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Karen-Ann Dicken


To make this piece you will require a  3D printed steel model of the ring and a 5mm faceted stone either round or triangular in form.

Why make a tension ring?

3D printing the steel ring section is a quick and accurate means of production.  You can create intricate designs in solid and strong materials that are easily built without the input of handcraft.

The added tension setting integrates a small element of hand-craft adding value to the piece.

Step 1:  ​3D print your ring

Firstly you will need to 3D print your ring in steel.  You can choose the finish of your ring in either bronze, gold plate or steel.  You can order your ring from Shapeways here:

Order Cell Ring

Order Organic Ring

Order Organic Twist Ring

Order Growth Ring

Step 2:  Set your stone

You will need a 5mm faceted stone.  Prize the ring apart with your fingers and place the stone into the gap in the ring.  Once you let go of the ring the piece should spring back into shape and lock the stone in place. 

Be careful not to prize the ring apart too far as this may snap the steel.

Adjust the stone until it is sitting in the correct position.

how to make your own tension Ring

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