Crude

I first made one of these when I had built up a certain amount of 9ct yellow gold scrap and didn’t want to sell it for the pittance I knew I would get for it. I melted it into a blob and hammered it out into a bar, breaking my hammer in the process. (I fixed and have bought more appropriate hammers since). This was before I had a rolling mill, and the end result was unusual but lovely. It’s quite a knack to melt small amounts of gold without the oxidation messing up the purity, but I’m pretty good at it now. The art is now getting the right degree of crudeness, as it has become easier with practice to make them more uniform than when I was flying by the seat of my pants.

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I first made one of these when I had built up a certain amount of 9ct yellow gold scrap and didn’t want to sell it for the pittance I knew I would get for it. I melted it into a blob and hammered it out into a bar, breaking my hammer in the process. (I fixed and have bought more appropriate hammers since). This was before I had a rolling mill, and the end result was unusual but lovely. It’s quite a knack to melt small amounts of gold without the oxidation messing up the purity, but I’m pretty good at it now. The art is now getting the right degree of crudeness, as it has become easier with practice to make them more uniform than when I was flying by the seat of my pants. Details of the handmade wedding bands made in the crude forged style are as follows:

Photo 1: Palladium

Photo 2: 9ct white gold

Photo 3: 9ct white gold

Photo 4: 9ct yellow gold

Photo 5: 14ct white gold

Photo 6: Yellow gold reclaimed from electronics

Photo 7: Chunky platinum with twist

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