I've spent a lot of time over the past few years looking at different ring designs (glow rings included), but I always felt something was missing.
I wanted to take the concept of a glow ring and not only make something unique on the inside, but something you'd want to show off to everyone you know..an exciting style both inside AND out.
I experimented with glow rings in a few different exterior band styles, each of them had something unique about them but nothing quite hit home with what I was looking for...until I found damascus steel.
Damascus rings are typically pretty far out of reach for most people as the price is commonly between $400 - $1,000 per ring. After speaking with a local forge and working with the material myself over the past few months, I've come up with a more affordable and efficient method to produce these rings. Not only that, but I am also happy to present the first ever Damascus Steel glow ring to all of our supporters on Kickstarter!
The history of Damascus Steel alone is enough to write a book on. We don't need an entire history lesson but it definitely deserves a brief look into its origins.
Around 500 AD, swordsmiths of the Middle East began to produce knives and swords with strength and cutting abilities unequalled by any other civilization of the time. The superiority of these weapons came from the steel that they used to fashion them. The steel was harder and could hold an edge longer than other steels. It is claimed that one of these blades could cleanly slice through a falling silk scarf.
Europeans who saw this feat were astounded: their weapons were not capable of anything close to this. The blades of these weapons also had a characteristic wavy pattern. Since the steel was supposed to be initially created in Damascus, the steel became known as "Damascus" steel.
The standard Damascus Steel Ring is already stunning to look at by itself. Each ring has a completely unique grain pattern that really sets it apart from any other material.
Creation process start to finish (obviously much more detail involved in each step):
- Cutting and sizing of Damascus Steel Rod to basic ring shape
- Acid Etching of Damascus to bring contrasting grain to the surface of the ring.
- Filling the inside of the ring solid with a non-toxic epoxy based resin mixed with strontium based glow powder
- Cutting each ring to user size on a lathe
- Sanding ring to a smooth finish - Polishing ring using a 3 step plastic polishing process
When the glow hits....it's something else entirely. The glow leaks out each side like you would expect, but it also causes the outer edges of the band to radiate....bringing out the damascus grain even in the darkest of settings.
The glow is made of a transparent resin mixed with a strontium aluminate based photoluminescent powder.
Rewards for this Kickstarter will come in two tiers. Glowing and non-glowing Damascus Rings.
The beauty of Damascus steel comes from the grain pattern that is unique to each individual ring. "Modern Damascus" is made from several types of steel and iron slices welded together to form a billet,the patterns vary depending on how the the billet is worked during forging. The billet is drawn out and folded until the desired number of layers are formed.
We plan to offer three glow colors out of the gate with new colors added as we reach stretch goals!. As we reach different stretch goals we will be offering additional glow colors.
Hold the ring up to any LED light source for only a few seconds to make it glow, a UV based light source will provide a much brighter and longer lasting glow....luckily the sun does a REALLY good job of getting these beauties to glow.
The ring will glow EXTREMELY bright for about 10 minute before fading into a soft glow that will last upwards of 6 hours depending on the color.
If you have trouble finding your ring size or you aren't sure what you measure at, this is a great resource to start with: http://findmyringsize.com/
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to help purchase the raw materials needed to create these rings as well as the tools needed to produce these on a larger scale. The current prototypes were all done on a small desktop lathe with cheap tools...not scalable in any way. I'm looking at a full size lathe and more of the raw damascus needed to make the rings on a larger scale.
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this project. Check out the rewards and pledge whatever you feel comfortable with...every little bit helps. I can't wait to make this project become a reality with your help!
Risks and challenges
We are always evaluating our raw materials, processing labor and even customer response times to make sure you are happy with our service.
Each process has potential bottlenecks that can be avoided or minimized. This is huge in ensuring continual improvement and the best possible customer service around. We know our fulfilment timeline is moderate and in order to hit our targets we have forecasted appropriately. We worked conservatively given a usual average of 19 or more rings sizes, and to help this we have limited the first wave of rewards to our known capacity and will forecast ahead in order to be prepared for unexpected ring sizes.
We will produce an overage to guarantee sufficient supply for the Kickstarter demand. Timelines and expectations are right where they need to be for us to deliver 100% on time. Learn about accountability on KickstarterLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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