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Paul RichterThe Completed Skull Ring
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I am sure that my client in Australia is going to love this ring. Here is the skull ring which is now complete. You may remember the previous post where I showed you a few of the steps involved in the creation of the ring.

With the helmet on, the ring weighs over 40 grams. In the first picture you can see the ring as it looks without the "helmet". It is indeed a large solid ring. Some would call it a weapon. I see it more as a piece of art. Hand sculpted and manufactured. I admit, this is not my usual style of work. I had a lot of fun making it though.

Skull without helmet 
Skull with helmet 
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Published: March 18, 2013

Paul  RichterSkull Ring Part 3 - Carving the helmet
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The challenge here is to carve a set of wings which are basically symmetrical and the same mirror image of each other, but it helps that due to the natural organic aspect of the design, I allow myself to make slight differences in each. 

The pictures explain themselves, but here is the rundown:

  • draw a rough outline of the shape and size of the wings
  • place the sketch on the wax
  • transcribe the outline using a sharp tool to create a dotted line
  • remove the sketch which is now useless and full of holes!
  • begin carving the rough outline
  • start adding finer carved details
  • separate the winds and smooth out the carving, tweaking the details as necessary
  • align the wings and the shield roughly and melt together underneath to create a basic helmet
  • time to cast the basic design in silver
Part 4 to follow: tweaking and fitting the helmet to the skull.

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Wax Carving a Helmet

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Published: March 7, 2013
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