Donna, I totally agree with what your German mentor taught you
about redundant work. It is a waste of time a break in momentum and
an easy way to give a piece that over worked look. However, I feel I
must mention a few exceptions to this rule.
John, I agree with you completely. When using castings, I make sure
it is pit free and will polish perfectly before I set any stones.
In the case of the fusing discussion, we're talking about milled
stock that is pitfree to begin with. Therefore, I know I won't
encounter pits. Besides, by the time I've blanked out the ring I have
a pretty good idea if I'll encounter any problems. Also, I know my
weld is good because I've already hammered the ring up a size. If the
weld were going to fail, I'd get a warning. If someone is willing to
pay for it, I offer to do the milled, fused, hammered wedding band
instead of the cast one.
Hope this finally clears up the issue. I was specifically talking
about fabricated work and not castings.