The ring I have made today is part of my Inspired by Heritage series of pieces. It relates to all the early sketches I did of birds and feathers and the way in which bird motifs are used in all kinds of other objects. I have also been thinking about the way in which birds feature in artefacts from cultures all over the world.
Based on the pattern I used yesterday. This is cut from a sheet of faux bone, filed, sanded and hand engraved (I knew I would find a use for those gravers one day). It is then dyed using alcohol inks and sanded back and polished. There is a bit more variation in colour on the feather than appears in my photograph and because the faux bone is very lightweight it is quite comfortable to wear.
I have a huge debt of gratitude to Robert Dancik, the artist and teacher who developed faux bone for use in this way. He is an inspirational teacher and if you get a chance to attend any of his classes then jump at it! He is due to teach a class at West Dean from 15th to 19th February called ‘A bead like no other’ and also runs workshops at the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery from time to time.