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It all starts with a rough sketch on a piece of paper
I start sculpting the ring's shape from a block of wax which is specific for ring making since it already has the hole in the middle for the finger.
I sketch on the wax the general outlines so I can start filing down to them
When I reach the general shape, I file it nicely and engrave the center line.
Then I drill the hole where the stone will be set
and engrave the Celtic designs in the wax.
I also have to hollow it inside so it will be lighter in weight
Then it’s ready to be cast in metal.
I want to use this as a prototype, and keep it if I need it in the future, so I first cast it in brass, which is a cheap metal.
When I receive it from casting I clean and file the prototype
and then make a rubber mold of it, which I can use to duplicate the ring easily.
Then I cast it again, using the rubber mold, from sterling silver.
This will be the final ring.
Again I have to file it nicely.
Then I solder the bezels for the stones on the ring, and then set the beautiful blue topaz stones in place.
The final step is polishing the ring and then - we have a finished ring!