The lovely Shannon came to me with a project. To make a ring for her husband for his birthday. Those were my only instructions. Yay! I love projects where I get free creative design! It gives me the chance to really think about the person or the people. What's their aesthetic, their style, their relationship?
She snuck an old ring of his to me so that I could get his size and then, I asked her to give me a list of places where important life events happened. Where he was born, grew up, fell in love, got engaged or married. Those kinds of spots. The real juicy memorable ones. Once I researched them I chose the one that was not only visually interesting but was the most "them". Bow bridge in Central Park, NYC. The spot where they got engaged.
I chose to do a wax carving and have the piece cast so I could get all the curves right. Make sure that I could get all the details stand out. What was water and what was land. I wanted the scale to be close enough so they knew where it was but also to give the piece an interesting dimension. I like to make pieces that have extra meaning for their wearer. The average person would have no idea what they are looking at but for him, he gets to wear that reminder of such a special moment everyday.
So think for a moment and then tell me. What are the places that you'd like to commemorate? Where you were born, found your soul mate, knew what you wanted to be, where your first child was born? Think outside the box here because it could be anywhere and I can turn into anything! Keyring, cuff, pendant, earrings? Oh, that just made me think, what if you did a pair of earrings where one was where you were born and the other was where your partner was?