Here are my thoughts and ideas behind the Alphabet-F ring
My initial concept for this piece was meant to be more ridge, more clean lines to connect the Alphabet-F. Along the way, I felt I wanted to take this opportunity to try out something more incline towards the randomness of things rather the more predictable pattern of creating the Alphabet series.
In this Alphabet-F ring, it does evolve from the Alphabet-E ring, which I first introduce the folding surface style. This piece is different from the E ring is because of the uneven slope, guided by the unparalleled lines to form the face of F.
Folding style of the face
This in result in series of uneven surface reflecting off different intensity of light, bringing the curious beholder to ask the question of what is the meaning behind these mysterious geometries.
The side of the Alphabet-F ring design
I’m always careful not to overwhelm the ring side design and also not to deviate too far from the principle of the face. I want it to suggest the shape of F and yet in harmonic compliment with each other. With this idea in mind, I cutted deep into the front face from left to the upper right so this result with a slant recess to the supposily flat surface.
The subtle side curve
You maybe assume the side recess of the ring to be just an ordinary straight cut right into the cold metal but, this is not how I want to end the story in designing this ring. I got this idea to have this gradient cast of light into the recess, so I made it to be a curve recess into the metal, like a disk that crash right into it, only to be half way through stuck on the surface and fall off.
The bridge that form the Alphabet-F ring
An arch metal bar was erect over the slant recess like a bridge over a river to form the backbone of the F. When view at an angle with the side and the face together, you can see how these two facet truly blend in harmony.
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.