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« on: August 06, 2006 10:37:41 AM »

I am taking a metals class this summer, and I am always trying to come up with ways of combining craft with fine art, so when I saw this challenge I thought that it would be a perfect opportunity to test my creative skills.  After all my trials and errors, I finally ended up with this set of four rings.  





 These rings were made by crocheting tiny nylon cord into strips, as you can see in the third picture, and then dipping them in wax.  Next, I invested the strips of crocheted nylon string into investment (which is very similar to plaster of Paris).  After the investment dries, you put it into a kiln for 3 hours at 1350 degrees Fahrenheit.  When the time is up, I melted my sterling silver, and then cast the metal into the investment where the nylon string had burnt out.  When that is done, I dissolved the investment in water, and sawed the metal into usable pieces to assemble into the rings.  When I was done assembling the rings, I placed them in Liver of sulfur to turn them black.  The finishing step was to buff away the liver of sulfur on the raised areas so that you could clearly see the definition of the crocheted stitches.  If you have any questions let me know!
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2006 11:04:19 AM »

omg those are beautiful!
too bad i dont have a kiln =[
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2006 11:50:47 AM »

Incredibly amazing! They make you look like a GENIUS!
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2006 11:53:48 AM »

very well done  Shocked
you could definitely go into business with these!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2006 11:54:11 AM »

Those are amazing, I bet you could make a small fortume selling those.
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2006 11:54:52 AM »

mmmm I love investment casting!! I wish I'd thought of nylon when we did our investment casting labs last semester.
great job!  The rings look great!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2006 07:48:03 PM »

mmmm I love investment casting!! I wish I'd thought of nylon when we did our investment casting labs last semester.

I tried crocheting with everything that I could think of, but everything else besides the nylon would always have little wisps of stray threads, or it would lose its texture when I dipped it in the wax.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2006 07:51:44 PM »

Absolutely exquisite!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2006 07:56:48 PM »

wowie zowie - those are incredible!!

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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2006 08:16:51 PM »

omg! those are amazing!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2006 11:14:03 PM »

These are absolutely beautiful -- nice job combining two crafts into one! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2006 01:39:33 AM »

You make it sound so easy, but I'm sure it's a lot of work.  Those turned out AMAZING. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2006 05:25:11 AM »

Man those are cool. 

We should do a personal swap for them Smiley

Just kidding, I know how much work you put into them.

And, they are RAD.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2006 07:54:24 AM »

All props to you!  I love crochet and I love silver!
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2006 10:58:51 AM »

Those are very beautiful and innovative.  Please post in the Trinkets & Jewelry forum more often!
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2006 06:41:10 PM »

THOSE ARE AMAZING!

where are you taking metal jewelry classes?  i left the college i was at a semester or two before the decided to start a metal jewelry class Angry
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2006 07:31:06 PM »

I love those. Truly, I would buy something like that from you. Seriously. Really really. I very rarely see jewelry I like, especially rings. I really like those rings. Really really. How much would you charge for a ring of that style?
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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2006 07:46:17 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2006 09:12:25 AM »

Very cool!  What a super idea. I would love to own one - plus I'd buy one for my friend too.
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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2006 07:41:53 PM »

aaah!!! you could soooo sell those!!! i am in love!!!  Kiss
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« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2006 08:47:52 PM »

those are sooooo cool....i took 3d design in high school, which was a metal-working class....and i'm familiar with the investment, burn out the wax, then cast metal method....but to add the crocheting?? wow i'm impressed!!! so creative!!!
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« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2006 11:08:36 PM »

I hope the designer of the rings doesn't mind me mentioning that there are places that specialize in metal casting and will cast in metal things you sculpt out of wax or other medium that would melt in a kiln, like the nylon cord covered in wax. Sometimes it can be pricey but it's worth it for custom metal jewelry without having to own a kiln, centrifuge or know how to cast.  Wink
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« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2006 08:18:15 PM »

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AMAZING!  Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em.  I've seen fine jewelers do stuff like that.  Still astounds!
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« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2006 09:17:57 PM »

I'm in a Metalworking class right now, and these are really cool.  I wanted to play around with crocheting metal wire, but this is cool too!!
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