Uncomfortable Ring Series

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This was a three-part series that I made during undergrad. It dealt a lot with wearability in contemporary jewelry—specifically when people are willing to sacrifice comfort (and sometimes their well-being) for the sake of fashion and trends.


The first ring was a simple bronze ring with a four-pound iron weight connected to it with steel links. Of all three rings, it was the most physically taxing.


The second ring was a chunky cast silver band with uranium glass jutting out of the sides. The glass was not sharp, but this combined with the bulk of the ring constantly reminded the wearer that it was there. The main discomfort for this ring came from the psychological effect radiation has on people.  

The uranium glass in this ring is indeed radioactive, however it is not actually harmful. Compared to the background radiation we are exposed to every day, the amount of radiation in this ring is less than a bag of plant fertilizer. (In fact, it's too small to even detect on a standard Geiger counter.) To say that the glass’s inclusion was effective would be an understatement, as this ring was the one people were the most uneasy around.


The third ring was the most dangerous of the bunch. It had two glass vials precariously attached to it, one filled with Sodium and the other filled with Water. The reaction between these two is a very violent one, and it could seriously injure you if you had the misfortune of accidentally mixing them. It takes a degree of concentration to keep the fragile glass vials from falling out and breaking. As a result, wearing this ring is somewhat of a balancing act; requiring the wearer to always keep the hand wearing this ring upright and horizontally level. (For the sake of safety, I was asked not to put sodium inside this ring when it was on campus. Here it is photographed with some borax inside the left vial.)