For the challenge Make A Ring A Month 2019 I made a Roulette Ring for the month of July. The theme for that month was movement. This playful ring is a fun twist on the familiar ring spinner, which can let you rotate one or several balls into the ring box. Think of metal balls (brass for example), pearls, gemstone beads, etc. It is possible to combine and/or exchange the balls. The center of the ring is closed with a strong magnet closure.
Hennie has been an Art Clay Silver instructor for quite some time and I know her as a great colleague. She designs her jewelry entirely according to her own style and that is exactly what characterizes her. This is not only noticed in the Netherlands. A few of her pieces have recently been exhibited in Milan!
Anyway, I can tell a lot more, but Hennie was our hostess for today. Furthermore were present:
- Renske Dussel of “Renske Art” in Terherne
- Edith van Leeuwen of “ArtiChic” in Hillegom
- Margit Borst-Topper of “Zilver en Zo” in Dieverbrug
- Thea Tuinstra from Lemmer
- Marga Stam
- Pietie Oosterdijk
- Domina Liezenga
- Marietje Klunder and
- Reina Visser
We start around 9:30 am and as usual I ask everyone to read the work description and let me know if it is sufficiently clear overall. We then start by setting up a basic ring. They are all colleagues and/or students who regularly work with silver clay. A demo is therefore not really necessary. Explanation about the sequence to get a perfect working result is not enough for most people, so I opt for hands on the job.
We go down at noon. There is a cozy lunch table ready. Delicious freshly made curry soup, pasta salad, baguette and tasty fruit juices. Yes, Hennie takes good care of her student club.
Work continues after lunch. And all rings are fired around 17.00. Polishing and finishing completely takes unfortunately too much time and will therefore no longer succeed. Frankly, I did not expect this either. I had already asked if an extension was possible, but everyone is tired of working hard and is going home. Fortunately, they are all sufficiently familiar with the material and know how to treat the ring to get a good result.
I thank Hennie for her lovely hospitality. We see each other again in December, then we have a clay date. Tonight I will be driving to Renske. In Terherne we have a bite to eat together at "'t Far" and have a nice chat. In the past 2 years we have seen each other very little, agreements and work take up the necessary free time.
Hennie, thanks for the good organization and the kind hospitality.
All good fun with your "Roulette Ring"!