I’ve been very very busy working away at my final outcome. Had some real challenges with the construction of most of the pieces, which has meant I’ve pretty much spent every waking hour making jewellery (just as well I love it!) These are images of a stone getting set into a solid copper rod which will then be riveted between layers of flat bone which I plan to dye black. I chose to use copper as it is a metal which is mined in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and so is used in lots of the traditional jewellery. I chose a stone which was cobalt blue as cobalt is heavily mined in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. I used a solid rod of copper as I felt it would add a really nice weight to the piece which would make it go well with the other rings in the collection which are pretty big and to be cast in brass. I really like the design of this ring, I think it could look quite sophisticated if I can construct it well. I’m in the process of making the bone usable as I bought four beef shoulder blades which were huge and so I had to process and resize them all. I chose bone as I had bought some from a farmers market and liked the idea of using them for this project as it is a very tribal material to use.

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