What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Each month we can hardly wait to peek into your studios, see images of your works-in-progress, and hear about the evolution of your work. And each month we also feature the work of a random winner – who, in addition to getting a moment in the spotlight, wins a $10 Rio credit!. A great big THANK YOU to all who entered this month, we enjoyed seeing and hearing about your work!
This month's winner, Cuong Abel Sy, is a senior at Rhode Island College majoring in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Photos and an interesting account of Cuong's process follows. Take a look:
Hello! My name is Cuong Abel Sy, It’s summer so I’ve had to motivate myself in order to keep up with the skill sets I’ve learned thus far. I have a jewelry blog in which I discuss my current projects including progression shots and personal commentary on pieces I’ve made, my blog can be found here: http://cuongsy.wordpress.com/
I am currently working on a bunch of different projects. That’s just how I roll, I tend to start one project, put it down, start another, put that down, and start another. I typically eventually finish all my projects. I find working in this manner keeps me from getting bored and making mistakes out of pure boredom. Plus I enjoy multitasking, it makes me feel more machine than man.
The project I’d like to discuss is a potential series of tube bent rings which incorporate some sort of irregular stone setting. I’ve found stone setting is one of the skills I’ve yet to become competent at, so I figure I might as well get used to it by doing it. The first ring I completed includes two different sized tubes bent and soldered, covering the join with a jump ring. I set a 4mm CZ upside down inside a flared tube. The other end of the ring has a set 2mm yellow sapphire. The ring has been drilled with various sized drills in random locations and around the base of the set stones to give the stones a bit more light. I also started a second tube bent ring with a similar premise. Thanks for your time!
Thank you and congratulations, Cuong!
Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on! Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!
We need the following information in order for your entry to be considered:
- Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like)
- A photo of your chosen project. Include two or three photos if you like!
- A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
- After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!
Enter and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. We'll announce our next winner in late July! Andy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!Comment on this article
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