DIY wedding rings - from start to finish
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Best of Imgur
The tiny tabletop furnace and crucible where the gold for our rings was alloyed (18k gold is 75% gold, 12.5% silver and 12.5% copper).
The mold where the molten metal was cast, forming an ingot the size of a domino but half as thick.
Strips are cut from this bar.
Ta-da! That's for my ring.
I had a harder job, his ring obviously needed to be bigger, so the strip was longer.
We went through a lot of saw blades. They are so delicate, the smallest misalignment or jerky movement would break them.
Next, the strips go through this press to round off the sharp cut edges.
The strips are bent into a ring using these fancy pliers.
After going through another press to create a good circular shape, the goldsmith soldered the ends together.