Sometimes here at Walker Goldsmiths we get so busy creating, making and getting jewelry out to our wonderful customers that a beautiful custom piece can squeak right past us without getting its picture taken. This was the case with the lovely Custom Wedding Ring with an Overlap Braid Design for Heather. Then David sent Heather’s ring to us for refurbishing and I had a chance to take a photo.
I really struggled with this design when carving the wax. The ring had to be braided up to the center stone and diminish in size from the stone down to the shank bottom. Keep the same braid effect yet shrink in width! It really gave me troubles!!! And both sides had to be the same! Yikes!! I was challenged to say the least. It’s really not a braid in the 3 strand sense but actually an overlap effect with 2 strands. I really wanted to do this piece since textile art is my first craft love. Spinning and weaving come natural to me, so to take a textile effect and create it in metal was something I wanted to do. I even attempted to make it in strands of wax to cast, but that turned into a mess and it was back to square one. David wanted a nice big stone for Heather, so Owen found them a beautiful 1 carat Diamond and I was back to the drawing board.
Struggle as I did, taking it slow and easy with lots of meditation I carved that Custom Wedding Ring with an Overlap Braid design. Owen lost wax cast the ring in 14kt White Gold and set the 1 carat diamond in a tube bezel.
I think it turned out beautiful! Thank you for this challenge, David and Heather, Walker Goldsmiths really love this ring.