16 March, 2011

Titanium Aura

This was the ring I made whilst completing my silver smithing course.

I did my course at FIO Contemporary on James Street in Brisbane and Matt is a brilliant and encouraging teacher.

The ring is worn on three fingers, made of sterling silver with a ‘titanium aura’ crystal cluster as the centre piece.

I fashioned three rings in the usual manner and soldered them togther. Rather than using a flat piece of metal to sit the crystal on top of the rings, the base had to be made out of wax and then cast in silver to replicate its unique shape and contours underside, and give it strength and stability. The crystal is quite brittle so it was important that it was well supported underneath.

The crystal is claw set in multiple places. It may not look like such small claws could hold a huge piece in place but this type of setting is actually very resilient.