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This week's winner is Marlene! Congratulations! You have won a beautiful leaf from Shannon! Send Shannon an email with your address and she will get it right out to you.
This week we visit the studio of Lynn Davis, who is having fun with button reproductions and ring blanks.
I found a new way to use my hand cast pewter button reproductions, and they are lots of fun!
These buttons were loaned to me, the originals are antiques that were found after the floods in Galveston, and I took castings from them to reproduce them. I wanted to make something fun and wearable with them, they remind me of little sculptures.
I found adjustable sized ring blanks, and used them to turn the pewter castings into rings! Even the large buttons look great this way. I can see using any kind of art bead or handmade ornament, and creating a fun wearable ring out of it this way. I used a two-part epoxy to put the two pieces together, after wedging the ring part into clay to hold it steady and level.
If you'd like to win one of my handmade rings with an adjustable metal ring back, answer this question by commenting on this post:
"What would you like to make into a ring with a ring blank? Do you have a special lampwork bead, ceramic button, cabochon or other beautiful handmade item that you haven't figured out how to use, and would love to wear on your finger? Do tell, and share the ideas!"
Posted by Lynn Davis, who loves jewelry and would wear a ring on every finger if she could!