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    Posted 5 years ago

    valentino97
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    I found this frosted beach glass broken bottle top awhile ago on my beach and put it in my curiosity coconut bowl full of beach shells, fossils, bones and other found flotsam - Curiosities! Sorry It's hard to shoot this - first is front, 2nd side view which shows sterling frame better and 3 shows the framing needed to secure the glass.

    My friend Claudia a student at GIA visited me and asked about it. "Well, because it would make a perfect ring, it's curved, green and it came from outside". She needed a class project and took it to downtown Los Angeles jewelry district to make it into a ring. When we went to pick it up later all the craftsmen came out to see what we thought. That was special! Turns out it was a difficult project because her wax carving was actual size (shrinkage not figured in). And working with glass and high heat is tricky. We loved it. She got a good grade and I have this wonderful sentimental ring: Found on my beach, made by a dear friend, appreciated by pros.

    PLUS, because it's size 6 opening I don't think it was a medicine bottle - pop or beer bottle? 2 grooves where the craftsmen put the silver bands. The glass must be old? There's the mystery friends.

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    Comments

    1. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Wonderful Valentino. Must look so good on.
      Congratulations to your talented friend!
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      A piece of glass that was "loved" by the ocean has become a ring that is loved by you....
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thank you mel, mike, nice, kevin for your loves!
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thanks Karen and Bonnie for loving the "sentimental" side of this ring.
    5. Ivonne Ivonne, 5 years ago
      Great story,Val!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Beautifuly made, not only sentimental :-)
      That's a clever design!
      XOXO!
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thanks Ivonne - and it's true. I'll have to include this story w/the ring so my nieces will understand it.

      Thanks Kyra - she did a great job with the design. I love it!

      Thanks for the loves everyone!
    8. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      To turn something so simple into a unique, one-of-a-kind conversation piece was such a clever idea Valentino! Congrats!!
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thanks Rick - I love weird one-of-a-kind, personal sentimental old things. And yes, it is a conversation piece. Not everyone gets us. The other night I was with friends at a party and overheard Gina say "I'm having trouble with the ear buds" and my friend Alan say "I don't know why my club isn't popular". It had nothing to do with hearing music or enjoying his new nightclub. I was so embarrassed when someone finally told me they were talking about their real estate group. Yikes! They haven't invited me back again. LOL in the !!!
    10. davyd286, 5 years ago
      It's their loss. I love the ring and the story! Can you tell us a bit more on how it was made? Did I understand correctly that your friend had an idea for the design and then asked someone to cast the frame?
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Hi davy I love talking about this ring! The curved glass fit perfectly over my ring finger and because there were 2 natural ridges (maybe this was a wire and flip stopper top bottle) it was natural that was where the sterling bands should go on the front. She made a wax carving for her jewelry class project, but didn't have the tools to make it so took it to a silver and gold studio in LA's old jewelry district. Nothing fancy about that place, just workers at benches. From what I can see they added a few mm of silver to the back to be sure silver and glass fit. When metal is poured into a wax cast there is some shrinkage. I remember that workshop specialized in custom fine jewelry and they said it wasn't an easy project, but they enjoyed this project and it was so special that they came out to see what Claudia and I thought.
    12. davyd286, 5 years ago
      Special indeed! Thanks for sharing!
    13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      WooHoo...I finally get a few minutes to come join everyone here and I see this! I love this ring. They did a terrific job with the silver. I'd love to see it on your hand!
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      This might be a weird thought but I like the idea of it...ready? You never know just how long this was actually in the ocean and I was thinking I wonder if it was on a large ship and maybe it was something like a frame for a peek hole you look thru to see who's knocking at the door?!? haha I know, I'm quirky like that with my thoughts! But seriously, it may not have come from a bottle at all.
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Hey Share - I LOVE that idea! If I find another, I might do that. Yes, it is very "scratched, frosty and worn", tumbled for a long time in the ocean. I think it was a beer bottle. Great idea by the way - I have a bottle cutter & a tumbler. I could create one to look old....

      I have another piece of darker green beach glass - might be from a 7-up bottle. I found it on a beach in Puerto Rico. Made a soldered bezel and ring which is just okay since it's not sterling. Someday I'll have it redone in sterling. Will post that one too. Share - my hands are so wrinkly. How did that happen?

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