Hi, all. I've only been metalsmithing for a year. I've learned a lot in that time, thanks to Dana's classes and the rest of you in Ladysmiths. Yesterday I finished a ring that my mother-in-law requested -- a copy of the very first ring I made, finished in February 2010. I was amused by the results and took pictures of the two side by side. My mother-in-law's ring is the one on the left; my original ring is the one on the right.
The rings are simple, and perhaps the differences are simple, too. But it made me happy to notice the improvements in the new ring: The cuts and filing are cleaner, the design's shapes are more consistent, and the width is one that will allow the wearer to close her fingers (not easy to do with the original ring). So, yeah, I'm still a novice -- the ring on the left is the second attempt, since I made a sawing mistake on the original sheet of metal and had to put it aside. But it was nice to see a "carbon copy" of my work and literally see that I'm getting cleaner and better. Thanks to all you ladies for inspiring me!
(And, as you can see, I'm eagerly awaiting photographing tips on the 11th. See you then.)