How I made Alexander’s wedder – August 2011

This ring was fabricated using old 18ct gold rings given to me by Alex’s mother, including a ring which belonged to Alex’s late father.   This gold was melted into an ingot and then rolled to suitable thicknesses to make the outer band with the cut out pattern and the inner sleeve.   Next all the off-cuts were again melted into a bar which was then rolled into the square wire which became the outer bands.

Step 1- Work out the design using graph paper- taking into consideration the finger size, thickness of each component and pattern matching

Step 2- Scribe the pattern onto a strip of gold

Step 3- Pierce out the pattern with a jewellers saw then   refine with small files and emery paper

Step 4- Form into a ring

Step 5- Make the inner sleeve- stamp with appropriate hallmarking

Step 6- Form the outer square bands

Step 7- Slide the top sections onto the sleeve.  This must be a snug fit and the ring size must be correct as this ring cannot be re-sized, then solder into place

Step 8- File, emery then polish.