As I haven’t had no one to spend Christmas with at home, I stayed in the workshop on Christmas night and started to work on some special rings for New Year. There were 2 rings .
It was very difficult, primarily due to lack of material, as usual …
Then, as I imagined something very difficult , a baroque style ring with Japanese accents – the cherry blossom – which contain metaphysical elements like love and purity in a single object. A white translucent and transparent purple mauve enamel will do the rest . White , Gold and Purple . That’s the most spiritual colours in metaphysic .
A very intricate item, made as the old time jewelers did …this was the first ring .
So , I didn’t stop here , and further complicated the project, adding pieces of white gold, diamond and enamel .And the icing on the cake to be , I had to use the hollow technique for some parts of the object, so I used tubes instead of solid wires .
That was due to the low budget the customer demands , so I made the ring using tubes instead of masive , to save a little gold of the final weight .
That’s my life : why to be simple when it can be very complicate ?
Now , let me explain to you what’s all about: if you work yellow gold with white gold pieces, you have a big problem finishing and polishing .
During work, under fire, the two metals – even if 18 k – behave totally different, yellow gold being easy pickled while white gold becomes almost black, with an oxide crust that is difficult to remove , the usual.
But , as I am not an usual goldsmith , I already have the solutions for solving these tasks …
What was my REAL task , was to make a strategy of how I will manage the making of processing the ring . I mean , I have to polish the ring first , then enameling and then setting the stones ? What will be with the oxidized white gold ? How I will polish it to be perfect white and shiny ?
Or I have to polish it , set the diamonds and then , several firings in the kiln for the enamels to be perfect ? But what if the diamonds will not resist under the several hundreds of Celsius degress , after several firings ? Even they are brilliants , not common diamonds ?
THAT was my REAL PROBLEM and I finally made a decision, the first time doing such an object …
What I did ? You’ll see next days ….Photos , tomorrow , as usual …
There will be – as usual , for any item I’ve had made – a full HD video of making of . Who wants to have it , just ask , using my e-mail adress .
Second ring , also made using tubes ( french : charnière ) :
Peridot , green transparent enamel and diamonds . I called it “The Big Green ” .
The customer had a big grin of delight when he saw it .
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