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Our Wood Ring Creation Process

At Northwood we’re known for our combination wood and gold rings. Here’s a look at how they’re made.

We Use 100% Recycled Precious Metals

Our goal is to make jewelry that is beautiful and ethical. We’ve partnered with a supplier that deals in 100% SCS certified Recycled gold and other precious metals. There is no difference in the quality of the gold, just in the ethics.

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The Design

Before a ring can be made, it must be designed. Using Computer Aided Design programs and a state-of-the-art wax printer, we can create intricate designs that combine our two favourite materials – wood & gold.

Ethically Sourced Wood

We choose woods that are ethically harvested and non-cites listed. Our woods are chosen for their beauty, strength and durability.

Working With Wood

In order to make our wooden rings durable we’ve found the best method is to steam bend long, thin strips into multiple layers. This is called the bentwood method and it’s how we create all of our wooden rings.

Lost Wax Casting

Using our 3D Wax Printer, each ring is printed to the exact size, width, and style ordered.

Rings made of the same metal are then attached together on a wax ‘tree’. The tree is inserted into a metal flask and flooded with investment, a plaster casting material that is water soluble but holds up to extreme heat.

When the investment has hardened the flask is put into a kiln and heated until the wax melts away, leaving cavities in the plaster, ready to be filled with metal.

Melting The Metal

The weight of the wax tree is used to calculate the proper amount of metal needed to fill the cavity left by the wax. Our recycled metal is often shipped in bead/grain form but can also include whole rings that are being recycled (such as when a resize is needed and the ring needs to be recast).

An oxy/propane torch is used to bring the metal to the best temperature where the metal is molten and will flow easily.

When the metal is ready, the flask that holds the investment is brought out of the kiln at an ideal temperature to accept the flowing metal, and is placed quickly into a vacuum chamber that helps pull the metal into every crevice, and the metal is carefully poured into a cavity.

Raw Metal Rings

Metal rings shown here, still in their raw state and showing some of the investment, are separated from the tree.

The sprues (metal that held them to the tree) will be filed off and re-used, and the bands will be polished by hand and checked for size.

Combining The Materials

Once the metal rings are polished and inspected, any wood, stone, or other inlays are added. Shown here, small laurel leaves and background shapes are cut to size by a laser engraver and set by hand for a perfect fill.

Once the leaves are placed the ring will be coated with a waterproof acrylic finish to ensure the ring can be worn daily without trouble. If the ring contains gemstones these will be set very last.

Final Steps

After the ring has been created, cleaned, sized, filled, it is coated with an acrylic finish that creates a waterproof barrier to seal in any wood components.

This finish is applied in many thin layers and allowed to cure between coats. The final step is to polish the finish and the metal to a perfect shine.

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