That’s it. It’s been decided. I officially decree this amazing hand-carved, wax cast, silver Hannya mask ring Custom’s “herald of the fall.” Over the past few weeks, school has gotten underway, the air has become crisper, and the pumpkin-flavored treats have come out in full force. So around Custom jewelry, I’ve been waiting for the perfect custom ring to transition us from the final golden rays of late summer to the deeper, darker tones of early fall. Last week, Lee finished creating it: A beautifully detailed, slightly sinister, completely hardcore silver mask ring. And man, does it rock.
The creation of this ring started with a picture of a Hannya mask. These masks were used in traditional Japanese theater to symbolize when a female character was overtaken by a jealousy demon. The owner let us know that his ideal ring would be bold, silver, and look like a miniature Hannya mask. Since this type of design cannot be achieved by any computer-aided design, this request could have fazed many-a-jeweler, but Lee simply said “OK,” and got the project underway.
For weeks, I watched as Lee slowly transformed a solid block of wax into a perfectly sized miniature Hannya mask. Using only his artistic skill, whittling tools, and the picture as a guide, Lee hand-carved a 1″ x 1″ block of wax into a one-of-a-kind wax mold that would soon be cast into a one-of-a-kind silver ring. Once the wax was complete, Lee melted away weeks’ worth of work by casting his miniature mask portrait into a wickedly beautiful, completely original silver mask ring.
So my hat’s off to Lee on this one. I’m truly blown away by his steady hand and the final product. And as you can imagine, the owner was too. So check out the incredible wax mold and the final silver mask ring in the images below, and give a huge shout out to Lee for his great work. I can’t wait to see what the rest of fall brings us!
At Custom we enjoy having the freedom and ability to make anything at anytime. In between commissioned work and jewelry repairs we enjoy making the occasional statement piece. We think this silver ring, holding a raw amethyst crystal qualifies. If you are the kind of person who wants to make this type of statement, you can find this very piece at our store now. Whatever your style, whatever statement you wish to make, we have you covered at Custom.
Raw Amethyst Crystal Ring ~ $400 ~ Exclusively at Custom
He wanted something unique to show his love and we accommodated by making this Black Pearl Rose and Thorn Ring. Her nickname is Rose and she has the marks to prove it. Hand carved from wax, cast in sterling silver, and set with a stunning round black pearl. There is a thorn on one side, because sometimes, “Love hurts!”. We appreciate all the fans of our store, and It makes us feels special that our creations, like this Black Pearl Rose and Thorn Ring, are out in the world for everyone to enjoy.
This Silver Owl Ring was a commissioned piece as a gift for a deserving daughter. The young lady is a member of a sorority who’s symbol is an owl. With a few examples to work from, we hand carved the wax model, cast it in sterling silver, and polished it to a bright finish. Below is the final result. A beautiful Silver Owl Ring compliments of Custom jewelry.
From old tennis bracelet to this Sterling Silver Sapphire Spessartine Garnet and Diamond Ring. A Google search led this wonderful customer to us, and we are glad it did. She brought us an old sapphire tennis bracelet and wanted a ring that represented her college colors. She explained what she wanted, and our work began. This ring was computer designed to get all the stone settings perfectly aligned. She loved it, and tells everyone she got her Sterling Silver Sapphire Spessartine Garnet and Diamond Ring from Custom jewelry.
This Pink Princess Cut Sapphire Sterling Silver Dome Ring was carved from wax in our jewelry store, Custom. It is the base to what ended up being a terraced ring , set with black diamonds that we made for our showroom a couple months ago. There is a mold of the ring, so we decided to combine this one with some 2mm pink sapphires we had in the showcase. A sharpie was used to randomly mark where each stone would go. A drill bit slightly smaller that the size of the pink sapphires was then used to make a hole at each of the marked locations. Then using a square needle file, each seat for each stone was carefully filed away to match the particular sapphire that would reside in that spot. Once the stones sit perfectly in their new homes, a burnishing tool is used to push the silver onto the edges of the pink sapphires. Finally, a course brushed finish was applied to complete the Pink Sapphire Sterling Silver Dome Ring.