Category Archives: Ring Making

Associated with the making of any types of rings

Inlay Materials

Minerals make for very good inlay material and look very nice embedded in wood or metal. I inlay different minerals in several type of ring cores including stainless steel, tungsten, and rhodium plated. The materials come in different grades or granularity, most often sand-sized and powder. The powder packs a little more and so gives a more solid look. The sand, being granier, will look a little less solid, but it is still smooth and presents as polished.

Red Coral Sand

Red Coral Powder

Pipestone Sand

Pipestone Powder

Green Malachite Sand

Green Malachite Powder

Chrysocolla Sand

Chrysocolla Powder

Turquoise Sand

Lapis Sand

Lapis Powder

Goldstone Sand

Inlaid Rings

Inlaid rings consist of a core with a channel where the inlay material is placed. Cores and the channels vary in width. Cores are single piece and made from tungsten, stainless steel, or rhodium plated. Inlay material can be minerals like opal or lapis and come in various colors, including solid, translucent, opaque, glowing and glittery. To make the inlaid rings, the material is built up on the core, turned on the lathe, sanded, buffed, and then polished to a high luster. Pretty much the sky is the limit. This type of ring can come in just about any size. One disadvantage of this kind of ring is that it cannot be resized. Inlay material often comes in more than one grain size, often sand or powder. Powder packs more tightly and will not show the graininess as much as the sand-sized material. Some inlay material has amounts of impurities included, but I try to get the best quality possible for a cleaner, purer look.

Pictures coming soon!