Commissions

Titanium Kara bangles

An example of a successfully completed commission was for three “Kara” bangles made from Ti6Al4V titanium for a Sikh gentleman. These were turned from a solid billet of grade 5 titanium, requiring the removal by hand of over 90% of the solid bar to form the hollow blank from which the three bangles were turned.

This commission was special as not only was I able to make the client three attractive & comfortable to wear bangles, but the Kara is worn to constantly remind the Sikh disciple to do God’s work, and as constant reminder of the Sikh’s mission on this earth and that he or she must carry out righteous and true deeds and actions, keeping with the advice given by the Guru Gobind Singh. As such, it was an honour for me to be making something that not only would look nice, but which would have such significant meaning for its owner.

The client specified the design of the narrow bangle (as it is a traditional sikh design) but gave me free rein on the other two designs. All three are shown below.

Mirror polished narrow band either side of a raised central band with a manually applied “cracked ice” finish.
Truncated triangle cross section with a rounded inner edge.
Brushed finish with mirror polished central semi-circular groove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very proud to receive the following feedback from the client – reproduced with his permission.

Hi Dave,

I opened the parcel this morning. I wanted to be sure I had some quiet time to myself for the process. You are a man after my own heart, a job worth doing is worth doing well. The care and reverence you took in the individual packaging of each piece, but also the overall security and application given to the whole parcel speaks volumes. Thank you.

As for the Kara themselves they are exquisite. I have spent most of today wearing the smaller of the three, it is ethereal. I find myself absent mindedly handling it, which is no bad thing. I plan to wear the hand worked one to a wedding next week. My cousin already has his eye on the one with the central channel!

Again, thank you for your efforts.

Fond regards,

Ken