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  • Description
    • Wax
    • Sterling Silver casting grains
    • Australian Opal
    • 14kt gold
    • Spinel gem

    “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 sun and the moon 14kt gold bezel.
    For the lapidary aspect I hand picked lightning ridge opal stones. The picking process of the stones is meticulous. To find one stone to fit the whole channel is rare so 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 Spinel setting. I used the gem setting hammer on my jewelers Dermal to close the bezel around the Spinel. The ring is now complete and ready to be high polished using the buffer.

    The Sun & Moon represents how the sun symbolizes firmness, strength and power while the moon represents calmness, beauty, nurturing.

    Sun & Moon

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