A fellow craft maker got in touch to ask if they could make their own wedding rings. Here is the process and steps they took to make them:
They started with a solid ring shape of wax which they made to the correct size by scraping out the middle. They wanted faceted edges on both their rings, this was done by filing off the corners at different angles.
Below is the final wax for each of their rings (they each made each others ring)
The next stage was to prepared the cuttle fish bones for using as a mould - they are used because you can press your design into them and they can take the high heat of the molten metal when casting. This is Mark heating up the silver ready to pour into cuttlefish bone:
They didn’t come out too badly for a first attempt. The lines coming off the ring are just where the metal flowed to the air holes and the thin layer around the edge is where is seeped through. This all just has to be cut off but I can be reused afterwards by melting it down and creating something else.
After A LOT of hard work of filing, sanding and polishing. They produced two very impressive silver rings. As you can see they are quite similar to the original wax design they made the mould from.