MELTING GOLD: Watch Pouring Ingot to Make a Ring

March 20th, 2014
Categorized under: Process Videos

From the crucible to the ingot mold, watch where a ring truly begins to take shape. Fire in the Green Lake workshop is as daily an occurrence as is hammering and filing, and truth be told it ignites some magic and excitement in us every time:

MELTING GOLD from Green Lake Jewelry Works on Vimeo.

Green Lake Jewelry Works Artist, Lamoureux

Green Lake Jewelry Works Artist, Gary Lamoureux

BEHIND THE SCENES:

At Green Lake, Gary is our repair and restoration specialist. He says the best part of his job is seeing the smile on a customer’s face when he’s restored an old piece of family jewelry to its original look, especially when the customer tells him they took their jewelry to another jeweler and were told it couldn’t be fixed.

USING OLD GOLD FOR A NEW RING? 

We can help you to make something new with sentimental gold, by first melting it down much like it’s shown in the video above. It’s important to note, however, that not every piece is a good candidate for re-casting; there are a slew of variables that would cause the new, re-cast piece to be pitted or brittle. In most cases it also requires more gold to make new new piece than the old one is able to yield.  Nonetheless Green Lake is happy to do it – the torch and crucible are here waiting, just contact us directly at info@greenlakejewelry.com or check out our Restoration Page for more info.

About the author:

Eric Robertson is a writer, illustrator and creative lead for Green Lake Jewelry Works.