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Pupnatska Luka – Ring a Week continues….

It’s been such a long time since I posted, I almost forgot how to do it, and I am so late with my Ring a Week submissions.
I made these rings a while back in May, when I was thinking about summer and getting away, and all the beautiful beaches where I’ve collected pebbles.

Pupnatska Luka beach is on the island of Korcula in Croatia. It’s in the middle of nowhere really, with beautiful hills all around it.

I collected a bunch of pebbles there, quite different from the flat ones that I usually go for (there weren’t any flat ones either!)
Since I was so behind with my rings, I had to devise a little plan…

RAW52.17: I wanted the ring to look like you just put your hand in the water and some pebbles got stuck on it.


I just love the simplicity. So I decided to make more.

RAW52.18: Here’s a slightly different shape. Still works for me.

And here is a back view where you can see how they are made. I drill a hole in each pebble, then make a “seat” for each one and solder a post in the middle of it. The shank is 1.6mm round Sterling silver. After polishing, I secure the pebbles with epoxy. That’s it.

RAW52.19: Here is another version. I really like the contrast between the light and dark pebbles.

It’s quite lovely when on the hand…

RAW52.20: I also wanted to somehow convey the water, so naturally I went with Turquoise.

I used a bead instead of a cabochon – I didn’t want it to look perfect. Still the same construction, but this time I riveted the stone.

I can keep going on forever! I love making these rings, easy, and each one is different. Plus we have the added bonus of combining them.

RAW52.21: VoilĂ , instant ring!

All you have to do is wear them together.

and…

RAW52.22: Yes, I’m going there!

I really like this one!

Of course, none of these rings would have happened if it weren’t for Ivana and Erika. Hvala my friends!

RAW52.4 (or not as easy as I thought)

This week I had to make quite a few Pebble pendants and decided the RAW will be a pebble ring as well. I was using Venice beach pebbles which are dark charcoal in color, almost black, and are very easy to drill. They are also the flattest I can find on any beach. I don’t know what the actual rock is and I suppose I should try to find out. I was very excited about the design, so excited that I didn’t sketch or even think about it. I was going to just wing it…

Ring a Week #4
Normally, my pebble pendants are just riveted in the back. For this ring, I decided to make a traditional bezel construction with the rivets on the back of the bezel plate. Since I didn’t really think about how to make the ring, I mis-placed the rivet holes. They ended up being too close to the ring shank, and it took me hours to properly rivet them.

Ring a Week #4In the end though, I think it’s a very successful ring. It feels great and looks very cool. I love the shiny smooth silver against the dark matte of the stone. As usual, Selma is modeling the ring.

Ring a Week #4She is starting to complain about how I have her sit there and do it. Maybe next time I’ll make a ring for her…

Ring a Week #4Later this week, I’ll try to post pictures of the pendants I made. They look AWESOME!

 

New Pebble Pendants

Here are a few of my pebble pendants. I’ve collected pebbles for years, from every beach I’ve visited, all over the world. I mostly look for the flattest ones I can find.

 

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