Ring 14 Spider Silk - 16th August 2012
Whilst deep cleaning the living room carpet I found some spider silk under a doormat by the patio doors. This reminded me of a recent visit to the V&A museum, where the golden spider silk was displayed. I wondered if I could use the silk for my final ring? As the discovered silk was white I thought that it would be best displayed against a bright colour or colours that represented the Summer. What better combination than the red, white and blue of the British flag that has been so prominent during the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics; but how to attach it? My first thought was to set it in resin, but how to make it into a ring?
Whilst on a shopping trip I bought a flower loom, the flowers of which reminded me of spiders’ webs and fireworks, so I decided to use some white nylon thread and left over red and navy embroidery silk to create a spider’s web/ firework effect which I attached to some Union flag ribbon that I had left over from the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Ring 13 Torch - 15th August 2012
We were lucky enough to see the Olympic Torch pass through our local town and knew one of the torch bearers, so we were able to see the Torch close up. It reminded me of the sequin waste that I had in my sewing cupboard, which gave me the inspiration for this ring.
Ring 12 Paper Dots - 14th August 2012
Whilst helping my husband file some documents I noticed that the hole punch needed emptying. Seeing the different coloured dots in the tray inspired me to make this ring.
Ring 11 Skittles - 13th August 2012
Following a recipe, Skittles were used to make Skittle vodka (really nice colours). Three Skittles were left over, so I decided to use these for ring 11.
Ring 10 Evian - 12th August 2012
As part of my birthday weekend I was treated to a spa day during which I drank some bottles of water. I used one of the bottles to make this ring, along with some crystals given to me by Jane, my sister-in-law. I felt that the crystals represented the clear crystal taste of the water.
Ring 9 Leggo - 11th August 2012
Our youngest daughter went to a themed fancy dress party where they had to choose a costume which started with the first letter of their name - she went as a Leggo brick as this was the most outlandish costume that she could think of! She made the costume from a cardboard box and bought some small leggo bricks from the Internet which she made into hairslides. I made this ring using one of the surplus bricks and a drinking straw from the party.
Ring 8 Willow - 10th August 2012
Another garden task - a ‘haircut’ for the willow. Lovely soft ends from the willow lent themselves to be woven using a Celtic knot design.
Ring 7 Three Photographs - 9th August 2012
The shells and crab were collected on a trip to Cromer beach and the jigsaw piece tea light holder was found in a Norfolk shop called ‘Big Blue Sky’. The strawberry daiquiri cupcakes were made by my eldest daughter. All of these items are delightful memories of my last birthday, which happened during the Summer.
Ring 6 Knotted Thread - 8th August 2012
I found my inspiration for this ring from our visit to the leather shop in Barcelona with the University of Lincoln. The sales assistant demonstrated some knotting techniques with leather cord. I wondered if I could adapt some of the techniques using nylon thread that I had in my sewing box?
Ring 5 Daisy Chain - 7th August 2012
Another day in the garden and just before it was time for my husband to cut the grass (his job because I suffer from hayfever) our younger daughter was taking a break from writing an assignment, and we decided to make some daisy chains which reminded us of our childhood. I made my daisy chain into Ring 5.