Elizabeth Anne Norris

Jewellery Designer / Maker

Enamelled Wedding Rings – Start to Finish

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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

Coast redwood tree

Coast redwood tree

Wave motion

Wave motion

Silver with engraved design

Silver with engraved design

Annealled (flame softened) silver

Annealled (flame softened) silver

Bent so the ends join for soldering

Bent so the ends join for soldering

Before and after hammering them round

Before and after hammering them round

Both rings hammered round and acid cleaned for enamelling

Both rings hammered round and acid cleaned for enamelling

Ground glass enamel is applied in layers and fired at 700-800 degrees C

Ground glass enamel is applied in layers and fired at 700-800 degrees C

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.

Fired enamel straight from the kiln

Fired enamel straight from the kiln

Excess enamel is cleaned off with sheets of diamond grit

Excess enamel is cleaned off with sheets of diamond grit

After final firing the rings were polished

After final firing the rings were polished

You can see the sand and shell particles in the enamel

You can see the sand and shell particles in the enamel

The coast redwood tree seen here

The coast redwood tree seen here

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Elizabeth Anne Norris
Designer / Maker / Teacher / Enamels / Jewellery / Cufflinks
info@eanjewellery.com
0777 339 4413

Author: eanjewellery

Handmade jewellery specialising in enamel work

8 thoughts on “Enamelled Wedding Rings – Start to Finish

  1. That’s amazing – beautiful rings and what a story. I hope you got an invite to the wedding – will be a very special day :-))

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