• Sterling Silver casting grains
• Australian Opal
• 14kt gold
• Fancy cut blue topaz
“lost wax” technique is called this because the wax model is destroyed in order to create the piece. This technique is sometimes called the “lost mold” technique because the mold, too, is destroyed in the process. I hand cut the ring shank out of a wax tube to my desired width. Then sand both sides to a smooth even finish. The bottom cuts were made in wax with my hand saw. The center of the ring is shaped using a Ring Tube Sizer. I use my hand files and scalpel blade to make all the channels for inlay. The bezel is made in the same method as the ring shank. The casting is a process of flask and pour method. Once both components of the ring are casted they are ready to be soldered together. Using hard silver solder to fuse the 14kt gold bezel to hold the blue topaz.
I hand picked lightning ridge opal stones. The picking process of the stones is meticulous. I put them in a black pan with water and let the stones show their color so I can find the color I am looking for. Once I find my color I then hand cut each piece of opal on my 4” saw then place each clean cut piece of opal in the channel for a close clean fit. For artistic flare I put silver strips here and there. I used a 2 part epoxy to secure the opal and silver strips in place. Once the epoxy cured I then ground the opal and strips using my Genie machine to a flush finish. Once I got the opal to a flush finish it was time for the blue topaz to be set. I used the gem setting hammer on my jewelers Dermal to close the bezel around the blue topaz. The ring is now complete and ready to be high polished using the buffer.
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