Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Making of the Personalized Initial Rings

My adjustable initial rings are my #1 seller. Then they were featured in the US weekly holiday gift guide, and now there's a literal frenzy over them! While I'm waiting for some material to arrive so I can make more to meet the demand I thought I'd share with you the process of how they are made. They're extra special in that I create each and everyone especially for the recipient, one at a time by hand. Each ring is individually hand stamped with the letters the buyer chooses:

Here I am looking pretty exhausted after having hammered about 25-30 rings.

Below you can see some of the stamps I use.

Then each is formed on a mandrel with a rawhide mallet until they're the desired shape and size

The letters are oxidized to make them stand out, then the rings are lightly sanded to remove extra color and smooth them slightly.

Finally I give each a wax coating to protect and preserve the finish.

The finished product:

Rings can be purchased at http://www.valeriemiscellanea.etsy.com (when available! They sell out quick!)

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