Wes Glebe makes titanium rings. While they all start on the lathe and other machining operations as part of the process, the real magic is in the hand-work that is done next, and this makes the difference between his rings and all the other titanium rings. They can have 24k gold, pure platinum or pure silver as inlays or rivets. There are gemstones (diamonds, rubies, sapphires) and other colored stones used and stainless steel balls add more sparkle.
The titanium can be left the natural grey or it can be darkened by heat-coloring. This process allows Wes the palette of greys, which can be enhanced by the colors of the other metals and the stones, that appeal to him. There are other karat gold bands used with some designs. Some of the rings have spinner bands or rolling balls in them. His reason for using titanium is not for its high fashion aspect but because it is an exciting material to be the carrier for particularly the 24k gold he uses in many designs.
The rings are used for many different occasions – weddings, engagements, and commitment, anniversary and partnership celebrations. Each one is handcrafted for the customer. It usually takes 2-3 weeks from receipt of an order, to completion.
The tools needed for all the inlay punch patterns and textures, for setting the tiny stainless steel balls, for securing the gemstones in place and for numerous other finishing procedures are all made by Wes, as well as some of the holding tools he uses on the lathe and at the bench.
Wes has always been of the opinion that titanium has been misnamed, it should be Mithril the metal mined by the dwarves in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. It is described as silvery, and stronger than steel but much lighter in weight. This description would be most appropriately applied to titanium in our world.