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Model Specifics and Processes:

Model Specifics and Processes: Please note that I work titanium and stainless steel interchangeably so that any model I have referred to in a particular metal (titanium or stainless) can be substituted for the other by simply changing the model prefix: ‘Ti’ for titanium or ‘ST’ for stainless steel.

Ti 800 FT's:
simple flat top titanium bands, individually handcrafted to order: (4mm to 10mm widths and in any dimension in between, thickness as specified from 1.25mm through 3mm, 'rolled edge' or 'pipe-cut') with my proprietary comfort-fit. That includes my hand-laid, rich satin finish for light play and durability

Ti 800 Crn's:
simple domed or 'crowned', comfort-fit, individually handcrafted pure titanium bands, made to order (3mm to 8mm widths in any 1/4th mm increment between) which includes my hand-laid, rich satin finish for light play and durability.

* The ‘satin grain’ finish is cut freehand with 80 to 100 grit emery cloth and cutting oil followed by hand rubbing with an abrasive pad, cut as deeply as I can so that it doesn't readily burnish off like commercial 'brushed' finishes tend to do). The domed shape may be custom tailored from a low 'barrel' shape to a high 'full half-round. I use a medium crown as my stock standard, about 2.3mm thick.

*High polished finishes are an option on most models including the above mentioned ‘Dome’ shape. Polished finishes are best applied to the medical grade stainless steel I use in addition to titanium. Stainless takes a beautiful, mirror like polish and provides a much whiter, platinum like color.

Ti 805, Ti 822, Ti 815 and other more involved geometric shapes
The same care is given to their finish and fitting to insure the finish will last as long as possible under normal to hard wear while remaining completely serviceable for years to come (building in provisions for sizing and refinishing).

Example: I recently had my model GT 524-M in white gold with a 2mm cast-in-place titanium center come back for restoration after being lost in the customer's washing machine agitator for over two years and receiving what I'm guessing would have been eighty to ninety washings (being tumbled and banged around for all that time) . . . it took less than five minutes for me to restore it to absolutely new condition with no evidence, whatsoever it had been abused. This was only possible due to the care and forethought that had been given in the original making of the ring.

Dual-Finish models: Ti 281, Ti 822-DBL Ti 852, Ti 585-Dual & Ti 885, etc.
Available in either domed or flat top profiles and may be custom tailored accordingly. This series includes my ‘Hammer-tone’ models, all of which incorporate subtle steps or grooves that I use to separate the bright from the textured finishes and are among the most durable finishes I offer.

The textured surfaces are first deeply etched by sandblasting with an especially aggressive abrasive media under high pressure to create a texture and then followed by a lighter blast with a very fine glass bead media to add luster and light play for a ‘finished’ look. In most cases, I re-cut and hand finish the bright sections after sandblasting to remove any feathering and create as much definition between the two finishes as possible. This is entirely a freehand process that I have strived to perfect.

Carbon-Fiber Models: Ti 850-CF, Ti 805-CF, Ti 852-CF's & Ti 855-CF's:
I make each piece personally from scratch and entirely by hand by building the carbon fiber directly into coarsely sandblast channel I cut approximately 1.5mm deep into the titanium or stainless steel ring body.

From that point, I wind in a single strand of carbon fiber 'yarn' or filament that is pre-impregnated with thermally curing epoxy until I attain an over-build. I then wrap the piece with metal shim-stock (heavy foil) and bind it to keep it under pressure while I bake it in a programmable kiln for about four hours. Once it is cooled to approximately 110 degrees, I remove it from the oven and trim off the excess material by 'turning' on my lathe, followed by wet sanding and hand lapping to a final polish.

By using this process, I get a very dense fill of carbon fiber that provides for a unique, slightly translucent 'black satin' appearance that doesn't require a topcoat of resin. In addition, I can always replace the carbon fiber if ever it were necessary but so far I haven't had any returns in the twelve or more years that I've been offering these models.

TG series (titanium or stainless steel with integrally cast gold inlays) TG 801-NS, TG 803, TG 804, TG 826, TG 828, including diamond-set models:
The above models utilize a technique that involves creating approximately 1.5mm deep channels or pockets in a titanium or stainless steel ‘base ring’ into which I cast molten yellow, rose or white gold using the identical lost wax casting process that is used to cast dental gold fillings and bridgework. This technique for creating gold inlays into another metal is normally referred to as ‘bi-metal casting’. Once the cast precious metal is chilled from its molten state, I can manually machine both metals together as one. All of my ‘TG’ series bi-metal models are made this way and although it is especially 'process intensive’; the end result is a very deep insertion of gold, free from solder or welds. A side benefit of this process is that since gold shrinks at a rate between 7% and 15% as it chills from its molten to solid state, so the gold elements retain an omni-directional 'vise-like' grip for the life of the ring.

My tri-color model TG 827 requires two independent casting processes, amounting to approximately five hours each.

However time consuming, I feel very strongly that my method of assembly as noted above, is as of yet, the very least compromised assembly of its kind anywhere in the world today.

GT & GS series: the GT (gold & titanium) and GS (gold and stainless steel)s
Refer to my solid gold models with titanium or stainless steel accents that I make in just the reverse manner as my TG series noted above.

These models are quite unique in that I cast the gold body of the ring in one solid mass directly around the titanium or stainless steel center accent, which is a complete ring unto itself. The only assembly involved takes place while forming the initial wax model that I machine in two parts and then ‘sandwich’ the harder metal centerpiece in a telescoping manner between the two wax components, sealing them with a hot tool and molten wax. The higher melting point of titanium, stainless steel, platinum and palladium allow me to cast the lower melting gold alloys directly around the aforementioned metals without blending the two together.

The process is fairly simple ‘lost wax’ casting although the preparation is considerably involved and quite time consuming as does it require a high level of skill. I cast each piece personally and only one to a casting mold, after which I re-machine the completed assembly to the desired shape and specifications followed by traditional freehand finishing.

The final construction is exceptionally strong and durable, such that I seriously doubt that one will ever wear out in this lifetime and in most cases well beyond.

Example: I recently had my model GT 524-M in white gold with a 2mm cast-in-place titanium center come back for restoration after being lost in the customer's washing machine agitator for over two years and receiving what I'm guessing would have been eighty to ninety washings (being tumbled and banged around for all that time) . . . it took less than five minutes for me to restore it to absolutely new condition with no evidence, whatsoever it had been abused. This was only possible due to the care and forethought that had been given in the original making of the ring.

 
 

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