From my previous post I introduce my new design, the Flat Earth ring aroused my sci-fi juice in me, which leaves me to wonder what if I can introduce a mechanical element to the current Alphabet ring series. After a long search for a concept, here I post my new design for the Alphabet-G.
The alphabet-E ring was an idea inspired by science fiction spaceship design. In this particular piece I used angle-bending-chamfered style to create the various shades of surface that form the shape of Alphabet-E. The style totally different from my previous piece that uses the up, down steps to cast shadow on the subject I intended to express.
Alphabet-E ring new design element
In this piece I used an element I had never used before. It is a risk to take, however I was very comfortable about how it eventually falls into place. You can see the bending of a roof like arc that stretches across the face of the ring. This arch casts the shadow to produce this unnatural vertical curve line over the Alphabet-E. Unnatural as it may sounds, I really like this new element, exploring new possibilities is what make this project fun.
The three bars of E
At midsection of the ring face, we have this three horizontal lines that sits on it to form the three bars of the Alphabet-E. I pulled in the middle bar to make it a little shorter for easy recognition of the letter. I do not want the bars to terminate at the far end right, so I stop in ¾ of the face and created a slope to separate the two sections. From here I do not want to have the three bars identical styles as to the E, I proceed to have four bars set in to create the illusion of friction of the two selections.
Alphabet-E Ring Slope Direction
The side design
To be true, it was such a challenge to conceive an idea of how to design the side of the ring. So many versions I had put forth to maintain a form that can have that logical connection, but nothing had resulted in what I want. I even created as detail as possible of mechanical parts to adhere to the side as protrusion, for that, I didn’t look as good. Eventually I ended up settling down for a simple ring lines that will have that alphabet-E connection and yet easy to the eyes.
My thoughts and ideas behind the Alphabet-D ring design
In every edition, I try to add some new idea to the ring design. Alphabet-D Ring does have something new that separate itself from the rest. Apart from the usual, this ring offer the unique cascading wave light patter on the surface starting from left to right.
Alphabet-D ring progressive wave
As each steps progress from the center of the D, the wave of the outer curvature advance to the right, with each step slightly bended to create that smooth water like wave. You can find each wave have that irregular widening transition to the right from curve to straight line.
This wave can only be described as the water surface and to widen the imagination a little more, I added a mast. At the top you will see this very peculiar protrusion that extent itself from the center of the D to end at the top that connects with a triangle flat head. There were few versions of the mast, but I like this more. The trick is not to make it too obvious; I suppose this is not in anyway going to be like some sort to extraterrestrial communication devise.
From this angle you can see the mast does catches the eye to light up the imagination. I must say this is the most peculiar design I ever did. On the side here I design a series of recess niche to provide that friction like texture that that will draw the eye to the face.
Notice I kept that elongate D shape on each niche on the side.
I suppose the challenge is to make the C connect with every previous element and yet do not over craft it or super simplify it. If you know what I mean, look around you, a lot of things can look like C if you pay attention to the environment. If over simplify the C might become difficult to recognize.
The special curve edge
For that, I round off at the end of the two points of the C to create uniqueness, to bring about a question of why it is round at the edge so that, the inner curve of the C will blend well with continuous flow from end to end.
Within that rectangular frame, I set in the curve of the C starting from the left side of the ring, leaving the curve of the C to repeat the cascading effect on both sides. On the inside of the C, recess is deeper than the outer curve. It is easier to emphasize the inner C than the outer.
Alphabet-C ring new element design
From this point may I introduce you a new element I had never deploy before, the bending edge of the inner circle. By this new technique can clearly bring about the distinction of the letter C which was deliberately set into the centre stage of the ring face.
Another clear distinction from my other design is this new element that cut through the core of the ring, leaving a suspend face with the element of lightness. You must admit the resemblance is very much close as the letter C, note how that hollow empty space of an imperfect circle that form the letter.
To being, I have no idea what I should do with the Alphabet-A ring design. As we all know how does A looks like but, to put it in a ring face is entirely different subject. So I generalize the shape of A to be triangle and proceed to start drawing lines outward leaving uneven steps to all corners of the face.
The variations and the choices
There were a few variations I had made and I chosen this because of its simplicity. At one point I almost turn the triangle into a flower. An interesting notion to entertain me while I the process of designing the Alphabet-A ring. Maybe one day I will work on something relate to flowery sort of design for ladies.
Notice the longest horizon bar line at the bottom the of the triangle, I leave that to suggest an elongate ring face. The rest of the cascading slanting lines that adhere to the triangle side to form most of the texture were left there to capture the light and shadow. I initially thought of a deeper lines cut but, too deep a shadow will start to loose the intended shape and all that glamour of reflective light. Let’s move on to the ring side design.
Alphabet-A ring mysterious lines
The recess lines on the side of the Alphabet-A ring design resemble the shape of an A and suggest the ring is build from some sort of building blocks from ground up. It gives that solid foundation, clearly essential for the first ring design in the line as the first Alphabet ring design.
I cannot wait to send this for printing, I’ll post the update and photo shots of the actual ring once in hand. So I leave it as it is for your pleasure now. Drop me a line if you are free. Cheers!
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.