I don’t know if any of you people out there know Jason, but all I can say is if you do, don’t let him punch you. Ever.
Because if you do, not only will you probably ruin a perfectly awesome skull ring, but it will likely result in severe facial lacerations.
This EOD skull ring was designed based on the client’s tattoo. It was difficult for a number of reasons, primarily the fact that it is not a symmetrical ring. If you set it down, it will list to the side. The skull side has more mass. So how do we pull this off?
The skull has a flame theme along the side and the side with the bomb has a bunch of feathers.
The rear is texted with “EOD” and the client’s initials.
We’ve got bolts and bones forming a loose X, but this doesn’t make it a symmetrical piece. The trick is, it has to look good ON THE FINGER, not sitting on a table. Plus, it has to be at least a little comfortable to wear, so the shank has to have balance.
The result is a badass skull ring with a lot of mass. Not gonna be something you can wear to bed. Adding all this detail – there’s aways a chance you’ll lose the raw energy of a hand-carved piece. I think this ring keeps it. IT’s still just rough enough to keep that hand-carved Voodoo style that you’d expect, but all the information is in there and it’s readable.
Added to this, I’ve just finished Ron’s wedding bands.
And a good thing, too, because the wedding is coming up fast. These are exactly the kind of bands I like working on. Listen…it takes a lot for me to look at a band and think, “Damn, that’s as cool as a sculptural ring like a skull ring or a signet.” In this case, I think we’ve pulled it off.
First of all, they’re thick. Yes. This is the trick with bands. Nobody hires a sculptor to carve custom wedding bands with the intent of ending up with something thin, brittle, and looking like it was made out of a piece of gold or silver wire that was bent around into a circle and soldered shut. These babies are CARVED out of a block of wax as a single piece. No solder. It’s a sculpture, just as much as any skull ring would be.
I’ve kept the heart and cross theme from the couple’s engagement set. I’ve even let the cross element draw its contours into the top of the band so you can always tell where the heart is. After all, this couple knows they’ve found each other, right? We shouldn’t be SEARCHING for the heart.
Along the band I’ve carved some scrollwork set into a channel.
That’s a unique look, right? Hand carved engagement ring, hand carved wedding band…both designed per client’s specs and made to fit together. It’s a LOT of silver, so I don’t know how comfortable it will be to wear BOTH of these rings all the time day and night, but it’s definitely workable for regular wear.
Definitely a cool project.
Stay tuned for more. I’ve got some charms, a few new custom projects, and FINALLY that Zippo lighter coming up soon.