Wedding Rings Imbued with Care: Working with Ashley

To me, the care and intention behind the creation of an object is what constitutes it’s sacred quality. The personalized articulation of patterns and textures from hand-made pieces make them that much more tangible and impacting as gifts created out of a very human love and compassion.
These sentiments are what brought Ashley Teague, a previous student of mine from my Crucible silver rings classes, to me a this week. She was visiting friends up in Seattle who, after spotting the jewelry adorning her body that she had crafted herself, enthusiastically requested her to make their wedding rings.
Admittedly a bit nervous to craft such significant pieces on her own, Ashley sought me out for guidance. She came to my home studio and we worked on the rings together – thus marking my second one-on-one session [see previous blog-post] this month!

 Here’s Ashley contemplating the silver pieces before we start to work

 

Ashley trims the silver down to the size she wants to use

 

Here she stamps the date of the wedding onto the interior of the bands using my grandfather’s old number stamps

 

Using sandpaper to roll the texture in

 

Placing the silver through the rolling mill

 

Heating the silver to soften so as to form it into a ring

 

Here Ashley saws both ends of the silver straight before beginning soldering 

 

Soldering rings closed

 

Forming the bands of silver into rings using a mallet and a ring mandrel

 

Filing the seams after soldering

 

Placing the rings into patina to alter the metal’s tone

 

After polishing the rings, we’re…

 

Done!

 

It was a delight to have Ashley over and I was more than glad to help her throughout the metal-smithing process. I hope these rings – coming from a place of sincere compassion and dedicaiton that I witnessed firsthand – bring love and happiness to the lucky couple.

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