Rings and Sizing
Making glass rings is an immediate and organic process, as each ring is sculpted directly in the flame. The result is that every ring is unique and complete once torched, and an existing ring can't be adapted for size or detailing.
My steel rods come in a specific set of diameter sizes and are dipped in a paste called bead-release to prevent the glass fusing. As this adds a couple of millimeters to the diameter, sizing is not as precise or predictable as with metal.
I can suggest a smaller 'stacking' glass ring is useful to hold a looser ring in place, or for finger shrinkage in chilly weather! When removing a ring, always twist, don't pull.
My ring diameters (give or take a couple of mm for bead-release) are 15, 16, 17, 17.5, 18, 18.5, 19, 20, 21, & 22mm.
Working with glass is a synthesis of powerful elements: colour, light, fire and a medium that moves rapidly between liquid and solid states.
The glass and the processes I use are of a quality chosen to extend the lifespan and beauty of my work. I kiln anneal and hand clean all my glass. Annealing soaks the glass at 960 degrees then cools it gradually over ten hours, to reduce the chance of stress fractures and strengthen the glass.
Where do you get your ideas?
As an artist and designer-maker I'm engaged in approaching the universal through the particular. All work and ideas are my own, I assemble all my own work and I do not copy or mass produce.
I've always created: kept sketchbooks, painted and drawn. I have travelled widely, frequent museums and galleries and live in an inspiring part of coastal, rural England. Training for and working as a teacher taught me more about how to learn, and inspiration is everywhere.