|This is similar to the silver scorpio rings I have made before, but without the enamel|
|I felt that the gold had enough presence without adding a color|
Here are some pictures of the construction. It was made from a necklace I bought at a thrift store. I spend a lot of time in thrift stores and garage sales, sometimes it pays off.
Well constructed necklace with a fancy clasp. The construction was the give-away that it wasn't costume. Gold jewelry is not constructed in a shoddy manner. Plus it had a mark they missed on the catch. I saved the catch.
Melty melty. Or I could have worn it with my shirt open and chest hair out. Oh wait, no chest hair. Hmmm. Melty.
This is the stage when I figured out if I had enough material to pull this project off.
Rolled out. Lots of heating and rolling. The mill is like a pasta machine, but for metal.
Stamped and cut out. I used a circle punch/cutter for most of it.
14k gold solder. I think I have more money in the solder than the rest of the ring.
17 solder operations at this point
The left overs from the deign cut-out were melted again. We use all parts of the gold around here.
Formed. I left part of the design hanging over to be filed away. It makes the design seem more finished or complete.
I figured out that I had enough material left to put a sleeve inside to add to the heft.
There is one step missing here. I formed the inside ring into a complete and soldered ring of nearly the same size, flanged one end in slightly and used a car jack set up to push it in. Then a lot of aneling and stretching to get to the correct size.
This was a fun project. Since I got the gold so cheap I think I have about $12 in this. Plus maybe 10 hours of work. But I don't work too fast or too hard. The melt value is about $400 or so, but I plan to keep this one.