I've been wanting to make a banana split ring for almost two years, longer than I've been working with metal clay at all. (I have a thing for sweets beads, you may recall - I can't explain it. They just make me happy.) Here's my first try - I don't know why it took me so long.
My first ring-making efforts back in the summer of 2007 resulted in a (somewhat unstable) lampworked sundae ring:
Back then, I'd only been making jewelry for a couple months. I didn't know the right adhesive to use and the ring design itself was not structurally sound. But it was definitely a learning experience. From this ring, I went on to various attempts to make a lampworked banana split bead, like this:
but I just never got around to making that banana split ring. Really, there are probably a few things I would change with this ring design the next time, which I may do. Eventually. Still, I think I can live with it for a first effort. It also makes me happy thinking about eating ice cream in WARMER WEATHER. I still eat ice cream in the middle of winter (read my profile), but it's much more enjoyable to tackle a mouth-watering banana split in the summer, to my mind, at least.
In the meantime, back in reality, we're bracing for more snow here this afternoon. Sigh.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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