Rings of Time

BIONASYS
9 min readOct 26, 2023

A digital art collection by Bionasys, an OG web3.0 artist on the Hedera Hashgraph network. Making art NFT’s on Hedera from 2020. This collection contains out of 31 unique Rings divided into 3 categories: Liquid Rings, Integrated Rings and Special Rings. The Rings are supposed to be looped over and over again giving a mesmerizing experience. Enhanced with unique music samples I carefully chose to create an even better experience.

The whole collection is visible on my YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSKtZ4RqXyiJXNioy6UdZ6ZCBy9bvX9cn&si=mwWvSBuS93ldcELs

The collection Rings of Time can be bought on SentX marketplace: https://sentx.io/nft-marketplace/0.0.3869250

Intro

Behold Hbarbarians! The “Rings of Time’’ collection is finally out! After working approximately 4 months very hard on this collection I am very proud to present to you my latest NFT collection on the beautiful Hedera network! The name of the collection refers to the rings that change its shape over time creating unique dynamics for each ring. Only the finest rings are picked out and assembled into this one big collection of 31 Rings! That means a lot of lost hours have sadly been dedicated to rings that didn’t make the collection! But no worries, I picked the best ones out!

The collection will be publicly presented in Belgium at two fine stores. A CBD cannabis store “De Groene Piraat” in the center of Ghent and in a barber store in the center of Leuven in Belgium! All rings will be looping all day long on a television screen towards the street! All rings will also be visible on my social networks and youtube channel of course.

Disclaimer: The collection is a digital art collection and has currently no utility or whatsoever. Its purpose is digital art for you NFT collectors out there who like to associate him or herself with a certain piece of art.

The making off

Every single ring is created with advanced computational design methods and tools in Blender 3.6. This involves a lot of vector math, geometry knowledge, logic thinking, problem solving, research and many more skills. Sometimes things could get math heavy and therefore it’s not really suitable for everybody but with basic skills you can already come a long way.

It is possible to make simple or complex algorithms to create any type of geometry in Blender. Where traditional methods take too much when generating complex geometry models, especially when geometry is dynamic/animated. We can use a tool called “Geometry nodes” inside Blender to vary between complex designs in a short amount of time. This is a huge benefit over traditional manual methods as changes to complex models are much more quickly implemented. Inside the algorithm we can change certain important parameters to generate another geometry output. If things aren’t the way we want it to be we update the algorithm with other parameters, new additions or do small changes in the logic. This way we can make it better and better for getting a higher quality output. It takes time to create a good algorithm but once it’s done it can be very powerful.

The algorithm:

Every ring has the same basic algorithm to create the ring or donut shape. Inside this part the ring basic mesh deformation will be animated and the UV coordinates from the base ring are stored. The UV coordinates are very important for texturing, instances on mesh distribution, scaling and working with dynamic meshes (variable x,y,z coordinates). Without these UV coordinates the rings would be messy and glitchy since the base ring is animated and therefore the UV’s change over time. We have to store this data for other features to build on so they behave stable and predictable.

After this first part of the algorithm every ring uses a different path of the algorithm. It splits up following a unique second part algorithm. Today I have created all these types of algorithms separately. The next step will be to merge all these algorithms into one big algorithm so it can generate very unique and generative Ring designs based on user preferences. Inside the big algorithm we can turn certain aspects on or off. For example: I want a ring that needs holes, spheres, hair, certain colors, materials, and types of instances. Opting these preferences on, the algorithm will generate each time a unique type of ring based on these preferences.

This is how one single algorithm looks like:

We have the input on the left and the output on the right. Everything in between are nodes that do something specific, for example extrusion of square face in a certain direction to create a cube.

NFT’s & authenticity

All NFT’s are minted on the Kabila platform on 20/10/23. The nr1 mint platform on Hedera. Below is an overview of all NFT’s and their corresponding token ID 0.0.3869250. All pieces are 1 on 1’s, meaning every Ring has 1 NFT behind it. This way each Ring has a single unique owner. They all have the same token ID to show they belong to the same collection “Rings of Time”.

The collection Rings of Time is listed and can be bought on SentX marketplace: https://sentx.io/nft-marketplace/0.0.3869250

Ring #01 — Black & Gold

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 01: Where black meets gold, style is born.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #02 — Ink

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 02: Ink on wood is where creation begins.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #03 — Black Lava

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 03: In the depths of black, lava’s secrets crack.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #04 — Microbe

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 04: Microbes hold the rhythm of our lives!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #05 — Purple Rain

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 05: Dancing in silent harmony!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #06 — Zebra

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 06: In a world of black and white, be the stripes that stand out.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #07 — Avatar

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 07: Bioluminescence at night a living river that gives light!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #08 — Golden Sparkle

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 08: Gold on gold is the golden combination.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #09 — Purple Glow

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 09: A glowing dance on strokes of paint.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #010 — Demon

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 010: The devil in shades of red.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Liquid Ring

Ring #011 — Crocodile Gold

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 011: Gold looking good on leather.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #012 — Kinky

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 012:Flashy spike balls for kinky times…
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #013 — Blue Coral

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 013: Blue coral breathing underwater.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #014 — Moon

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 014: Wen moon?
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #015 — Arab

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 015: Beautiful bronze tinted ring covered in orange pearls from the desert.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #016 — Forest

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 016: In the heart of the forest, you can find growth.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #017 — Waterside

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 017: Enough moorings to anchor the ship!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #018 — Alien

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 018: The aliens are among us already!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #019 — Blizzard

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 019: Cyborg ring protecting the inner glass ring from the cold!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #020 — Zulu

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 020: Trippy Zulu ritual.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #021 — Diablo

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 021: No passing this dungeon end-boss!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Integrated Ring

Ring #022 — Zen

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 022: The zen corner from the house.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #023 — Connected

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 023: Hello from the other side!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #024 — Hedera

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 024: The hashgraph in full action!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #025 — Inflated

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 025: Will they pop?
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #026 — Rose

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 026: The Rose I chose.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #027 — Endless

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 027: An endless loop.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #028 — Kinetic

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 028: Kinetic energy all over the golden core
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #029 — Plexus

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 029: Entangled spheres creating a complex network.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #030 — Bag

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 030: Balls vs plastic!
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

Ring #031 — Grooming

Story: Rings_of_Time, Ring 031: Peacefully grooming the fluffy hair.
Token ID: 0.0.3869250
Category: Special Ring

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