The Clasped Ring evolved because of a simple need to get a ring on and have it fit comfortably despite enlarged knuckles from arthritis.
For this tutorial I walk you through the construction of a fancy delicate clasped ring that is lacy and delicate looking, but surprising durable. At the end of the tutorial, I include all my favorite links for tools (with photos), materials, and suggestions for alternate sources. There is also a ring size chart to help you create your perfect ring.
This is a single project tutorial - if you would like all three Clasped Rings at a 50% savings, please see 3 Clasped Rings http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/jewelry/ring/new-3-clasped-rings-tutorial/37305
This is a high level intermediate to advanced tutorial - It assumes you have a very good grasp of basic wire handling skills and terminology. I define basic wire handling skills as cleaning and straightening wire; good control of square wire and flat nose pliers; completing a basic binding wrap; and creating loops and hooks. If you feel you need to build your wire wrapping skills before tackling these rings, please see my Back to the Beginning Bracelet tutorial http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/jewelry/bracelet/back-tothe-beginning---beginner-bracelet/20367 written for the beginning wire artist from square one!
There is 17 pages with 65 full color detailed photographs and 41 steps for both the visual and instructional learner.
What inspires me??? Hmmm..... Everything!!..... I'm not being cheeky, everything seems to inspire me - most days' designs and ideas pop into my head, and I'm not fully aware of what triggered them. I keep notepads everywhere, and have even had to pull my car out of traffic, to jot down design ideas before they evaporate. Though after cutting off a Sheriff last year, I am more careful to look ...
What inspires me??? Hmmm..... Everything!!..... I'm not being cheeky, everything seems to inspire me - most days' designs and ideas pop into my head, and I'm not fully aware of what triggered them. I keep notepads everywhere, and have even had to pull my car out of traffic, to jot down design ideas before they evaporate. Though after cutting off a Sheriff last year, I am more careful to look before I zip out of traffic. I was so intent on jotting down my thoughts, I didn't realize I was holding up a "wait a minute finger" to a cop, until he tapped on the window a second time. I will admit the look on his face; after I babbled for 5 minutes to explain myself, was priceless. Thinking of him walking away, muttering and shaking his head, still makes me smile.
I have always had a love of creating in one form or another--I'd kill for the telephone wire pieces I made back when I was 10 or 12yrs old!!! Since then I have tried silk screen printing (had a 'real job' at that for 2 yrs); furniture making, leather work, whip braiding, pottery on a wheel, wood carving, stamp carving, and finally landing on wire jewelry. I had been 'playing' around with beads in my spare time for many, many years. A dear friend introduced me to wirework in 1988 after a car accident ended my career as a graphic artist. I fell head over heels in love with wire, and though I play with other jewelry mediums from time to time, I always come back to wire.
My favorite quote, from Chuck Palahniuk - "The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will"; isn't just a catchy tagline either. I want what I make to last a lifetime, and I want to teach people to do the same. I always work with that in the back of my mind.
Sometimes I miss the normal perks that come with a 'regular job' - you know - vacations, sick days, dental - but only sometimes. When I start to miss them, I just remind myself of the really great perks I do have - like making my own hours, playing with pretty shiny things all day, and working in my jammies if I want too :D
~~~We all die. "The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." ~Chuck Palahniuk