Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Experimenting with Rings

Last year at Bead & Button, I was glad to snag a card of 3 sugar skull buttons from the talented Anne Choi. I am assuming you can only get these buttons at shows because I have never seen them on her website. I wasn't quite sure what I would do with them and then it hit me - they would be perfect for rings! But, not really having made rings before I had to brainstorm about how I would do it.

The first one I made was simply wire wrapped, and I auctioned it off on eBay last month for the Art Center. I had wanted to get at least one more done for that auction, but it just didn't happen until now.
For this one, I used a flower ring I already had. I remember purchasing this ring with a friend of mine in high school back in the day when you still had to physically order from catalogs. Like in... sending a check in and everything - before the internet was really mainstream. It had a little yellow glass stone in the center which I popped out. I nipped the shank off the back of the button and used jeweler's cement to adhere the skull to the flower.
I also had this nice silver band that I had bought long ago with the intention of doing a peyote stitch around it, after seeing some rings done up like that right after I learned how to do peyote. Well, once you have the woven beads, you can weave most anything onto them so sewing the last button I had onto it worked out great! And, I am willing to share again - this ring is now listed on Etsy.


SummersStudio said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Brilliant. What a clever way to incorporate these buttons into rings.

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Gorgeous buttons! I don't know how you can part with them :)

Contrariwise said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would have bezel-set them, but I don't think it would have turned out nearly as well as what you made. Those bands really complement the buttons. What a great look!

(I think I'm a closet goth. Raised on Edward Gorey, you know.)