My sister-in-law Nicole wanted to get her husband (my little brother) a silver ring band to mark their 10th anniversary.
She had an idea for a simple band decorated wth a repeating Celtic pattern. Because of the intricate pattern on the band I decided to use a 3D program called ZBrush to model the ring. Here's an early rendering...
Later, we decided to alter the design a bit and also add some embossed text to the inside of the ring adding Nicole & Curtis' names as well as the date they were married.
Initially, I planned to upload the file to Shapeways and have the ring 3D printed in wax which I would cast in our studio. However, Shapeways stopped offering wax prints only a few weeks earlier so the only option was to have them print and cast the ring in sterling silver.
The turnaround was a little over two weeks. Once I received it, I spent some time sanding and polishing the ring before applying a dark patina to highlight the Celtic pattern and the embossed text.
The final product turned out great and Curtis was really pleased with his new ring.