My latest commission was a complete joy. I was asked by a lovely and terribly romantic chap from New Zealand to design his wedding rings. What he asked was something I’d never tried before but I was willing to give it a try. He had collected stones, rocks and shells from different places he and his fiance had lived or visited on holiday. He wanted the rocks and shells to be incorporated into the enamel around his wedding rings. After some testing I was confident to try this new technique.
The designs for the bespoke enamelled wedding rings emerged from discussions about their interests. He is a marine biologist and she a botanist. The final design around the enamelled wedding rings starts with the image of a Coast Redwood tree turning into an ocean wave a the other end. The groom wanted the rings to tell a story about the happy couple and fragments of their time together are captured in the enamel rings forever. It’s just too lovely for words.
The following is a series of photos from start to finish of the making of these entirely unique enamelled wedding rings. Enjoy !
Images I was given for inspiration
I should add here that during the layering of enamels I incorporated the Eliot shell, Dunedin sand, prin limestone, fossil, serpentine and slate into the enamel before firing.
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