Wedding rings are symbolic of your relationship, making them more personal and important than most jewelry. I can help you create romantic symbols of your love by teaching you how to make them together, with your own hands.

I have been teaching wedding and engagement ring making classes since 2005.  In as few as 4 hours - or as many as 32 hours for the most complicated ring so far - you can experience the beauty of the process of creating objects of art out of the world's most prized materials.

Below are photos to introduce you to some of steps that clients have performed in a few of the different workshops that I offer. Links below the photos provide more specific information.

Raw Materials

gold, silver, and copper ready for alloying
Gold, silver and copper are weighed and ready to melt and alloy into 18k yellow gold.
More info about these alloyed rings. Photo by Sam Abbay.


raw materials yellow and white gold wedding rings simple bands

We often start with a block of precious metal.
More information on Block Wedding Ring Workshops.


Canadian platinum maple leaf bullion coin
Some clients begin with bullion coins. This is a platinum maple leaf coin.
See photos of making bullion coin rings.
Photo by Catherine Skelly.


custom platinum sapphire diamond engagement ring raw materials
This became a custom three-stone sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
More information on Precious Metals. More info on Diamonds and Sapphires.



Fabrication

Melting Platinum

Melting platinum into an ingot.


milling ring stock

A rolling mill will shape the metal ingot into ring stock.


Measuring the thickness of ring stock

I recommend wedding rings between 1 1/2 and 2mm thick.


Annealing platinum ring stock

Here we are annealing a piece of platinum to make it more malleable. We will be putting a
twist in the center of this engagement ring-to-be.


bending rings in a tool

This tool bends rings stock, in addition to stretching and reducing the size of certain rings.


partially completed liner wedding rings

The four half-finished components of a pair of platinum rings with an 18k yellow gold liner.


shaping a wedding ring with a mallet

This customer is simultaneously shaping his ring with a rawhide mallet and rehearsing
his new stand-up routine.


ring on a jeweler's saw

A ring was just cut open by the fine teeth of a jeweler's saw.


soldering a platinum engagement ring

A special alloy of platinum with a slightly lower melting temperature
flows into the seam to create a strong joint.


Sam Abbay watches as a client solders a palladium wedding ring

I am watching closely to make sure you don't make uncorrectable mistakes.


engagement ring engulfed in flame

I really like this photo.


clients working at the bench

Metal artists use flex shaft tools to work on cleaning up the ring after soldering.


View from my studio at night

Ring clean-up from a more urban perspective in my studio in lower Manhattan.
Photo by Sam Abbay, inspired by Joshua Bright.


cleanup engagement ring pre-polish

We have plenty of flex-shafts for left-handed clients.

 

 


Bezel-setting a diamond
A chasing hammer and punch are used to carefully fold the gold bezel over the diamond that is set into his engagement ring. This physicist helped me develop the plasma speaker feature of the ring I'm working on in the next photo.


Sam Abbay on the microscope
Using a microscope, I carefully fold the gold bezel over the diamond in this engagement ring.
More information about my own engagement ring here.

inspecting twisted wedding ring
The detailing is inspected in this twisted white gold ring prior to polishing.


polishing gold wedding rings

I offer a demonstration of polishing - the last step to complete her platinum wedding ring.
Photo by Catherine Skelly.

See photos of Finished Rings

All of the rings on the next page were made by clients in our workshops.

 

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