You know how sometimes you’re looking for one thing and find something else instead? l was looking for some old craft show pictures when I stumbled upon photos of some rings I made a few years ago. Yup, at some point, I tried my hand at making rings.
It all started with a big bag of old beads that I had bought at the Puces de St. Ouen (big antique market) in Paris. I had bought the bag without looking closely at all the contents because I had seen a few choice beads that I knew I wanted. I was then surprised when I got home to find a number of old cabochon beads. At that time, I hadn’t really had much experience working with cabochons, in fact, I had gone out of my way to avoid them. Most of the ones I got still had the metal bar, rusting and corroded, running through the hole which were impossible to take off. These I had to discard.
Here are a few that I was able to save…
Then it occurred to me that maybe I could try making rings with some of them. Now, at this point, I did not have any experience making any rings at all. I figured, how hard could it be. Well friends, making a ring presents its own special challenges. I easily lost three to four cabochons before finally coming up with two I was happy with it.
Here is the first one in tones of green…
I was quite proud of this one as I used two cabochons to come up with this flower design.
Then I also made this more ambitious ring which is being tried on by the lady who did buy it in the end.
I’m happy to report that both rings sold right away and I barely had time to take a few photos of them before they were off to their new homes. One of these days, I might try making another one just to see if I still can!