Almost a year ago, I sneaked off and made Anaïs an engagement ring. Since I had so much fun, and since the wedding is coming up, we went back in and made our wedding bands at the same place, Scintillant Studio, and in the same way. Get ready for a bunch of photos!
We used recycled white gold for the rings. Here's what it looked like when we started.
I cannot say enough good things about Adam, the owner of Scintillant Studio. Not only is he smart and knowledgeable, but he's an excellent teacher as well. Thanks, Adam!
Anaïs is melting the gold with a torch. This purifies the gold, and also lets us pour it into the ingot mold.
Pouring the molten gold into the ingot mold.
The poured gold forms an ingot.
Anaïs, densifying the ingot.
Every time you do mechanical work on the gold, it gets weaker. Annealing (heating with a torch) repairs the damage and re-strengthens the gold.
Squeezing the gold between these rollers gives it its cross-sectional shape. It's called "milling".
Then we bent the rings into roughly circular shapes.
Anaïs is soldering shut the gap in Daniel's ring.
After that, there's a lot of sanding ...
... and grinding (on a rotary tool, here) ...
... and polishing.
All finished! I can't wait to wear mine.
I also want to give a shout-out to Octavia Hunter, our wedding photographer. She took all these amazing photos and we’re very happy with her work. Thanks, Octavia!