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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-30-2007, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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swirling precious metal...possible?

hey all

most of you know by now i'm getting married in August. I can't seem to find a wedding ring a really really like...I started thinking that it might be cool to do a trans-swirl on a 14k white gold ring.

Is that a doable thing?

The only ring i've found so far that does anything for me is this one...
http://www.billbarnes.com/product.asp?product=14672

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That's a pretty nice looking ring!
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That's a gorgeous ring, lucky girl, and cool idea!!
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-31-2007, 11:04 PM
 
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

Could you explain a little more in detail what you want? You want like a 2 color swirl of 2 different metals? Like a gold/white gold swirl?
I'm thinking that you want the "gaps" in that ring to be yellow gold for example.

Also, if you're considering to buy a white gold ring check that you're fiancee is not allergic to Nickel. The term "white gold" groups a lot of gold alloys: gold/silver, gold/nickel, gold/palladium, etc. The Pd is the most expensive but it's hypoallergenic, remember to ask the salesman first.

Oh, and best wishes for your wedding!

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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

Cool Idea for sure!
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

I wonder if there is a way to do this using "Anodizing"?
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

I think the swirling surface might be too small?
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

I think the problem would be getting the 2 metals to bond, they'd probably seperate out as they cooled, best of asking a jeweller tho.

Congratulations by the way
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

I like the idea.

What you can try doing is get a "small" sample of each of your desired metals, heat them up to their pliable heat and hammer them into each other, twisting as you go. That should create a swirl effect for you. Then you can shape it into a ring and get a pro to finish it off for you with the carvings/engravings.

... OR ...

pass your idea to a pro and make it his/her problem. will be big bucks I imagine.
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

Ibateur is right, that would produce the most asthetically pleasing effect. But would require a good jeweller to pull it off..

your best be would be to make some sketches of the ring (or idea) (in circular and opened out rectangular form) and wave it infront of some jewellers noses... its very hard to get stuff done in the UK for a decent price.. so i would imagine the US is probably the same... Its such a problem that it was cheaper for a friend to travel to switzerland twice to consult the jeweller and then to have it fit and take it back.. crazy
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

hey all. thanks for the discussion.

First off, the ring will be the ring that I wear. Her ring has been purchased already.

I was actually thinking not of melding two tones of gold together, but actually starting with a 14k white gold ring (or some 'silver' color metal) and makeing some kind of swirly pattern to it...

the trans-swirl idea came from Herc's website a few years back where he swirled the guitar, but you could still see the grain of the wood underneath....probably used multi colored stains, rather than paint.

I would love to have a silver-color ring with hints of red and black in it...that's kinda what i was getting at here.
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Re: swirling precious metal...possible?

Kenny.... remember the old tri colored gold chains and such from the 80's? Cool idea maybe you could find a custom jeweler who could help.
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Maybe something like white and yellow gold with a black onyx inlay.....
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I still think anodizing would be your best bet.
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