One of my first rings I carved ever (oh so long ago) was a mermaid ring with two mermaids up each side, very art nouveau (in fact, I think I used a photo of an old art nouveau lamp as inspiration for one of my girls). It turned out kind of great, even though the anatomy was a little, well, off, let’s just say, and the stone I chose, while sentimental, wasn’t exactly a show-stopper. I still have that ring. Why I didn’t carve figures for so long, I don’t know why, because while very challenging, tiny figures in gold are just so damned cool!
This new one is in 18K with a little 5 point blue diamond; she’s around 8mm wide. Now I’ve got three more rings in the works with tiny figures on them and I cannot wait. There’s no stopping now!
Lots more photos after the click!
The shell started as something like a whelk, but this was looking a little weird so I changed it up to a more stylized nautilus. Once I was kayaking in the Sea of Cortez and actually found a teensy little octopus-like thing living inside a gorgeous little semi-translucent shell. It was an amazing little animal (I looked it up later: paper nautilus) and I had him in mind when I carved my shell.
I found the photo! Is this not the cutest little guy? I bet I looked some sort of hellish monster from his perspective. I popped him back in the water shortly after this photo and he scooted away.
Faces are so hard! Also, getting the neck length right (at least I always seem to need a couple of tries to get things looking proper). It does not take much to totally lop off a nose, or give the face a funky hollow that suddenly turns your lovely lady into something ghoulish. Ah the impermanence of life, the fleeting nature, etc.
Apparently photographing tiny gold torsos is also hard. This is the least bad shot I got and you still see a huge black splotch (that’s me and my camera, by the way. Like a little self portrait amongst the breasts).
I’m rather proud of her little hand. Thank you.
I had fun carving her swooshy feathery tail.
I should dig out my original mermaid ring and check it out. I hope it’s not as bad as I’m thinking it is. Maybe I’ll do a historical evolution post here, as I still have the first handful of rings I ever carved back in the day. I was ambitious, but also very unskilled, so it might be a little embarrassing. Any interest?