Well, there's been a lot of buzz about DWARVES lately. I have no idea, there was some kind of movie or something, and there seems to be this huge hype about a ring... I dunno.
(I'm just joking, I got inspired by The Hobbit of course..)
Couldn't help thinking how great it would be to make a ring for a Dwarven female. For decades I wanted a ring with a classic cut, tapered and in gold. Also, whenever I mention I'm a goldsmith, people seem to get this image of me standing at the anvil hammering a gold bar into jewelry. Preferably dressed in nothing but a leather apron.
I have NOT been nice this year, so I doubt Santa will bring me anything. I'll just had to make my own present!
So I figured "Why not!" Let's make a chunky gold ring, properly forged by the anvil (while wearing clothes, though).
Using "extra red" gold, a beautiful shade of gold that is a LOT more difficult than regular gold this baby is polished smooth on the sides while the top sports the crude surface where my worn hammer shaped the metal.
I had to go to town properly on that sucker - the alloy is HARD to shape - at least in the quantity needed. Started out with a small cast bullion 7 x 7 x 40 mm and did all the shaping by hand.
It's MY precious!