- 4 years ago
Having done the hard work choosing an engagement ring, it’s time for me to treat myself to a wedding band! (the proposal worked well!)
I love mokume woodgrain styles that imitate real woodgrain (e.g. MG-020RWSE.jpg), but almost all of them have ugly seams somewhere along the band where the flat piece of metal is finally joined to make a ring. I think it’s important that a wedding band not have any visible seam — I find them really off-putting.
There are various techniques to avoid seams, but most of them result in tremendous amounts of waste metal and are too expensive for a gold mokume ring. I’ve found a few small operators using an unusual technique to make these rings seamlessly. The technique is described here: http://www.alberic.net/Student_Home/Handout_Archive/files/Mokume%20Rings-V1.5-STD.pdf and here: http://danaenatsis.com/2012/06/25/mokume-at-last/
What’s interesting is the big players in mokume are not using this technique and still have seams in their rings. I’m a little nervous ordering from these small websites that have few photos and no reviews but use the seamless technique, but I really would like a seamless mokume ring!!
Anyone know anything else about these techniques, have any experience purchasing, or any other ideas??