Post # 1
Haven’t been on WB for a while, but I have a quick question…
I’m an art major (and it’s my last year of my undergraduate degree, yay!) and have decided to take a cermaics course for the first time–so not much experience in the cermaic/clay departmet. I admit I feel nervous about not wearing my e-ring, afterall it’s become a part of me for so long and I cringe at the thought of not being able to wear it incase it gets damaged.
Are there chemicals in the material that can ruin my ring? I thought about just bringing a box to store it in while I am in the class. No idea.
Anyone work with any sort of chemicals and still wear their ring(s)? Any feedback helps. Thanks, Bees!
P.S. My ring is made of platinum with a diamond center
Post # 3
You’re not going to want to wear it. Even aside from the possibility of it being damaged, you’re going to end up with the ring really filthy and clay getting into all the little crevices, and when you use your hands to shape your pieces, you’re fairly likely to push indentations into the clay. It’s annoying enough to smooth out divets from your fingertips – you don’t want to have to smooth out marks from anything on your hands as well.
Post # 4
@vitula: Thank you, appreciate the detailed advice–sounds incredibly messy but fun. I’ll just bring a box to put it in while I’m working! 🙂
Post # 5
A friend of mine makes pottery a lot and she always puts her rings on a necklace when working with those kind of materials. It’s probably safer on a necklace than in a box.
Post # 6
DH is an art teacher. He takes his wedding ring off when teaching ceramics and it only has 3 small diamonds. So you’re not going to want to wear it to class.
Post # 7
I’m a potter. I mix glazes, make pots, do the whole shebang. Nothing in there will chemically hurt your ring, but it will get your ring FILTHY, and it gets deep into the nooks and crannies of your ring, and then it NEVER COMES OUT. I always take my ring off to work. The few times I’ve forgotten and put my hand in the slop bucket with my ring on, it’s taken weeks of TLC to get my ring looking decent again.
Also, if your ring is at all loose, you could lose it and never know until it has disappeared into the slop bin, never to be seen again. I recently found someone’s class ring embedded into a performance piece/sculpture I was working on. No luck tracking down the owner yet. Don’t let yourself become that guy.
Post # 8
What if you bought one of those ring clip necklaces? I keep meaning to order one for work…
There are many of them on etsy if you search “wedding ring holder necklace”, but here is a eller I really like: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AloraLocks?ref=seller_info