I am enjoying my visit to the British Museum, looking at some favourite objects and some I have not seen before.
One favourite is this wood and shell bird. It was the inspiration for my enamelled bird brooch and I have a tiny sketch in my sketchbook. Looking at it again I realise itches much larger than I remember.
This morning I walked from where I was staying in London back to the British Museum and took a slight detour along Lambs Conduit Street. I think even in the rain it must be one of my favourite streets in London, it feels as though it still has an active local community, it is a real mix of businesses (including a couple of those ubiquitous coffe chains), traditional tailors and of course The Lamb, a Youngs pub, I haven't been in for years. I will have to do that some other time and will be spending most of my day out in the British Museum
Here is my first ring for February. It is made in faux bone in two pieces; the ring shank and the flower separately. I then drilled the two sections and a small circular piece of sterling silver and riveted them all together. I had filed the lines into both sections and added the alcohol ink before sanding back and then joining the pieces. Faux bone is a great medium for practising rivets as it is very durable. I wondered whether to make a spinner type ring but in the end opted for joining the sections firmly together so this one is static.