Ring size 8
Sterling silver, vitreous enamel
Hand painted, torch fired, hand fabricated.
I dreamed once that I was calmly observing the end of days; I felt peaceful as all the stars descended and caught fire in the night sky. This dream was the inspiration for this ring that depicts three 23.5K gold asteroids as they hurtle toward a hapless city.
I created the enameled scene by "painting" with powdered glass on copper using tiny brushes and needles. I fired the design with a torch to fuse the glass to the metal and added the fireball by cutting and laying a thin piece of 24k gold and then firing again to fuse the gold to the glass.
This piece is part of my Tiny Catastrophes series, a collection of limited edition, one-of-a-kind memento mori pieces that explore the fragility of life and our desire to prevent, explain, and control the uncontrollable.