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burninated

The other day, I was sitting by the fireplace and thought, hey, where’s my wedding ring? I’d had it on earlier. Did I take it off at some point? Okay, don’t panic. It’ll show up soon, just like most lost things in our house do.

Several hours went by, and I hadn’t seen it yet. I looked around where I’d been sitting and where I’d taken a nap earlier. No luck. Well, I’ll keep an eye out for it.

Roughly twenty hours later, I decided I had to search more actively. What had I been doing before I sat down and noticed I didn’t have the ring on? Building the fire. Yeah. I’d had a hard time handling some of those logs, maneuvering them into place. The fire was a pile of cool ashes at this point, so I started going through the ashes. There were lots of ashes. Rob came downstairs and asked what I was up to. “Looking for something…” I explained the situation.

He offered to sift through the ashes while I searched other areas of the house. After finding several nails from some kind of scrap wood we’d burnt last winter, he found it!

Here’s a picture of my ring shortly after Rob found it:



It was burninated. It looked like something you might find in a shipwreck. I was glad it’s titanium.

My cursory research leads me to believe that the ring was subjected to temperatures somewhere between 900 and 1200 °F (482 and 649 °C).

materialmelting point
°C°F
gold10631945
platinum17733224
silver9611761
titanium16683034


So, even if it had been gold, it wouldn’t have melted.

We went right to the mall—okay, right after taking that picture of it—to see if any of the jewelers there could polish it. We found that while our mall has many jewelry shops, it rarely has any actual jewelers. We could have had one of the shops send it away for polishing, but we wanted to see how much Rob could do with his buffing tools. Armed with a dremel, buffing widget, 0.05-micron alumina suspension, and a couple hours of effort, he has improved it to this point:



And that’s where we’re at now.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Dad's $0.02
I believe you could remove all of the discoloration with an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner......Grampy has one! Rob's buffer would likely restore the finish to what you are used to once all the ash residue has been removed by the ultrasound. I've seen it work and it's pretty impressive. I gather your ring does not fit very snugly???
radhardened
Jan. 26th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
Re: Dad's $0.02
Not as snugly as it's supposed to, I guess, although it has never come off accidentally before.

We'll have to see when we can borrow the ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. I'd like to see that thing in action.
av8rmike
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
You missed the all-important question-- Could you see writing after you removed it from the fire?
rezendi
Jan. 25th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
Presumably it read ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul or words to that effect.
thewronghands
Jan. 25th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
That's cool looking, though. It looks industrial. Your love is tough! Or something.
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radhardened
Jan. 26th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
>:) Hahaha, ::devilish laugh::
radhardened
Jan. 26th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
I agree, I almost hate to get it cleaned up.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 26th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
Leave it like it is now! It's one of a kind now. And makes for much better conversation with a proper layer of oxidation.

Matt
pylocatabasis
Jan. 26th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
Keep it as it is!
pwinkler
Jan. 26th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
I think your (or your husband's) choice in rings is excellent. Not only is it practical and functional, but stylish.

I agree with the person who is presumably your dad. If you want to clean it, the ultrasonic cleaner will likely do a good job.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
I agree with the consensus. I think the new finish is going to age realy well. I can't tell from the picture-- is the finish still smooth?

~Jamie
radhardened
Jan. 28th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
The finish was still smooth, more or less, on the inside of the ring but not on the outer edges. I think it would have been comfortable to wear but not to, say, brush up against. Now that Rob has done some work on it, it's back to all smooth.
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