Carter came to work with me again. We fabricated a silver ring for fun. First he rolled out some thick silver wire in the rolling mill. He formed two size 8 bands from the slightly flattened metal. We made a small bezel and soldered it to a flat sheet for a backing. He soldered them all together and we set a cool Michigan greenstone called chorastrolite in the bezel. He polished it up and got to take it home that day.
Fabrication gives you instant gratification and is often a great way to make parts injunction with traditional cast pieces. It is great to have the know-how to create a part for repair or in an emergancy.
Denice always regretted setting a peridot in her ring when the original trillion blue zircon, got damaged.
I told her, that in the event we could not find a new blue zircon trillion cut stone in budget, we could rework the ring to accommodate a different shape stone.
We found a nice round stone that she was happy with.
I got to work, first, cutting off the old trillion gallery.
It left a huge hole and seat that needed to be filled. I did a controlled melt of white gold to fill the hole. I slowly brought the ring to the melting point and added beads of gold. Then pulled back the flame. I kept adding small beads of white gold until it was filled in. No solder was used.
I grind, sanded and shaped the area smooth.
I lasered on a fabricated “donut” of gold for the new seat/gallery.
I tack lasered on a big prong and then soldered it in place.
I cut a seat and set the stone.
Cleaned up and polished. The ring does not look like it went through a major remodel.