Posted by Viljo Marrandi on September 10, 2013
It’s been a while since my last ring engraving, but here is the next one. This time it’s a gold wedding ring made by Ljudmila Funika-Müür.
Ring itself was only 4mm wide, so I couldn’t engrave anything too complicated there. It was also concave D-shaped, so it would’ve been very difficult, or impossible to do a precise pattern transfer to it. I went old school and drew directly with pencil to the metal. It was repeating pattern and didn’t cause too many problems. The white background color is just watercolor, so pencil would stick better and be more visible.
Here’s the final result with background removed and blackened. This photo is much bigger than real life, so mistakes are easily spotted. It actually looks very good.
Posted by Viljo Marrandi on February 24, 2012
A project I’ve been wanting to do a long time – to engrave a signet ring. So finally one client came along who wanted exactly that and I was more than happy to do it.
Ring itself is 925 sterling silver one and was very nicely engrave-able. As this was my first such project, it was learn-as-you-go process, and learn I did.
First thing is that the engraving has to be rather deep, so the wax impression has enough contour and relief. Too much fine detail isn’t needed, because it wouldn’t be transferred to wax anyway. Of course the fine detail doesn’t hurt, because then the ring itself looks good.
Here is the final result:
Engraved signet ring
Wax impression close-up. The stars not having sharp and deep edges is because the wax doesn’t transfer all the fine detail in the engraving – it looks fine there.
Wax impression from signet ring
Here are the checks I did during engraving to see what and where needs to be changed on the ring:
Signet ring and wax impressions
All in all a very interesting and educating project.
Posted by Viljo Marrandi on February 27, 2011
This had to happen sooner or later – engrave some jewelry. It’s a first try with a new technique, so I started out cheaply – sterling silver ring done in lumenesque style. Basically a modified bright cut for jewelry. Very bright and shiny indeed.
Engraving was quite a challenge, as there are two radii to follow with a graver (ring itself and the curved surface) and I have no muscle memory for this yet. Cuts are made with highly polished graver to make the cut surfaces mirror-like. Surprisingly, it came out quite all right.
Here’s the final result.
Ring engraving close-up
Ring on a finger
Few more practices, then I can make one to rule them all.
This one is currently on sale, contact me for a price.