“Ring-A-Day” Challenge Yields Kooky, Upcycled Diamonds in the Rough

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Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. Take the Ring-A-Day group pool on Flickr, for instance, a photo set that’s chockfull of off-the-wall kookiness made manifest as beautifully designed rings. Started by metalsmith Nina Dinoff, the Ring-A-Day Challenge simply requires participants to create a new ring every day. Not all of the rings are forged from metal, however. Some of the pieces are made from reclaimed objects, grass, seashells, flowers, food, hair, and even intangibles like water.

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Photo by Danielle Miller

BLING IT ON

Danielle Miller, a professional jeweler, has been participating in the challenge since New Year’s Day, which she celebrated by creating a ring from a popped champagne cork. Anything is fair game for Miller, including plastic juice caps, nylon string, inflated balloons, and U.S. Census forms.

What will you turn from trash into treasure today?

Other standouts: Maria Apostolou, who tops her rings with flower-filled vases; Kest Schwartzman of Vagabond Jewelry, who works with recycled bike spokes and nuts; and Colleen Baran, who wrestles with rubber bands, aluminum foil, and other household detritus that you’d never consider wearable.

What will you turn from trash into treasure today?

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Photo by Maria Apostolou

+ Ring-A-Day on Flickr.com

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