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In each episode of DiResta, artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. In this episode, Jimmy designs and casts his own signet skull ring. I want one! -Gareth Branwyn

Materials:

  • Ring wax from jewelry supply shop
  • Silicone
  • “White” casting metal low temp. (I used 92a).

Tools:

  • Hobby knife
  • Drill
  • Dremel
  • Propane torch
  • Small crucible

Jimmy’s Notes:
Ring making is something that’s very accessible to makers. Carving wax is a very personal experience and one that requires practice. Luckily, the wax is cheep. My idea was to make a “stamp” so I can leave my mark. This made the carving easier because the face was flat. I used silicone to cast my ring and poured hot white metal into the silicone mold (the melting point is approx. 400 degrees). It’s the type of metal used in costume jewelry. I found it online for sale by the pound. The silicone can take a few castings but soon begins to break down. Ultimately, I took a good casting in resin, cleaned it up, and brought it to a casting house in NY (Roni Casting) and had the ring made in sterling silver. The process was under $150.

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I make stuff.


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