My Benchtop Methods.

March 9, 2009

When I started jewellery making I simply copied my teacher, as most young learning jewellers would do. My journeyman, Shane, was left handed, but used his hanging motor and soldering with his right hand. That was because his journeyman was right handed. I am left handed as well, so because of copying my journeyman, I […]

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Bubble Diamond Ring and Titanium Men’s Ring

March 1, 2009

I make this type of ring out of a solid piece of titanium. Then I add the 18kt gold, which is riveted to the body of the ring. Making this type of ring is a lot of grunt work, but not particularly difficult. I drill out the center, then file it out with a rat […]

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Two Unusual Rings

February 27, 2009

Here is something different. This design is Anne’s and my client’s and this ring was somewhat challenging to make . Untried territory…. To be sure, this is not my style and in there lies the rub… it is  good to make things that you would not normally make. Forces one to make things that are […]

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Making Small Screws and a Bearing Housing.

February 8, 2009

This is a short Hidi ( how I do it ) on how I make some screws and a small bearing housing for a spinning ring. A Hidi on how to make a complete spinning ring can be found here. I order the bearings from SMB bearings in the UK at In this Hidi […]

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Of Pearl Rings and Broken Down Pendants

February 6, 2009

Pearl ring and Russian wedding band. Her old gold. Those balls at the bottom of the pearl ring is something I learnt from the American goldsmiths. In SA I had never seen this method of making a ring stay upright on a older lady’s finger. Works very well, too. Another pearl ring in white gold. […]

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More Rubies and the Saga of The Knife

January 30, 2009

I made this ruby ring last year and she brought it in for some more rubies to be set alongside the main one. This ruby has a large vane like inclusion in it, which I took a picture of under my microscope. I wondered if it was flux filled, or had some other shenanigans done […]

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Fused and Bashed Ring and Titanium Zircon Ring

January 28, 2009

This is a new replacement ring. 18kt white and yellow gold. A couple of posts back I made one and I thought it was to wide at 22mm and I was the moer-in with myself because it came out at 20 grams which is heavier than I like rings to be. Well, it sold, so […]

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Results of Refining and Mokumé-gane Ring

January 25, 2009

This bangle is the result of the gold that was refined in the previous post I did. The bangle is double walled, i.e I made the outside first and then after that was finished, I made an inside “liner” so that the inside of the bangle is smooth. So what I did is to roll […]

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Refining 14kt Gold In Your Backyard.

January 18, 2009

This is a method for taking old gold and refining it to about 23kt. When I do this I regard the gold as 22kt, and I alloy it accordingly down to 18kt or 14kt. This gives me a safety margin so the gold is a slightly higher purity than I stamp it. Safety disclaimers notwithstanding, […]

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New Spinning Ring

January 16, 2009

  This is the latest commissioned spinning ring I have made. The main stone is my customers stone, a 7.52ct Imperial topaz, a beautiful stone material wise, but cut too shallow, so I had to close the bottom off. This then reflects light back and does not allow the finger to be seen through the table […]

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