Patrick Hastings Posted December 19, 2005 Share Posted December 19, 2005 Everyone is showing off there Xmas orders here mine. My latest, a pair of wedding rings for myself and Girlfriend Joya. I am going to give her the solitare on Xmas day and ask for her hand. She doesn't surf the forums so no risk of giving away the suprise, but I am bursting to show and tell. The Rings are made from 14k white gold and sterling silver Mokume Gane. I purchased the stock already fused from reactive metal studios. It comes in a striaght grained bar with no pattern development. I twisted and carved the stock to develop the pattern then drew it out with hand hammer to the proper size and length. The Stone is bezel set in a bezel I made from the same stock. The setting is soldered into the band so there is a joint on either side of the setting only and no seams in the shank. Once the stone was set and the polish done I etched the rings in a dilute nitric acid. This removes the silver but not the gold leaving a raised grain effect. The interior of the setting and band were masked from etching. After that I polished the piece useing Japanese polishing brushes with silicon-carbide then charcoal powder. The Silicon softens the grain slightly so the layers are not sharp. Then the polish is brought back up with the powdered charcoal over all. The effect is pretty nice. I made four prototypes out of less expensive mokume to get some practice in on pattern development and to make efficient use of more expensive stuff. I started with a .25"x2" piece and made both rings from that. It worked out almost precisely. I have about a matchheads worth left The diamond is an old cut that belonged to my grandmother. It is probably in excess of a hundred years old ( since its been cut anyhow) it has nice color and gives good sparkle. Wish me luck. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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