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Gratitude

Merci beaucoup for all the lovely words on the last post The Risk to Bloom.  I am truly touched by everyone who stopped by.

I bow in gratitude.

I felt such a flow of energy when making Riesgo (Risk).  I am wondering if I will be able to make anything like it again.  It is not the final product that I want to create but the feeling of the moment while creating.  I very much would like that feeling to return.  Oh well...time to move on.  Ha!  

So what is stirring in the studio today?

A commissioned ring!

I said,  "I would NEVER do commissions" but what am I doing?  I am making a ring that I have been COMMISSIONED to make!  There is a reason why I was warned never to say never.

The mission was to make, in her own words, "an obnoxious ring!".  Hmm...define obnoxious: very annoying or objectionable.  Sure...I can manage that...I think.

And this is what I came up with...


The lines were made with my very own personal tool that I made in Jesse Bert's workshop.  I also used another tool that I made to texture the back of the edges of the leaves just a bit.


The flower is 1 1/2" in diameter!  It is a pretty big ring, not so obnoxious.

I like it!

Well that is it for now.

Here is hoping everyone has a fantabulous Friday night and weekend.

Namaste
Kalaya

Comments

  1. Merci Amber! Maybe I will keep it to rule the world (in my sinister voice). Ha!

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  2. THis really turned out great!!!

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    1. Merci beaucoup Stacie. My friend liked it very much! Yay!

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  3. Kalaya, your ring is absolutely beautiful! I love the details found in the bezel, the lines on the petals, and the way the petals turn up. I would be just so proud of this one that I'd find it hard to give up!

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