raw kinetic ring challenge

Here they are! The twenty-two fabulous rings made for the Ring a Week kinetic challenge. I hope I didn’t miss anyone. Many made videos of their rings in action, I’ve linked to those on flickr.

Michele Grady
Rattle Ring
sterling silver, glass, acrylic

Michele wrote, “Since the glass stones are not set in a setting they are free to move around inside the ring…hence the kinetic part. It also makes a great rattling sound when you shake it!” The video is here.
Kest Schwartzman (Vagabond Jewelry)
Guillotine, or, The Divorce
Carole Zakkour
3D Zoetrope Ring
The video is here.

Erga – Metal Design
Kinetic Bead Maze Ring
view Erga’s video

Amy Nicole Artisan Jewelry
Carnival Pinwheel
view the video

Mary Lu Wason
Ship’s Log Pirate Ring
copper, brass, silver, Kyanite, feather, cork, paper, leather

“All the captain needs, in a portable, battery free, finger top model. Features – swivel desk for any orientation (suggested use on non-dominant hand). Attached inkwell. Attached, replaceable quill. Leather bound log book with decorated endpapers. Genuine blue Kyanite stone. Engraved ‘Ship’s Log’ and ‘Respect the Sea’.”

Wayne Henderson (StrikesWhileHot)
Calder Ring
“An homage to Alexander Calder a pioneer in kinetic art.”

The minute I found this little chair at a second hand shop I knew what I wanted to do with it. I even knew I wanted it to rock so when Tomi named the kinetic challenge I was so excited and a little nervous because I didn’t know how I was going to do it. I thought about it for weeks and then the day before yesterday after I’d cut out the base and soldered the 3x1mm wire around it, the rest of the mechanism came to me. I was still nervous though and tried to use hard solder for the base and it just wouldn’t work for me so I went to medium and for the shank, half jump rings and the 18 gauge wire I attached to the sides, I used easy, crossing my fingers that it wouldn’t fall apart. It was definitely a challenge!” Catherine’s video is here.

Evelyn Markasky
Copper pierced kinetic ring.
Check out the video here.

Laura M (Zoewyn)

Laura wrote, “The coil limits the movement, and also helps a bit getting all three beads to move since one sort of pushes the rest. But they also just flop around.”

Prayer Wheel

“For the kinetic challenge this week, I have fabricated a mini Prayer Wheel. Except for the chain, this piece is made entirely out of antique cuckoo clock parts. ‘Handle’ is drill press lathed by hand and pressure fitted into the ring shank so it is removable. There is indeed a tiny prayer etched on copper inside the wheel. ***om mani padme hum****” The video is here.

Stacey Johnson (stayseas2001)

Stacey says, “The top cage spins around. Band is PMC and sterling insert, cage is sterling and brass with a lampworked bead and pearl inside. The top rotates on brass tubing which is fitted on a long sterling wire attached to the band.”
No Nuke Ring
the video is here

tinkertown pics
Dichroic Kinetic Mosaic

sterling silver, recycled gold, dichroic glass cabochon
Check out the video.

Aleksandra Micic (micicart)

Aleksandra wrote, “Just before the challenge was announced I watched with kids Bruce Blitz episode where he has a wheel with parts of faces on different size wheels and then he spins them…. where they stop you have to draw those parts…. so, it automatically came to my mind to make such ring…. not a high quality piece, but it works :)) and is lots of fun to play with kids….. I used cardboard from biscuit box, wire, paper masking tape, plastic part from the top of a pen, and a metal part I found in a drawer that was suitable for this ring…..” The video for this ring is here.

Rebecca Bogan (AdobeSol)
Sterling silver, watch parts.
All parts spin and move up and down on the stem.
Lorena Angulo
Lorena’s video is here.
Rae the Smithy
Spinning Planetary Nebulae

Rae wrote, “I was inspired a while back by the beautiful Hubble images I saw while visiting the Griffith Observatory. I loved the way the light refracted in a web like manner while simultaneously creating a geometric shape. It was also made as a memorial to Hubble which is sadly being retired.” You can see her video here.

Aja Engel
Agate Geode In Basket Setting w/ Kinetic Tension Band
The video is here.

Joan Furilla

Joan says, “This fine silver ring is for the kinetic challenge this week. The bead and the star motif beneath it both spin. The idea for this ring evolved into a moon lander levitating over a cratered base. I was actually going for a more dark grey patina but when these really wild blues and hot pinks popped I stopped it! Too pretty to lose.”

My Ring
sterling silver, 14k gold, quartz
The video is at the end of my blog post.

What a great challenge! We will be making rings for Japan next and many will be sold as fundraisers, the deadline is May 1st.

16 thoughts on “raw kinetic ring challenge

  1. Wow!!!!~! Tomi, Great job compiling all of these fabulous rings.This was a VERY fun challenge and I look forward to the next one!… and many more to come.

  2. Wow – what fabulous rings – they're all just so amazing!!! Clever, clever people and all so creative!!! And typical me – I missed it 🙁 But what an odd coincidence that I bought a mini-wind-mill today as inspiration for some kind of jewellery, some time. How I wish I was in sync with the rest of the world :-)Dolly Allsorts aka Helen Derici

  3. Love them all! Happy to be part of this bold and venturous bunch! You are all stars! Tomi, you deserve a medal!

  4. Tomi, thanks for the opportunity to be challenged and sweating a bit here. I enjoy seeing everyone's rings in this awesome collection here.

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