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One Ring To Rule Them All

No, I didn't forge this ring in Mt. Doom.  It was made at Studio Turquesa.  A much happier place.
I enjoy making rings out of half round silver wire.  I find it easier than sawing a piece of silver.  But the one thing I have trouble with the most is SIZING!  Getting the size right is a difficult thing for me but I'm getting better at it.  This ring was commissioned and is exactly 10 1/2 (the second time around).  I'm glad she was patient.  Thanks Marlene! 
While I was soldering I kept the torch at one place way too long and behold Reticulation (basically overheating to give the piece a textured surface).  So I went ahead and reticulated the entire piece.  Sometimes a piece directs you instead of you directing it.  A lesson to remind me that I'm not in control.  Gotta love it!  

KO Thread
I just received my order of KO Thread from Bello Mondo.  I don't know what those strips are in the picture.  I'm guessing it's some sort of thread sample.  Anyway I've been using Wildfire for my leather wrap bracelets and thought I'd give this thread a try.

Here is a two wrap leather bracelet made with Lapis Lazuli and a custom silver clasp made by moi.  I like the KO thread.  It's nylon and didn't knot up.  KO also has a variety of colors unlike Wildfire thread so I think I'm going to stick with this thread for now.
Lapis mystical powers are believed to enhance psychic awareness by calming the conscious mind.  This bracelet already has a home and it's not with me but I could use some psychic awareness.

There you have it on this Mardi Gras day.  

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!



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