A Romantic Family Ring

June 2nd, 2014  .  by ellolite

The other day, Teckla came to me and would like me to make a family members’ fingerprints ring for her. We discussed different approach of techniques on getting the pattern onto the surface of metal such as laser engraving, 3D printing or hand craving. However, none of them don’t seem better than etching. It leaves a good depth of fingerprint pattern on metal surface. They don’t wear off like laser engraving, which is shallow and pricey.
I used ferric nitrate to etch on sterling silver. Before the metal is taking a bath in chemical solution, I need to make sure the designs are well printed on press-n-peel paper and transferred on the metal surface. It created positive and negative surface. The chemical will eat the area where has no black ink. It depends on how deep you want your design to be, which I left my piece in the solution for about 5 to 6 hours.

After 6 hours of etching…

I fabricated two rings, inside and outside band. Then I soldered two together. Here is the final product!

Teckla and I both love how it turned out so well. It has her husband, daughter and son’s fingerprints. This is meaningful, symbolic and romantic!