My Mother's New Ring

Some of the pieces I complete are custom and therefor silly to post in my shop, BUT I am more than willing to show you what else I make!


This ring I made a short while ago for my mom, who had to sell her wedding ring under unfortunate circumstances, is made from recycled diamonds, 18kt gold and sterling silver from

some of her jewelry that has been collecting dust in her closet for years. She found a picture online of a ring made by David Chkheidze and wanted something similar for her new ring. I

decided to challenge myself and attempt a recreation of the ring for her. I was able to fabricate the ring from the materials she was able to provide (some gold jewelry given to her from

her mother, a tennis bracelet and some recycled silver jewelry).


She wears it almost everyday now and loves it!

David Chkheidze's Original Ring Design

David Chkheidze's Original Ring Design

My Mother's New Ring - Recreation of David's Original Ring Design.

My Mother's New Ring - Recreation of David's Original Ring Design.


Inspiration Excursion

It was recently suggested that I write the word "JOYFUL" on a piece of paper and hang it up in my studio where I could see it as I work (I should probably do it now...). The reason

for this is to remind me that whatever I make at my bench should be joyful, either in it's process or in its end. It should bring me joy to make it, or work on it. Otherwise whats the point

of making it anyway?


I need to create the things that make me excited to work. And those ideas often don't come to me as I'm sitting at my workbench. They come from the experiences I have outside my

studio. Often these involve other people; someone to bounce an idea off of, or someone who will just let me verbally mind-map something. It seems that without

these moments outside the studio, no work would be done in it; at least no new work.


Recently, an expedition to Castle Fun Park, a giant toy store and a game shop was a much needed "Inspiration Excursion". Although it wasn't intended to be, mini-golf and a game of

bowling got me out of my usual habits (sleeping in far too late and starting work in the studio on stale ideas). These games got me doing something physically different

than my usual torch-lighting and metal-bashing. It got my mind thinking differently, too, in a good way. Surrounded by plastic sharks and fake putting greens, I played my game of

underwater golf quite well, scoring a hole-in-one. Impressed with my new skill, I tried for the free game at the 18th hole; the one where you have to putt the golf ball into the little pipe

surrounded by styrofoam fish that look like they've seen better days. Well I missed.


Next up was bowling. Now I'm not that good at bowling, but I can definitely roll a tiny ball down a lane really hard and hit some pins, making them fly all over the place.

Im honestly surprised I didn't break a some... In this game I got a few strikes and I got pretty confident in my bowling skills. Then I tried to get strikes for the remaining 6 turns. I didn't

get any more.


After a few more games, it was food time; sushi of course, and it was this in-between moment that ideas started to form. It felt like the downtime between the activities of the day

allowed for free space to formulate new inspiration for myself. Had it not been for the "Ocean" or the throw-the-ball-as-hard-as-you-can-down-the-lane game, these little beautiful

baby ideas may not have formed. And it took these once-in-a-while activities to get me out of my normal actions and thinking; got me

thinking joyous thoughts about new things to make.



This is the Beginning...


Let me first say this before you read any further; no, I do not have hauntingly alluring blue eyes. But the meaning behind this blog is not about my outward appearance, but about my

views of the world and all of its beauty, inspiration and humour. This is the start of a journey; a journey of discovery, knowledge, creativity and creation. I want to explore the world of

inspiration and ideas, learn from the objects that I admire and discover new ideas from the people who created them and, in turn, be inspired by my own work and allow myself passage

through my self-labeled failures and iterations to reach points of solace.


Sapphire is the symbol of power and strength, kindness and wise judgement. It is the stone of wisdom and a royal stone of learning. It allows one to embrace order, structure and

self-discipline and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas. I thought that the stones meaning embodies exactly what I want this blog to be about; looking at the world

to learn, create, become more self-disciplined and manifest my crazy ideas.


So on that note, lets skip down this path and marvel at things together