throw away.
Absolutely inspiring. The designs can be springboards for your own imagination. One ring made me think of something I want to try with a votive candle holder. Several others made me think of kinetic possibilities with beads to make pendants.
The photographs are very well done, the rings are really creative. This small volume is one that I'll keep by my bed to glance through before sleep if I'm stuck for ideas.
While a lot of the rings are made using hot jewelry techniques, some of them are cold formed. Some are made with alternative materials that are fairly easy to find.
My daughter was just as charmed by this book, and it inspired her creative side in a completely different way. Some of the rings that thrilled me were less interesting to her and some that inspired her greatly didn't charm me as much. Since we can be very different, it was neat for me to see that this collection could inspire her as much as it did me. It's a gallery of wonderful art in small scale.
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