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Turk's head engagement ring

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When I decided to ask my wife to marry me, I started looking for the perfect ring. My sister pointed me to http://www.goldenknots.com/. The rings featured there are Turk's head knots made by Loren Damewood. They are beautiful but I wanted a ring with a diamond. I really liked the Turk's head idea, though, as knot tying is a hobby of mine.  It occurred to me, that I could make the ring and that would make it all the more special. My knot hobby at that point consisted mostly of writing programs to generate instructions for how to tie knots, rather than actually tying them, but I had tied a few, so I gave it a shot. After many months of learning and experimenting, I was able to create the ring above. In this instructable, I'll go through the steps that I took to make it! I want to stress that I'm not a jeweler, and this is the only real piece of jewelry that I've made by hand. You could count the 20 or so practice rings that I made while I was figuring how I wanted the ring to look, but if you're going to tackle this project, I think you're going to have to do the same. It definitely takes practice, patience and some experimenting!

I'll start by explaining how to tie the band in steps 1-7. It will take practice to get it right, so once you've mastered those steps, we'll move on to tying the basket which will surround the diamond and how to weave that in with the band. Then finally, I'll show you how to reinforce the knot with a 3D printed gold band, which the diamond setting will also be attached to.
 
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spylock5 months ago
The ring is top notch,gives new meaning to tying the knot.If you dont mind my asking,were you going to replace the stone in your grandmother's necklace,or just keep it as is as a reminder of how the ring came to be?The necklace is awesome also,and I dont know the size of the stone,but one could get a nice ruby or something along those lines,and the necklace would be ready to wear.Good job,and good luck with the app also.
jallwine (author)  spylock5 months ago
I think the other diamonds in the necklace were used by other family members. I'm not sure what happened to the rest of it.
LunaDale6 months ago
How much did the reinforcement band cost? I'm looking to make one for my boyfriend, one without the diamond.
jallwine (author)  LunaDale6 months ago
I think the jeweler charged me around $950 for everything. At the time, I didn't know exactly how the reinforcement band would even work, so they designed that, assembled everything as well as set the diamond. And I put a rush on it once I had a proposal date in mind. I'm not sure how it was broken down. I would recommend talking to a jeweler to get a quote. I'm sure you could get a much better deal if you shop around and know exactly what you're looking for. I just uploaded the example models of the reinforcement band to Kraftwurx to get a quote for 10K gold and it comes to about $250. Having a jeweler simply attach the two pieces would probably be less than $100 (just a guess, though).
Jalwine I'm having difficulty printing the template. Is the actual printed size 1.86 inches x .283 inches?
jallwine (author)  Desertsquirrel37 months ago
Sorry, thought you were referring to the actually 3d printed model in a later step. Yes, those are the correct dimensions of the knot grid image when printed out. Just make sure you're printing at 300 dpi.
jallwine (author)  Desertsquirrel37 months ago
That sounds awfully big, but I never actually printed it myself (I just created it for demonstration purposes). I may have doubled the diameter of the ring. I'll take a look and upload a new one if its wrong.
Bobmonkey078 months ago
Where can I find this app?
jallwine (author)  Bobmonkey078 months ago
I just released the first version of the app last week. It's desktop only for now and is very basic. You can check it out here: http://knots.freakinsweetapps.com

I'm working on getting a mobile version out soon.
davidm2008 months ago
nice macro photagraphy skills!!! Love the ring!! although i personally like to keep thinks simple.... (very).... but jolly good job on the ring! bet the reciever was very glad.
jallwine (author) 8 months ago
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it! A 3D printer is going to be huge for my current project.
shazni8 months ago
I knew you would win! Congratulations!!!
wold6308 months ago
Congratulations!! The ring is amazing! Nice work!
Congratulations on winning grand prize!!!
Congratulations!! for the Grand Prize...3D Printer Whoaaa :[)
jallwine (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya9 months ago
Thank you!!
donedirtcheap9 months ago
Wonderful work. Good luck with the contest!
jallwine (author)  donedirtcheap9 months ago
Thanks, you too!
bnaon9 months ago
Holy cow... I've tied that knot in paracord and while I'm a newbie still, just that was hard enough... I can't imagine doing it with wire. Or I can, but I can't imagine myself doing it this cleanly in only 20 tries. The ring is absolutely gorgeous, and the idea of making your own engagement ring... Wow. I thought I knew my perfect ring, but a hand-made one? Not only did I never think of that, but that shows such passion
Once again, WOW.
spark master9 months ago
I would never make one, but it sure is very very cool looking. thanks fer posting
kondzio299 months ago
Beautiful!
I'll vote on you ;)
check my contest entry

cheers!
evacooper9 months ago
that is gorgeous!
hjjusa10 months ago
I've tied a few turks head rings in sterling silver, but this is beautifully done. I like the basket for the diamond, gives me some ideas. Got my vote.
zoovet198910 months ago
I LOVE making turks head rings. I worked at a zoo and had the keepers bring me shed giraffe tail hairs and would make rings out of that. I hadn't even considered making it from wire! what a great idea to add the basket for settings!
jallwine (author)  zoovet198910 months ago
Cool! Do you have any pictures of your giraffe tail rings? That sounds very unique!
smileee210 months ago
Just beautiful, and very well done! I can't imagine how much your wife loved all the time, effort, and love that went into this breathtaking ring.
shazni10 months ago
This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! voting for all!...knot making is going to be one of my new hobbies... :-)
any idea where I can start??
following to see your knot tutorials!

best to you and your wife..may you have a good life in this world and the hear-after :-)

jallwine (author)  shazni10 months ago
Thanks shazni! I'd say the 5 part 4 bight knot in step 8 is a good place to start with Turk's heads. http://khww.net is a great site with an active forum for all things knot related (khww stands for Knot Heads World Wide). This is a great book for decorative knots: http://amzn.to/1awxJ9x.
shazni jallwine10 months ago
Thanks!
MamaSafi10 months ago
Thanks for sharing. You have a very lucky wife.
gfeikens10 months ago
Seriously, I am stunned with the end result! You got my vote! Have been playing with the idea of giving it a try in making jewelry, this instructable surely pushes in the right direction!

Were you already married or did you propose with this ring? I doubt she would even dare so no ;)
jallwine (author)  gfeikens10 months ago
I proposed with this ring. We've been married for about a year and a half now :)
abannau10 months ago
awesome :)
Darkmon10 months ago
Great.. Girlfriend's gonna love it.
Picturerazzi10 months ago
Seriously, the ring you made for your now wife is so beautiful and heartfelt! I'm glad the instructions aren't for the exact version of you wife's ring; it's nice to have something unique. ;)

Great 'ible! It's funny because I was just thinking about knot tying right before I saw this.

I definitely voted for you for the Jewelry & 3D contest.

Thanks for the lovely instructable.
jallwine (author)  Picturerazzi10 months ago
Well, the best part about it is even if someone tied the same knot it wouldn't make the one I made any less unique :) It's all about the process. I kept all the practice rings I made and my wife put together a shadow box with them all in it. We love it! Anyway, thanks for the vote, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
lawlesslady10 months ago
I'm a chainmailler and I've actually met Loren when I took a class with him. We tied a ring, as well as a cuff bracelet. Loren's work is incredible and you did an absolutely beautiful job with your wife's ring. No one else will ever have anything like it. Congratulations.
Kinnishian10 months ago
This is beautiful
illiane10 months ago
Very, very well done on the ring, and a marvellous instructable. Thank you for sharing this!
adunster10 months ago
Those are just gorgeous that's some definite skill you have developed. You could probably make a few pennies selling those in the right markets, especially if you were willing to do custom ones!
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