Making the Storm Ring

by Patrick Adair on February 28, 2020

In this kit, a new special brand of Patrick Adair’s polished is included. Along with this is a resin blank. The blank is unrelated to the rest of the ring set but the makers thought it would be interesting to see what other ring makers could do with it. The uncolored purple powder is included as well. There is a purple color pigment included as well but is not used in the making of this particular ring. It does make for a great option so that the color of your ring can match the amethyst that is used for the main texture color. A white ceramic pre-cut ring is included as well.


It all starts with a ceramic blank and white pigment that glows purple in the dark. The ceramic ring is light and is made resilient so that it does not chip or scratch easily. The blank is fitted on a device that allows the ring maker to craft, glue and, shapes the blank. The blank is then interlaced with glue so that amethyst small chunks can be added to it to give the ring its unique rock features and contrast while glowing.  


For the glow substance, a powder is selected that in normal light is white, what that matches well with the ceramic that is to be used with the ring. The glow powder glows especially bright in the dark and is purple-colored to match the amethyst that is already in the ring to give it its theme.


Hot air is blown on the product so that it may dry faster, especially during the wintertime when your workspace might be colder than optimal. The ring is set with accelerator and is allowed to dry for ten minutes before being shaped again. The Dremel bit is then used with the roughest pieces to shape down the ring. The highest pieces of amethyst are focused on first to ensure that everything is in line with the ring blank.


Attempts are carefully made while shaping down the amethyst to not accidentally hit the ceramic ring itself. Though tough and scratch-resistant, the Dremel bit can still scratch and damage it before being finished. Ring-makers usually start very aggressively on the unfinished ring but then become more careful as the bits come closer to their final shape. 


The unfinished ring is then oiled down on its drill bit and finely sanded down to work towards its finished finish. It has a dab of polished added to it to give it a final shine. The final product is simple but amazing to look at.  Twice as much amethyst is used in this particular ring than what would usually be used for other rings. This allows the ceramic used to pop more in the final product. 


The product is then inspected to ensure that there are no air bubbles in the finish, make sure the inlay is smooth and clean looking. One more reason why they took their time with the polish was to insure that smooth finish. 

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