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Ring-A-Day: Titanium 365

After degreasing the titanium sheet, I covered it with clear tape, then laser etched the outline of the numbers. If you look closely at the number 6, you can see an anodized line where the tape was etched away on both sides.

The number 3 is the color you get at 45volts DC. I chained five 9v batteries together by linking their crowns to get the 45v. Brush on little cola as an electrolyte with the anode, and bzzzzz – you get color.

Next, I took off one battery. The number 5 is the color of 36 volts.

The six was last. It’s 27v. Had I realized that I’d get the nice contrasty outline where the laser etched the tape, I would have added another battery or two and put an outline color on all the numbers first.

Higher voltage spots of anodized color cannot be colored by the lower voltages as the oxide layer builds to refract light, so you work from highest voltage to lowest when you’re “painting” titanium with electricity.

This is ring number 365, if you hadn’t guessed already. It’s the end of my Ring-A-Day project, but by no means is it the end of me making rings. This creative exploration has re-energized me and shown me what I’m capable of creating within the limits of a daily deadline. Please bookmark this site and stop back often to see our newest creative projects. Thanks for being a part of this exploration.


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Ring-A-Day: Sterling Urinal

Early in the Ring-A-Day project, I tried to come up with the most unique setting for a gem, knowing NOTHING about stone setting. After being inspired (or appalled) by some of the crazy items on Regretsy, I decided that a urinal with a yellow gem would definitely be unique. The fire citrine in the base of the urinal was the first gem I purchased after lots of measurements and consulting with John at I’d been looking at Shapeways, to print thing #6261 from Thingiverse, but I needed a person to walk me through it. John was great about this. He understood my requirements and printed two pieces of slightly different sizes. I made a mold of John’s 3D printed urinal and then did some extensive modifications, but largely kept the size and shape. I’m really entertained by how it turned out. It’s a size 8 pinky ring.
I kinda understand how comedians work after making this ring. At first, it’s funny enough to inspire you. Then, you learn everything about it. When you’re ready to present it, you can’t see what’s funny any longer. Your audience reminds you what’s funny about it again.