Sunday, October 31, 2010

Colleen Baran's RAD Favourites- Halloween

#279 by Amuck design,

Happy Halloween!

As well as the series of interviews we will be doing a series of RAD Favourites. From the exhibition organisers (like me) and from RAD participants. In a pool of nearly 15,000 photos I'm excited to see what gems other Ring-a-Day-ers have found!

A few favourites from the past year that made me think of Halloween: skulls, bats, fangs, faux injuries and impaled sharp things.

(Above) Ring a Day 288/365, sterling silver & sandcast voodoo doll (see also Ring a Day 286/365)
(below) Rings 296 and 297 worn together by Rubygirl
sterling silver, sandcast plastic skeleton bones

(above) rad 39 ~z-z-zombie skully! by Experimetal
(below) rad 40 "bobbsey twins" two finger ring by Experimetal

(above) Day 303 'Hell's Angels vs Alexander McQueen' by
(below) RAD 220/365 by Nina Gibson

R A D #11 "Fangtasia" by Kathryn Riechert Made from fork tines.

RAD #37 "OUCH!!!!!!!!!" by Kathryn Riechert (below) RAD #25/365 by Nina Gibson

Ring a Day 159/365 by Rubygirl

More Halloween rings in the public RAD pool!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Evelyn Markasky is the Winner

Above is a photo of my 9-year old helper.
She picked the winner and supplied the straw hat for the drawing.

We are pleased to announce that Evelyn Markasky is the winner of the "500 Wedding Rings" book graciously donated to Etsymetal's Ring a Day by Lark Publishing Company. Thanks to everyone who entered to win by signing up on our Ring a Day Blog.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Deadline to Submit in 3 days!

Here's a quick reminder to all who have participated in the Ring a Day project. The deadline to submit your rings for the SNAG exhibition at PUNCH gallery is Monday, October 25th at midnight PST. To be eligible to submit to the exhibition, you had to have posted a ring to the Flickr Ring a Day group pool prior to October 1, 2010.

It doesn't matter if you only posted one ring or 280 rings. We would like to show the scope of the project to include both the hardcore ring makers who have tirelessly kept on making rings and those who tried it for a few days; professional metalsmiths and novices; traditional and conceptual artists; teachers and students. This project belongs to all of us and in some small way, we have all journeyed along together.

Request an official Ring a Day submission form from

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just 3 days left to win a copy of 500 Wedding Rings!

Just 3 days left to win a copy of 500 Wedding Rings!

All you have to do is subscribe to this blog to be entered for the drawing on October 15. The winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Charm Necklace from EtsyMetal WOA challenge

Charm Necklace from EtsyMetal Work of Art (WOA) challenge.

EtsyMetal makers have graciously offered to donate the proceeds of the sale of the EtsyMetal WOA Charm Necklace towards the RAD exhibition in Seattle.

As well as being lovely and supporting a good cause, it's a fabulous deal. Priced at $280 it's retail cost would be $380!

The artists below are the ones who've made this lovely necklace. Thank you all for your kind donation!

Read about the WOA Challenge and more about the necklace on Etsy.

Kathryn Cole- Sterling Silver, Oxidized

Inbar Bareket - Sterling Silver, Peridot, Etched
Also, EtsyMetal Team tag: Sterling Silver, Etched

Stacey Hansen - Wildflower Designs- Sterling Silver, Mexican Lace Agate

Amanda Conley – BijouGirl "Charmed, I'm sure"
Sterling Silver, 14 karat Gold

Andrea Ring – AmuckDesign Sterling Silver, recycled Stop Sign

Kira Ferrer This charm is Ferdinand the Bull.
Sterling Silver, Gemstone, Oxidized

Victoria Takahashi - Experimetal Who made both the Handmade Charm Holder: Sterling Silver, Oxidized
and a Charm: Sterling Silver, Pearl, Oxidized

Friday, October 1, 2010

Official Call for Submissions for the Ring a Day Exhibition

Ring a Day Exhibition
Call for Submissions
The Ring a Day project has been selected as an exhibition for the annual Society of North American Goldsmiths conference to be held in Seattle, May 2011.

“RAD, A Ring a Day for 365 Days” will run for a month, from May 5th to May 29th at the PUNCH Gallery in downtown Seattle, Washington. The exhibition will feature 365 physical rings accompanied by 14 framed photos of temporary and/or ephemeral rings. “RAD, Ring a Day for 365 Days” will be installed in the PUNCH gallery and it will on the official SNAG gallery tour. This exhibition will be curated by EtsyMetal members Colleen Baran, Kathryn Cole, Shannon Conrad, Nina Gibson, and Sara Westermark.

So this means that we need your rings! In fact this show is possible because of all the dedicated artists who have tirelessly given their time, imagination, perseverance, enthusiasm and talent to make this project great! The Ring a Day exhibition is a fabulous opportunity to show your work to a wide art buying audience as well as the metalsmithing community who travel yearly to attend SNAG conferences. The rings in this exhibition will be available for sale at the PUNCH gallery, so please indicate whether or not the ring(s) you submit will be for sale.

The Ring a Day project started January 1, 2010 when EtsyMetal and Nina Dinoff invited metalsmiths and other artists to participate in a daily personal challenge to create one ring a day for the entire year. The project quickly grew and has gained a wide audience with participants from around the world. On a daily basis, rings are created, photographed, and posted to the public “Ring A Day” Flickr photo group by each participant.

Jurors--Colleen Baran, Kathryn Cole, Shannon Conrad, Nina Gibson, and Sara Westermark

Jurying and Selection--The jurors will select rings based on originality, quality, concept, uniqueness, and design. We are open to both classic and alternative materials alongside various methods of construction.

Due to the unique nature of the project (and its vast size containing nearly 15,000 photos as of October 2010), the final selection of rings in the exhibition may include both invitational and juried submissions. It is very important to submit your best works as the primary way to highlight your work for review by the selection committee. Both submitted and invited rings will pay the jury fee for inclusion in the exhibition.

Deadline for electronic entry: October 25th, 2010
Artist Notification: no later than November 15th, 2010

Questions and comments should be sent to

Eligibility--To be eligible rings must have been submitted to the public “Ring a Day” Flickr group prior to October 1, 2010. All mediums and methods of ring construction are encouraged and welcomed.

To apply, please request an application from