If you had seen my previous works, you will know they were so much different from each other. I was trying to find my own style. In the process, I found a new obsession that will allow my design to evolve and breed new concept. The Alphabet ring design concept.
This time round is not about the smoothness of the surface or that perfect curve. First, I was captivated by the edges how it catches the light and shadow. This happens after I design Resonance Edge. I move on to produce a few more outline concepts and shaded sketches as you can see from my album here.
I want to deliver the modern sleek design, I kept the lines simple and clean while retaining the principle on each piece. The effect was enormous.
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Choosing the frame in Alphabet ring design concept
I was deeply attracted to the Five Pillars framework that I recently posted before the concept of Alphabet ring design. I took the frame of signet ring to start my design. I want to stay away from the conventional round face protruding from the top, instead I go for the rectangular flat on the side, slightly tilted to create an unobtrusive V-shape.
It does leave a certain weight to the finger, the impression that this was cut out of a piece of solid metal was very profound. Because of this, it gives me a lot of space for imagination to craft out unique ring design ideas.
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Of all material I choose brass. Surely I can go for sterling silver and charge more to the price tag, but there is something about the this unique metal character, its colour that reflected light off the surface, that yellowish tone emitting from its surface. With that being said, I also like this copper and zinc infusion slowly age with time due to the brass oxidation process and later to be renew by cleaning aid, once again to be a reborn of new is exciting to work with.
Five Pillars ring design had not cross my mind for awhile since I did the Diamond Frame, let alone designing something entirely so different from my previous approach. The Five Pillars ring design was a surprise to me as much as anybody who had known me from the start. From choosing the frame to the recess-engrave like lines and shapes on the surface was all new from the start.
Searching for the ring frame
Not long ago I had seen somewhere about a ring that have this nice flat top surface, I decided to add a personal touch to it. I elevate the face of the ring higher to a more prominence position. I had design to slice on a v-shape to the side of the ring, to make the bottom more narrow and broaden the top, so as to leave room for finger movement. At this point, I had created the foundation frame work for more future projects. I intent to create a whole series of design base on this frame.
The Five Pillars ring color
The choice of the color is gold. Since gold is the precise color to match the mood of Greek and Egyptian culture. The Five Pillars ring design was inspired by these places where I have found myself wonder in amazement. However, Gold is more expensive to make rather than brass, more to the point, brass does have oxidation. It does age with time and product that rustic tone which is beautiful to me.
In designing the Five Pillars ring, I had gain a lot of experiences like never before. I look forward to create more design and have them upload to my website. There are times where imagined version of the ring to be transfer to software tools for modeling, pose a challenge to the designer. Not that I had never use Rhino 3D before, it is a wonderful tool to use. I was so use to modeling furniture and interior works, creating ring was a passion I found to be very addictive.