When I last posted, I had just finished my fairy necklace, and had purchased custom cabochons from Donna Millard, one of my favorite glass artists, to make some new rings.
I made jewelry as gifts for my sisters at Christmas, but didn't know what to make for my mom, who doesn't wear much jewelry. I called her over the holidays and explained that I didn't know what to make for her, and she surprised me by saying that she loved the recent millifiori rings I had made, and would love to have me make a ring for her. Knowing this, when I had Donna make my cabochons, I had her use a particular murini of hers for some of the cabs. The murini is called water lily, and I chose it because of one of my favorite childhood memories.
My mother is a fantastic gardener, and she had several waterlily plants that she put out in the pond in the yard every year. when I was a child, I loved to look for the new buds popping up between the pads of round leaves on Summer mornings. I would run to my mom when I found one (or sometimes two or three) to tell her the news. Waterlilies always make me think of her, so I knew I would make her a waterlily ring.
I used a decorative gallery wire to set the cabochon, and stamped a design around the underside of the bezel platform. I stamped the hammered band with my initials, and backed the cabochon with blue mulberry paper to give the clear ground of the cabochon a watery color.
I just mailed the ring off to my mom on Friday, and didn't tell her it was coming, so it will be a surprise. I know she will love it!
I have always loved making things with my hands. It has always amazed me that I am able to take an image in my mind and make it come into form. Like magic!
I will never have enough time to create all the wonderful things waiting to come to life from my imagination, but you can see a few of the lucky ones that actually get made here.
I hope they bring a bit of joy to your day!
Thanks for looking!