As the Lathe Turns: Chris & Sandy’s Blog

Titanium Paradise

We made the first ring in our wave series—Eastbourne 1a

How to get a stuck ring off your finger

No, you don’t have to lose your finger in the process! There are several techniques to get the ring off, some of which can be combined.  All the techniques are designed to make your finger smaller temporarily. 

Is a titanium ring really safe to wear?

You've probably heard that titanium is hypoallergenic, but what does that really mean? Although the term is not used in medicine, for practical purposes it means the body does not try to reject it and does not produce annoying reactions such as rashes and other allergic responses. So, even if you've had an unhappy experience with silver, low-karat gold, or other less expensive jewelry, you will not have a problem with titanium!

Making the rainbow solid

Over the years we've had a number of unusual jewelry requests.  One recurring request is for us to make a ring out of titanium implants—screws, rods, plates, etc. Well, we haven't been able to do this because, among other problems, titanium has a very high melting point: about 3,034°F.

We mill our rings out of solid blocks of titanium and most implanted items are too flat or just not big enough.

Making a snowy wedding ring

We had been planning to write a blog entry showing the basic steps of making a ring. So when a couple asked us to photograph the creation of their rings, we were glad to do so. Therese & André were getting married at the Ice Hotel in Sweden, 200 km above the Arctic Circle.

Little cabin in the (titanium) woods

We’re fortunate to live in a gorgeous area with mountains close by in several directions.  One of our first “theme” rings featured a carved mountain range encircling the ring, much like the mountains near us.33 Read the complete blog entry...

What should we engrave in our rings?

Sometimes people wonder what they should have engraved inside their rings. How about, “My first round draft pick”? There aren’t any rules about engraving—you can get whatever you want—or nothing. We have a limit of forty characters (counting spaces as one character each) or you can pay a little extra to get two lines, doubling the length available. We like to include our logo and the metal content but this isn’t absolutely necessary.

Titanium rings with formulas and equations

Yeah, we’re kinda geeky—the Van de Graaff generator and massive slide rule collection confirm it. Numerous times, at art and craft shows we’ve done, we have traded jewelry for electronic oddities. So, it was only a matter of time before some of that started morphing onto our titanium wedding rings.

Our first mathematical ring had Euler’s Equation (also called Euler’s Identity) carved into the titanium and anodized in rainbow colors:

What do butterflies, golf clubs, deer tracks, wrenches, mountains, and tractors have in common? Answer: titanium wedding rings!

We can emboss or carve these and many other themes into titanium wedding rings.  If those themes don’t thrill you or your fiance, how about skiers, fish, barbed wire, waves, mathematical formulas, airplanes, flames, or oak leaves?

We have incorporated all these themes into titanium rings and many have been very popular. Sometimes we carve directly into the titanium ring and sometimes we make dies and strike the images into the rings.  What’s the difference?