Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New website

I have finally made a website for my lock picks.  It's pretty basic, but I don't have the interest or patience to do something bigger.

www.ratyoke.com


Thursday, September 28, 2017

ebony and holly lock picks

These are a few lock picks I have made recently using ebony and holly.  I bought some tagua nuts this week, I have never worked with them before.  I will probably try those in combination with ebony next time, but they are too small to make an entire pick out of.  



Thursday, July 13, 2017

new pendant

Last week I finally finished this pendant.  I did the design in ZBrush while I was living in Korea.  A client wanted me to make them a custom piece and chose this one out of several designs I presented.  I am glad she liked the finished piece.  I am always worried the client won't be happy when they see the finished piece.  I am mostly happy with how it came out.  The materials are 18k yellow and white gold and a yellow sapphire.  This isn't the first piece I have done with CAD, but I think it is the first one I have done all the work on, from designing it with CAD to finishing the metal piece.




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Class at GRS soon

I'll be going to Emporia, Kansas in about a week and a half for the Advanced Stone Setting Class with Blaine Lewis at the GRS Training Center.  I'm really looking forward to it.  I've wanted to take that class for a few years.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Iowa State University Art Museum

Recently these 3 pieces accepted into the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University.  

These pieces are all anodized aluminum and sterling silver.  This black ring I made in 2005 and gave to my ex.  A couple years after we broke up she sent it back.  I told her if she doesn't want it, just throw it away.  When I received it I seriously considered destroying it.  The stones are sapphires.  I wish I had a better photo of it.








Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Traditional Japanese Metalsmithing Kickstarter update

The Japanese Metalsmithing Kickstarter was successfully funded.  Now the person will start producing the videos.  I wonder how long it will take?  With my previous experiences with Kickstarter the projects all took much much longer than planned.

Anyway, it was successful.  I'm not going to worry about it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

LongHouse Reserve

I just found out one of my pieces was acquired by LongHouse Reserve.  It is this folded copper vase from 2008.

I am told it will be in a basket exhibition from April 29th.  It's not a basket, but I guess they think it looks close enough.