The response to the split ring video has been amazing. Thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments. I am so glad you are having fun with them!
A few people have mentioned that their split rings start to open while they are being worn. There could be many reasons for this.
First – The clay was not conditioned well enough.
Second -The proportions are not right. If the centers of the snakes are not thick enough, or if the ends are too skinny, then the rings are not strong enough to stay closed when put together into a chain.
Third – Small rings were combined with large rings. Sometimes the smaller rings will open because there is just too much weight on them.
I am starting to get photos from all over the world. This first round was sent to me by Lawrence Smith of the Vancouver PolyClayers guild. I love the red and yellow one by Barb Alexander – the color flow is fantastic!
Other members of the guild had fun with blue:
I am on a month-long trip to Europe with my husband and my two daughters. We are visiting southern Italy together to look for long lost relatives.
The colors of the Mediterranean area are amazing. I will try to share some with you as I go. Saturday School will resume when I get back home. If you want some homework in the meantime . . . try experimenting with contrast by making split rings using colors from your collage!