Randy Posted January 13, 2012 Share Posted January 13, 2012 I’ve had what I thought were strange requests over the years, but this one is the strangest one yet. I’ve had to do fireplace tools with German short haired pointers on the handles, hood ornaments of a monster and one as a pointing hand, requests for chastity belts that always fell through, and even a 22” diameter Easter egg to list a few and then this one comes along. I received an email from a gentleman in Minnesota asking for my help. Here was his request: “I have been searching the internet for information about forging Titanium. I came across your video on YouTube and saw how you made a dragon handled knife (very cool by the way). In December 2010 I had two vertebrae fussed in my lower back, they implanted some Titanium then in September 2011 they removed it. I now have it. I want to turn it into an engagement ring for my girlfriend and possibly a wedding band for myself. I think you just may be the guy to help me.” He even included an x-ray of the pieces in his back! I thought I had some ideas on how I could achieve this for him so he flew to Pennsylvania and we spent a Saturday working on his project. That’s when I found out he had contacted several jewelers and even some smiths that said what he desired was impossible. Why would they tell him that? Anyway, he proceeds to pull out a little pouch and spread the parts out for me to examine. He said he got a hassle getting through airport security with that. His whole family knew about his project and were excited that he was getting it accomplished. I first tried a ring looking piece to see how the material would forge and they were already looking like a ring. The holes in them were so large that there wasn’t much material left on the sides and it tore through at those points before I could stretch it enough to get the size ring required. The threaded pins were the solution. Then he asks if there is some way that I can make a mounting for a diamond? Oh, boy. I saw there was a hole about 1/2" deep in the end of the stud. I bent the stud at a 90 degree and stretched the hole out to fit the diamond that he had brought along. He was prepared! Then I flattened the threads and shaped it into a ring to the required size. I made the second ring different by squaring and twisting and squaring again. I ended up making three rings total, an engagement ring and a wedding band for him and her. Unfortunately I do not have photos of all three. I wire wheeled them and he was going to buff them to shiny silver and attach the diamond. [ I found out that he had the pieces because his body rejected them. I told him I hoped his intended fiancé didn’t have the same reaction to them. He was thrilled with what I was able to do for him and I got an email right after New Year’s letting me know that she said “yes” and that she loved the rings. He has been having trouble downloading the video and photos he took in my shop and photos of her wearing the ring from his new camera phone, but if I get those I’ll include that later. All in all it was a good, but unusual challenge. I had a good guy to work with, who was very appreciative, and we had a fun day making several people very happy. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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