My very first custom ring was of Long’s Peak and Mt. Meeker. Oh my gawd, I’ve come a long way since then. And that was just this past summer.
Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker
The custom rings started out as just a few requests for a custom outline, from a few eager customers. I didn’t really have a complete process, but I still made sure to start on the computer BEFORE jumping in to the metal. I would create a quick outline in Illustrator, show to the client, and then create. Nothing fancy, just bare bones sketches, with a simple title in a word document.
Yikes. That was soooo not professional, but it worked! After a couple of instagram posts of my shiny new creations, I started getting messages about custom rings from all over the globe. I pretty much realized I needed an overhaul of the current one-off custom ring process and everything that went with it. And here’s what that currently looks like:
Custom Ring Document from Lovely Baubles
Each custom ring starts out as an idea – it could be a special place the customer visited, the first mountain they summited, a summer vacation on a crystal clear lake with regal mountains in the background. Every custom mountain ring has a story, and I literally jump right in and learn all I can about the mountains my customers pick.
I pour all of that knowledge and inspiration into a concept document filled with ideas for their ring. I start with a picture they’ve sent, or another one I’ve found or taken that would make a great outline for a ring. Rings are so small, you have to pick the right outline that makes sense visually!! Once I have my outline created, I move over and start creating some variations on a theme – outline style, filled-in style, textured, simple, etc. Not only does this document serve as a starting point and template for the ring, but it gets the customer excited! It’s so cool to see your design come to life – even if it’s just on screen for the time being.
Usually, I get it right the first time. So modest 😉 Every now and then, the design requires a small tweak. Once the design is approved, I create a tiny version of the design and print it out. That tiny little outline gets taped to the sterling silver and cut with my saw. Sometimes the designs are so small I have to nerd out and wear my magnifying spectacles to see all the small cuts I’ve got to make. From there, I measure the silver wire to the length of the ring and get to soldering it to the mountain shape.
After a lot of forming, cleaning up, finishing, and sometimes plating, the ring is complete. I love creating all of my pieces (if I didn’t, I wouldn’t make them!!), but custom rings are just such an absolute joy to make. I’m usually smiling during the whole process, and I often push myself further than I thought I could go. I’ve come a long way from that first custom ring I did!!
Mt. Katahdin with custom packaging.
Custon stacking ring of the Jackson Hole Tetons.
Flatirons custom ring.
Jackson Hole stacking ring set.
Fremont Peak custom ring.
Lone Peak, Utah.
Longs Peak and the Beaver
Mt Katahdin custom ring
Jackson Hole custom adjustable ring.
Three Sisters Peak custom ring.
Do you have a favorite mountain range? If so, let me know! And, you should certainly have a ring of it 🙂