Chris Ploof - Chris Ploof Designs, USA
Chris Ploof is the owner and principal designer at Chris Ploof Designs, a manufacturer of high-quality wedding rings and other jewelry specially created using laminated materials. His background includes studies ranging from large-scale casting and glasswork to lapidary, blacksmithing and machining. He is a recipient of the Santa Fe Symposium® Ambassador Award, the Jewelry Technology Leader Award, a two-time recipient of the Industry Leader Award and a three-time recipient of the Collaborative Research Award. This is his seventh presentation at the Symposium.
Practical Application of a Rose Engine in the Modern Shop
How many times have you looked at a machine and wondered how it works or at a piece of jewelry and wondered how it was made? A rose engine is a type of ornamental lathe used extensively by jewelers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This paper will open your eyes to what happens when you take a traditional tool and combine it with non-traditional uses. The author’s method for bonding inlays into rose engine cut designs will be showcased including metallurgical examinations of those bonds.