Making an Obsidian Timascus Ring and Flame Coloring it

by Patrick Adair on January 16, 2019

Today I am going to be making a ring out of timascus which is one of my new favorite materials. We get our timascus from Alpha Knife Supply. I think the timascus colors and striped pattern will look really cool on this ring. After I am done creating the shape of this ring, I want to heat anodize it to help bring out even more of its unique colors. I sell rings like this and other unique material rings on my website, so go check it out!

The Process: The first step I needed to do was to cut off a piece of the timascus from the rod I had. After I cut the blank off, it was time for me to cut a hole out of the center, using my center drill. Once I had the hole cut out, I needed to trim away more of the material using my boring bar. Once I had the size and pattern that I wanted, I stopped trimming away the material. I then decided I wanted to add bevels to the ring without rounding out the edges. I used my boring bar to create the bevels.

I wanted to use 400 grit sandpaper on my belt sander, to create tons of different bevels on the rings to give it a really unique texture and look. As my belt sander was running, I changed the angle of the ring and moved the ring around. I continued this process until the entire surface of the ring had been hit by the belt sander. I then needed to use a really coarse polish to help even out the surface and make sure it was really smooth.

My last step, was to clean of the ring really thoroughly, before I heat anodized it. This cleaning process was very important, because if I had any impurities before I heat anodized it, it would affect the finish of the ring. Now it was time for me to start heat anodizing the ring. To do this, I put the ring of a wire that was hooked to my lathe. This wire would then spin as I was using the blow torch to heat up the material. I wanted the ring to spin at a constant speed, so the heat was even distributed through the ring. Once the ring started to heat up, the color started to change. It went from a bronze color, to a blue, to a purple. I decided to stop heating up the ring when I got to the blue and purple color range, and now the ring was finished! We have a really cool pattern carved into the ring, and then a whole new pattern from the timascus.

3 comments
by Jeremy on March 07, 2019

Does this ring mostly look black with the blue stripes?

by Poopy on February 13, 2019

It’s cool dude

by Tanner on February 03, 2019

How much would you sell this for?

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