February 2012: Kate and Tim Make Their Own Wedding Rings

June 07, 2012

On Friday 17th February, Kate and Tim joined me to make their wedding rings. Kate has lots of previous experience of making jewellery, so Tim had a lot of pressure! Kate made a 4mm wide palladium ring for Tim who made a 2mm platinum wedding ring for Kate. Both metals are worked slightly differently to gold and silver and require more work than usual to make them to a high standard.

By the end of the day both had made absolutely perfect rings, finished to a standard I would be happy to sell.


The original platinum and palladium before it is rolled to the required length. 


Kate rolling the metal 


The correct length


Annealing the palladium wire for 20 seconds. 


Shaping the wire into rings 


Cutting the metal


Before soldering 


Adding several pallions of solder 


Soldering


Checking the size! 


Cleaning up the rings 


Making sure the size is correct


Polishing the platinum ring 


Matting the palladium ring


Platinum and palladium wedding rings