Carole Leonard

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I was commissioned to make a pure gold ring.  Starting with 24ct. gold granules I melted them into a charcoal mould to form a strip. This was then hammered to the correct dimensions.  The ends were welded around a charcoal chore into a rough ring shape.  I did not use solder as this would have added impurity to the metal.  The ring was then hammered into it's final form and size.  Pure gold is twice the weight of silver so the ring felt really good on the hand, the look was simple and pure.  It will be interesting to see this ring after a few years of wear, as it is quite soft it will record the wearer's life and will become more personal to her as time passes.

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