This is my second attempt at this blog post.. for some reason the time I spent on blogging about my rings before was wasted as wordpress “failed’ to publish my post – fingers crossed this time….
If you are a friend of mine on Face Book or a fan of Art Clay Scotland then you will have seen my new gold rings already, but its far easier for me to talk about the process here. For there was quite alot that went into making these rings – which were made from my great grandmas old gold rings which were too small for my big fingers!!! First of all then we had to melt the gold down – which we did with a hot torch ….
Then this molten gold was poured into an ingot ….
which gave us this little nugget of gold….
Which was drawn through a rolling mill to give us enough length to make two rings…
So now we have our gold. And the actual process of making the rings began. This is the first time Ive ever worked with gold metal before – Ive only ever worked with Gold Clay in the past – so this was fun for me! First of all I had to shape the ring on a mandrel ..
And then cut it and solder the prepared tube into place
and then set the stone …
Then a little polishing, and a repeat of the process left me with these two rings!!
I have worn them everyday with pride and really did make them myself under Jareds expert eye and tuition. They feel special and full of meaning to me!
Just as soon as I can I’ll be uploading, onto our web site, all the details of how you can make you own wedding/civil partnership rings with Jared. With an expert guiding you every step of the way its surprisingly easy to make beautiful, professional rings – and of course there will be that extra option of using your own gold too!!
Take a look at Jared ‘s web site here to see his stunning work!
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Currently Gold prices are at record Highs. TV channels here in the UK are full of adverts encouraging us to sell our old Gold. On the flip side others are investing in Gold, and the UK’s first ever Gold Vending Machine was opened in London earlier this month. Yes – thats right a vending machine that sells bars of gold in various sizes, with a 1g coin going for around £40.
I’ve got some old gold rings that belonged to my Great Grandmother. Two 22ct Gold Rings and two 9ct rings. A quick browse of internet tells me that I could expect to get around £200 if I sold them. Here they are …..
But I dont want to sell them!! And I am lucky as, just as I did with my scrap silver, I am about to recycle my gold. I’ll be spending the day with Jared Sanders in his superb studio melting down the gold and making it into new rings. I love the idea of wearing a new ring made from gold that was worn for decades by my Great Grandmother, and then my Grandma until she died. I havent ever worked with Gold before – only Gold Clay, so I will be getting tuition from Jared himself, and am really looking forward to it. Here are some rings he recently made – and these will be within my capabilities (so he tells me…..)
If you are getting married, or having a civil partnership soon, then it may interest you to know that we shall be offering a service where you and your partner can come to the studio at Art Clay Scotland, and make your own wedding bands with Jared guiding you every step of the way. As an option you can choose to recycle your own gold to make your rings from, or you can specify other materials including platinum. We are really very excited about this, and full details will be up on the Art Clay Scotland web site very soon.
So, I need to pack my camera, and my gold rings and wade through the tourists to get to Jared’s Studio!! I’m so looking forward to making a gold ring….. now all I need is a nice man to marry
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This has been a great week! First of all I spent a day with Jared Sanders , learning how to recycle my scrap silver. I loved the whole process from start to finish – there was something very very gratifying about it !!
First of all the silver is melted down……..
Then its poured into the ingot ……
Which gave us one of these ……
Which was rolled through the rolling mill a few times – annealing every now and then …..
and then this was drawn through the plates until I had my pure silver wire!
Then yesterday I received the exciting news that my work has been accepted into the next PMC Annual! To say that its a huge honor to be amongst such incredible talent is an understatement. I was in a celebratory mood as I arrived at the Axolotl Gallery on Dundas Street in Edinburgh to meet Elmo the 5 year old Owl who was on an outing from Edinburgh Zoo. The handler had the patience of a saint as everyone invariably asked him the same questions over and over again…… Elmo was amazing to watch and was there becuase the paintings in the current exhibition feature Owls. Apparently Elmo did not know that they were only paintings (as far as he was concerned they were real), and he was very much on high alert, keeping his amazing eyes on every painting in the room!!
Finally Elmo was taken home and I got my second piece of good news for the day – my work has been accepted into the gallery. I’m very VERY chuffed
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