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Preview of pix from Alicia (@motolady) of the hobo mercury head dime ring on her sweet custom Ducati, Pandora. #silverpiston #makersgonnamake #makinmoves #motorcycle #motolady #ducati

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Thursday is bike night and that means it’s time for beers and shit talking. Got Meg (@meg_girard) to come up for a beer with us and stop working for a bit. She does great jewelry and is another Atlanta maker. #silverpiston #makersgonnamake #motorcycle #ducati #bikenight

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Throwback Thursday to about 2002 when Mark (@markcooley) and I were fucking around with some of his vintage flash units. #tbt #damniwashot

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The finished product, a Silver Piston hobo nickel ring and this is the cafe racer version. So why show all this? There’s no secret, an experienced jeweler could figure it all out. What you don’t see is years of just making stuff and learning. There are literally hundreds of hours playing and working out ideas, always learning. There’s also hundreds of dollars of material quite literally melted as I learned. So when you buy something from me, you’re getting something I’ve learned how to make by trial and error. You’re also getting a handmade ring by me. Everything I do is with raw materials, nothing is pre-made, well except the nickel but give me a fucking break. Now I just have to finish a hobo mercury ring and I’m done for the night. Good night y’all. #silverpiston #handmade #howitsmade #makersgonnamake #truth

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Next steps are cleaning it up and then oxidizing it in a solution of liver of sulphur. I do my oxidizing really hot because I’m just going for black. #silverpiston #handmade #makersgonnamake #howitsmade #hobonickel

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Next step is to round the coin so it rests onto the already sized ring. Doing it this way assures that the inside if the ring is round. Not doing it this way puts dents inside the ring if you solder it on flat then round the ring. #silverpiston #handmade #makersgonnamake #howitsmade #hobonickel

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Some of y’all have been asking how the hobo nickel rings are done. I call Shane in OH and usually tell him what I’m thinking about and then send him a sketch. In turn he sends me the nickel engraved like on the left. I then cut it out using a #2 jewelers saw blade which is .5mm x .24mm and cut it out. #silverpiston #handmade #makersgonnamake #howitsmade

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Alicia’s (@motolady) ring is going out tomorrow. Homegirl’s got taste, of course the the moto riding ladies already know that. I’ve been a fan of her blog for years, themotolady.com #silverpiston #motorcycle #handmade #makersgonnamake #hobonickel #madeinatlanta

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Saturday night in the shop and done. Drinking some beer and smoking while going through Instagram. Hobo Merc, buffalo ring and a couple of wedding bands. #silverpiston #makersgonnamake #handmade #hobonickel

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Another Zippo from the crew at Byline Supply Co (@bylinesupplyco). This one’s for Holly (@hollywouldatl). #makersgonnamake #supportingmakers