Thanks for bringing up a very timely and relevant topic.
For some (many?) of us, work with metals like titanium and tungsten
carbide may be personally out of reach at the moment due to needed
investments in special equipment (and additional training) to work
with it. Likewise stainless steel, although not as much specialized
equipment is necessary. But you're quite right that it's a trend we
need to pay attention to and figure out whether and how to work into
In addition to my work with my original creations, I also stock
manufactured wedding rings. I've already advised several customers
to consider a titanium band for their everyday wear, as they are
fellows who work with their hands. The ti is less likely to distort
should an accident happen and may even be a bit protective of the
finger in question in a crushing accident. Of course, I also tell
them that if they're working with their hands they SHOULDN'T be
wearing rings while working -- not that they'll listen :-).
I'd love to hear from others on the list who have jumped into
working with these new metals, particularly the independent/artisans
who are working in their own studios. Did you find it hard or
expensive to get the new equipment and figure out the new ways of
working? Has it been worth it?
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