Order by 12/15 for holiday shipping! Free domestic shipping on orders over $100

Order by 12/15 for holiday shipping! Free domestic shipping on orders over $100

Process: Making a Very Special Wedding Band

January 23, 2018

My favorite thing about making jewelry is connecting with people, often in a sentimental way. (Yes, I’m a huge sap). When a piece I’ve made means a lot to someone else, that’s simply a great feeling and genuinely makes me happy. It was such a joy to make my best friend’s wedding band, I thought I’d re-live the process and share it with you here.

I learned a lot in this process and had some really great help and guidance along the way. The photos are mostly quick, in-action snaps on my phone so please forgive the quality. Oh, also add in a lot of torch action that I couldn’t really photograph. Here we go! 

IMG_4494.jpg IMG_4496.jpg IMG_4497.jpg

To keep things economical and learn something new, I started with 24K gold shot that I lowered to 18K. A small amount of copper and sterling silver added to the pure gold lowers the karat while keeping a lovely yellow gold color. 
 
Once I had an ingot of 18K gold, I formed/rolled it out into a wire of desired width.

IMG_4501.jpg IMG_4551.jpg

Nexts steps: Measure (twice of course), cut to length, file the ends flat. After that, anneal the metal so that it is more workable and ready to be bent into shape. 

IMG_4552.jpg IMG_4553.jpg IMG_4550.jpg

The ring bender is an awesome tool that speeds up the ring-forming process - as compared to using a mandrel and/or a vice to get the ends to meet. (I actually had no clue this tool existed until very recently! Other jewelers out there - do you have/use this tool??) Though I still used the vice to make sure there is enough tension in the ring for it to solder properly. 

IMG_4556.jpg IMG_4557.jpg IMG_4558.jpg

[Insert more torch action here - soldering]

It's almost looking like a ring now! 

IMG_4567.jpg IMG_4598.jpg

After hammering it round, I had some help in measuring out the segments of the band that will be the marquise shaped sections and choosing the right files to work with for each step of the way. Then it was time for some filing. Lots of filing. 

IMG_4611.jpg IMG_4612.jpg IMG_4680.jpg

With the filing done, I refined the shape with some flex shaft tools and good ol' fashioned sanding, and the ring was looking really close to ready-for-the-stone-setter state. 

IMG_4685.jpg IMG_4687.jpg IMG_4688.jpg

Finishing touches before going to the stone setter were adding a comfort fit on the inside of the ring using the flex shaft, sanding down/tapering the back side of the ring band for a more delicate feel, and a preliminary polishing.

IMG_4723.jpg IMG_4793.jpg

Twelve lovely little diamonds were set in this band by a great stone setter in SF.

_DSF0397.jpg IMG_5344.jpg

I love working with people to create custom jewelry pieces! Do you have a special occasion coming up? Have you imagined a piece of jewelry you can't seem to find anywhere? Let's make it happen together! 






Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

STUDIO: Leah Staley Jewelry

March 21, 2017

I met the talented Leah Staley through ceramicist (and previous STUDIO feature) Gopi Shah - I love that the maker world is full of these wonderful connections. We had a great chat in her charming studio about her work, how she got into jewelry making, and the significance of art in today's society. Yeah, we got a little existential there. Haha. 

View full article →

STUDIO - Gopi Shah Ceramics

January 09, 2017

When Renegade Craft Fair paired me up to share a booth with Gopi Shah last spring, I gained a wonderfully kind and talented friend as well. Gopi is so warm and open, it felt like we were old friends right away. I was very excited to find out more about her beginnings as a ceramicist and see her in action in her studio in San Rafael. Her skill and artistry often made her work look effortless, though I now truly understand how much work really goes into each piece and her business as a whole. 

View full article →

Behind the Scenes & New Pieces

November 02, 2016

A couple of years, a couple cities, and some significant life changes into what I still hesitate to call "running a business", it feels like a good time to do some reflecting. You see, I did actually think at one time or another that running a business and working for myself would always feel empowering, even glamorous. So when I find myself feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, a bit scared, and very scattered, that doesn't exactly feel congruent with this idea of having my own business. It's a challenge to feel confident about what I'm doing sometimes. Still, when I look back at the past couple of years and the things I've been able to accomplish amidst so many life changes, I start feeling good as hell. (I'm on a big Lizzo kick over here) I'm constantly learning so much, making new things, connecting with some wonderful people in this city, and growing more confident about my skills and being able to provide the highest quality pieces for my customers. All of these goings on tend to be within the confines of the studio though, so I thought I would share a little bit on here as well.

View full article →