I am a diver, and I enjoy exploring underwater, observing intricate plants, corals, and the vibrant colors of its inhabitants. In my quest for interesting textures, I became fascinated by barnacles (Latin: Balanus). They settle by attaching themselves to hard surfaces and lead a sedentary lifestyle.
The genus name is associated with the shape of the calcareous shell, resembling a closed bud or acorn. Charles Darwin dedicated over 8 years to their study.
I observed with surprise that inside the shell lives a small shrimp, and it can open the valves of its home.
This is what amazed me. It's like in life on land when you meet someone – they might open up to you, share their dreams and desires, or, on the contrary, close off and not let you into their world.
And so the Balanus ring was born.
A silver home shaped like a bud with a distinctive barnacle texture and an attached jade bead that rotates inside, revealing its light and dark sides.
To give the ring a greater resemblance to a natural acorn, I applied flocking technique and added green flock to the pre-marked contour.
Flocking is the process of applying specially processed, finely shredded fibers to a surface.
I used a fraction of green silk ground down to 1-1.5 mm.
Modern technologies now allow flocking to be applied to any surface, resulting in a coating that mimics velvet, aesthetically pleasing and pleasant to the touch.
Additionally, it doesn't fade, is easy to clean, resistant to weather conditions, and chemical exposure. However, it dulls when exposed to water.
PS: When washing hands, it's necessary to remove rings with flock.
It turned out like something from the sea – mysteriously natural! Don't you think so?