June’s #RingAMonth challenge was travel
Now, those of you who know me, know that I’m not a big traveller – but I am a bit of a sci-fi geek. My first thought was Time Travel, rapidly followed by Space Travel, and then of course The Doctor…
However I wanted something more subtle so I went with Stargate. I loved the Stargate TV series, particularly the more comedic episodes of the original SG1 series, so this ring is my homage to Teal’c and the gang.
My favourite episode is this one which combines time travel, planetary travel and humour:
This is a ring that I made from the scrap that I had smelted into sheet, so it does double duty, counting as a #Scraphappy post as well as a #RingAMonth post (although it is a little late!)
It’s also the first piece I’ve photographed with my new DSLR camera. For anyone who doesn’t spend half their life trying to photograph shinies, I can’t tell you just how challenging a piece like this is to take pictures of! Sooo much reflection. I could, of course, edit them all out, but I always feel that’s a bit cheaty.
So. Here’s how I made the ring.
I used Uncle Chris’s architect’s compass set that I inherited in 1987 to draw a circle the size I wanted to create a washer shape. Stuck that onto my sheet of super-recycled-silver, making sure to utilise the piece that has the hole in it (it was a very overcast day – usually I can hold this sort of thing to a window, but that day I had to resort to the spots in the bathroom) and then used my piercing saw to saw the outer ring. Most Stargates (it’s real, practically a documentary, don’tcha know!) have chevrons to set in combination to select the destination planet, but some only have one Stargate with which they are paired, and these don’t have any chevrons. That’s what I’ve chosen to reflect here
I used the other part of the wonky end of the silver sheet, and my largest hammer to create a beaten effect which I then domed in my doming block for the dishing shape, to reflect the liquidity of the wormhole that’s created once the connection has been made and the two gates are locked together, enabling travel between two worlds
I used my riveting hammer to texture the outer ring, as stargates are all made from stone, and filed and sanded the edges smooth and closer to round both before and after the hammering.
These two pieces were then sweat soldered together, the excess sawn off (this will go into the ‘contaminated’ scrap pot as there will probably be a little solder on the excess) more filing and sanding, before I used another bit of scrap wire left from the #HookerRing trials to form the band, which has also been textured to echo the outer ring.
Finally, I filed a divot over the solder join, to match the curve of the back of the mini stargate and soldered the two pieces together, off-centre for more stacking wearability.
Then tumbled and polished and voila! my homage to Stargate SG1, Atlantis and Universe. I miss those shows.
This ring is available on my website should you want to see more details or photos. I love it, I think I might have to make some pendants too.