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The Eye Ring by j-alex-darr The Eye Ring by j-alex-darr
Edit: Hey this ring and the Ax Blade Ring, both got into the California state fair! if you're going there, check it out in the Fine Art building :)

Another ring from my weapon series! This one inspired from the shape of an arrowhead.

sterling silver, fine silver and a sleeping beauty turquoise. Which was a pain to set, I don't think i ever want to do another 3mm stone again

Other rings from the same series:
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have some very unique ideas in ring design.
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j-alex-darr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you, I try to make these be pretty unique
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, and even better, is that they are very distinctive. Every time I come across this one, I say to myself "Oh yeah, I remember THAT ring." I don't ever have to wonder if I saw it before or not. There's a ton of metal jewelry on dA, and much of it looks very much like the next.
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j-alex-darr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you, it's good to know people enjoy my strange ring designs. I think it's a blessing and a curse. I get into a lot of art shows, but when I applied to grad school last year I got rejected by all the schools I applied too, I think it's because my work is too different. When I toured the campuses I noticed that all the students work were all pretty much the same. I'm really not sure what to do about that... :/
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds more like an indictment of art school than of your work, if you ask me. However, what you've described sounds like what most people I know who've gotten degrees in art have said about their experience. The school is there to teach their methods and practices, not to develop your muse. They stamp artists in their molds, and once cast (i.e. graduated) it's up to the artist to decide how they will re-work themselves into a unique talent. This seems like a lot of waste to spend so much effort undoing certain aspects of your education, but universities aren't equipped for individualized instruction or nurturing, so they churn out degrees in the ways they best know how.

If you really want to get in, study what their students are doing and then develop portfolio pieces geared toward what they're looking for that you can use as the foundation of your portfolio. Then, throw in a few of your unique works to demonstrate your range, but don't let your unique pieces overshadow the pieces needed to gain entrance. They want to see that you understand what they consider to be "the fundamentals" before accepting you because they don't want to take the time to bring you back to their baseline. Basically, you have to be "a wolf in sheep's clothing."
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violinist2424 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really neat! Nice work!
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Alkhymeia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome :D
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j-alex-darr Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks!
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LadyChristina Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Think this is my favourite of your rings now. It's just so big and rough, yet so beautiful. Love it :D
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j-alex-darr Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you for your comment :)
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