Friday, November 9, 2012

Russian wedding rings - a work in progress

Hello friends,

This week I have been working on my first version of a 'Russian wedding ring'. If you don't know the name ... I am sure you would have seen them.  ( see photo at end of this post)

The rings are constructed of 3 rings that are interconnected together ( but not actually attached to each other). They are not joined or interlocked.
I believe the significance of this style of ring in Russian culture comes from Christian Orthodox of the 19th Century, it was meant as a representation of the Holy Trinity.

Traditionally the three rings were made from yellow, rose and white gold, but these days it is quite common for the ring to be made out of only one type of metal and also may include diamonds, gemstones and or engraving.

So, now I am attempting to make one using silver for all three rings... I am afraid my skills and finances do not warrant gold, or diamonds.... but maybe one day! One can only aspire!

Half round sterling silver wire is cut in to 3 equal pieces.

The wire is soldered in to a semblance of a circle -  it doesn't matter that it is not round at this stage.

The rings are then hammered in to shape. From here they will be sanded with many grits of sandpaper to achieve a good finish. The edges are slightly chamfered. When all of that is done they will be cut and interlocked and re - soldered, cleaned up and polished... so still quite a way before it is finished!

Here also is a little bird I am having fun with... I might make her in to a brooch... still deciding.



This is what the ring will look like when complete ( I hope!)... except all in silver. ( photo from Google) Hope mine is as lovely and shiny as this!

I hope to show you the finished product in the next week or so.

Until then, have a great weekend,

5 comments:

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Wow - I can't wait to see the finished ring! Love that little bird!!!

Courtney said...

I never knew that style was called a russian wedding ring - see, learned something new today.

I can't wait to see the finished product!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Wow, you make it look so easy! Can't wait to see the finished article.
Deb x

Maplegirl said...

So interesting that they are not fused or joined. A lovely design that reminds me of eternity and connectedness. Can't wait to see your finished ring.
Andrea

Beads said...

Wow! I've just seen the finished piece :-)


Hope you're proud of the masterpiece

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