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This couple wanted to do something different for their engagement.

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They said, “We are getting married this summer. We opted to make our own rings and decided on fairly simple 18k white gold bands. The raw material is melted and poured into a cast.”

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“This is what the cast looks like. There is something really cool about the idea that our rings will be made out of the same piece of metal.”

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“The ingot begins the slow process of getting stretched and squished. Essentially it goes through a series of industrial strength pasta presses – one to “square” the ingot (pictured here) and then another to flatten the metal to the approximate width/thickness.”

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“Again, using the magic of levers, the band begins to take shape.”

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“This is actually a pretty slow process, as you want to shape the band without giving it a twist or breaking the metal.”

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“Once the ends come together, the excess is sawed by hand (gold is expensive and even the little shavings are scavenged for processing and recycling). Not pictured, but the ring is then pressed in a series of decreasingly small cone-shaped sizers until the ends meet.”

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“Once the ends come together, the ring is soldered with slightly softer gold. This is very difficult – there isn’t much difference between the melting point of the band and the metal used for the solder.”

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“There is a missing photo here, but the ring is placed in a circular roller that both shapes the top and increases interior diameter.”

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“The interior, once shaped, is pretty rough. Smoothing is done via rotary tool, sandpaper, polishing cloth, and whatever else you can get your hands on that will remove material smoothly.”

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“Blurry but you can see the interior is becoming nice and smooth.”

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“Just about done – they look pretty good here but they need a good final polish….”

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“…. which happens nice and quickly.”

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“The finished product! We are very excited to wear these rings”