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Hades and Persephone Ring by JaneDautant Hades and Persephone Ring by JaneDautant
This piece was made to represent two individuals via two distinct rings that can combine to create one cohesive piece. I chose Hades and Persephone because here in Virginia the weather has been crazy! One minute it's been sunny and gorgeous and the next it's been wintery and coooold and I am ready for Spring.

I was working on this piece around the same time that I painted 'Persephone Returns' which you can see here: [link]

The 'Hades' ring was cast using the lost wax method in sterling silver and then patinated with liver of sulfur. I also used red enamel to create splashes of colour.

The 'Persephone' ring was actually quite hard because only 50% of it was cast the rest of it was fabricated and it was hard to get that curve in the band due to the difference in thickness. I ended up having to hot forge it (traditional blacksmith style... which was pretty cool/ exciting). It's sterling silver and high polished.

You can see both sides of the separated rings here: [link]
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diana-irimie Jul 14, 2013  Professional Artist
at first i thought they were one ring, then i read the description - love the concept! i always like it when there is so much thought in a piece of jewelry besides great craftsmanship. excellent work! :heart:
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JaneDautant Jan 10, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the compliment! Sorry it took me so long to respond! 
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diana-irimie Jan 13, 2014  Professional Artist
Haha no problem! I still like the ring as much as I did before :D
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thewywy101 May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! I am in aw at your craftsmanship. How exactly did you make the 'Hades' ring? I have been wanting to work on something like it but never found out how exactly. Could you possible spare the time to describe your work possess? If not I completely understand :) Again beautiful work.
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JaneDautant May 21, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Sure! I mentioned the lost wax casting technique in my description and this video is actually the closest to what I do in my studio : [link] . Now, unless you have a centrifuge, most jewlers job out the actually casting of their pieces. One of the companies I trust implicitly is Hoover and Strong. They're Eco-friendly and just a really great company to work with. Here is their website: [link] . If you're interested in a carving tutorial I could probably pull one together. I carve with an xacto knife and some cheap clay tools, which I head over an alcohol lamp. But my way is kinda 'bootleg.' Most carvers prefer professional tools like Kate Wolf tools but dental tools work extremely well too. Many dental offices will give you their old tools for free.
I hope this helps! If you're more interested in conceptual development I'd be happy to elaborate.
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thewywy101 May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!! Can't want to get started :D
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Really Beautiful!
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JaneDautant Apr 19, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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carcadann Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OMG IT GOES TOGETHER WHAT.
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JaneDautant Apr 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hahah omg. Autumn, you're awesome.
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