View Full Version : What I've been working on.

Dave Opincarne
11-14-2007, 11:15 PM
Ok guys, I promised Joel I'd stop in when I had a chance and post pictures of the last project. The learning curve was sever. I had to learn mokume techniques. The inner bands are copper and silver, the main rings are 14k white gold and the stone is a Montana bi-colored saphire. I did everything but the actual casting of the gold (as in the design and wax carving is all me) and set the stone. The last one is a tie tac I made with a leftover bit and a star saphire enjoy. (oh yea, the man's ring was sized for my paw)





11-14-2007, 11:32 PM
Beautiful work! You are very talented!


11-14-2007, 11:57 PM
Beautiful photos of some great work. You might find this technology interesting for your photography:

Dave Opincarne
11-15-2007, 12:03 AM
Beautiful photos of some great work. You might find this technology interesting for your photography:

Thanks, but if I was shooting it I would have just used my view camera and done a front tilt. These were taken by our wedding photographer.

11-15-2007, 01:06 AM
Nice work Dave.

11-15-2007, 02:17 AM
Howdy Dave.
That's some mighty fine work!
I guess I needn't bother asking how 'things' are going. :D

11-15-2007, 02:20 AM
"Wow!" just doesn't seem to do it justice. But wow!

11-15-2007, 05:53 AM
I hope my wife doesn't see this. Nice work, beautiful design. I hope my wife doesn't see this. I have occasionally remarked to her that I should get back into making jewelery. I haven't made anything in many years and right now I don't need another hobby. It's very tempting though.

Your Old Dog
11-15-2007, 06:21 AM
"Wow!" just doesn't seem to do it justice. But wow!

I have to agree with BadDog on this one. I did that kind of work years ago and this is one of the most beautiful I have seen. The copper intertwined with the silver should wear in beautifully once the copper develops it's patina. If you don't mind my asking what did they charge you for just casting up your wax work?

11-15-2007, 08:03 AM
that looks great! hadn't heard the word mokume but thought it looked a lot like damascus steel, what do you know, it is! :D did you make your own mokume? very impressive

11-15-2007, 08:20 AM
Ditto to all that has been said on your work, beautiful !

That is some interesting digital software.


tony ennis
11-15-2007, 08:21 AM
Those are awesome!

11-15-2007, 08:34 AM
Breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you for posting the pix. I learned something, today. I had never heard of Mokume, before.


A.K. Boomer
11-15-2007, 10:33 AM
Not a ring guy, but if I was --- WOW, I think there stunning.

Nick Carter
11-15-2007, 03:47 PM
Great work, and great pics! It's hard to photograph jewelry well, tell your photographer they could make money taking pics for jewelers.

11-15-2007, 05:20 PM
Hey Dave,
The casting is the fun part. You could be set up with a centrifugal casting machine and an oven for $200. A great hobby!! Alot of fun and you are on your own. Your only limitation is your imagination. If you can carve it in wax you can cast it. Great fun. Your stuf looks wonderful! Fred

Dave Opincarne
11-15-2007, 07:58 PM
Thank all! These weren't cheap, I probibly spent about $2500 for both which is about what I might have spent on simple mokume-gane bands would have cost, but we have something truely unique. Aimee gets a lot of comments on her's and I still get a thrill hearing her gloat. But I figure I got off cheap since Aimee's ring was originaly envisioned as two mated rings and she wanted a saphire rather than a diamond. The jeweler charged around $125 for casting plus gold. Having the stone set was about $70. I'd like to get a casting setup, but I needed to get these done in time for the wedding (just made it) so this time it was better to have it done.

Speaking as a former pro, I think there's a lot more money in shooting weddings.

11-15-2007, 09:15 PM
Hey Dave,nice rings!

So now I know what(who)has been keeping you busy:D

Congrats to the two of you!

J Tiers
11-15-2007, 09:47 PM
Having done jewelery making and metal sculpture, and having taken courses under, and seen the work of, some good teachers (like Heikke Seppa) who are very good at mokume (and other things).....

I STILL say those are some of the nicest mokume patterns I have seen. And I very much like the way they work in the rings.

Excellent work!

11-16-2007, 11:05 AM
Dave and Aimee, may you be blessed with a long, happy, prosperous and fruitful marriage.

Best wishes to the both of you.