Anodizing niobium is fun, pretty, and occasionally surprising. Maybe the rings didn’t hit exactly the color that I wanted, or maybe half of them did and half of them decided to stop a few shades lower. Or maybe… all sorts of things!
I usually keep aside the oops rings to turn into higher colors later, but it seems a shame to do that with all of them. Sometimes the mistake is pretty! Or useful! Freckled and in-between colors meet all of my quality specs – they’re just a little off in shade or consistency.
But sometimes the oops rings can’t be used for any “proper” colors. If I didn’t polish the rings properly before anodizing them, or if the anodizer bath gets contaminated? The result is a batch of rings that might be pretty, but doesn’t reach the pure jewel-tones that I’m aiming for. These milky and burnt rings are more deeply discounted.
Each batch is self consistent. If you want more of the exact same thing, just use the “unique” code on your bag to match them up. But these batches are limited and I will not attempt to repeat them – once it’s gone, it’s gone!
The Oops Glossary
- Freckled: This is like a mini-mix. The color didn’t come out “solid” – some rings are a little (or a lot) different in color. (5% discount)
- In-Between: A solid color, but not exactly “right” for any of the standard shades. These in-between batches are great if you’re doing color fades or other subtle shading. (5% discount)
- Size Mix: Sometimes two sizes get mixed together and I don’t want to fuss with tweezing them apart. (10% off the less expensive size)
- Milky: These rings anodized more like titanium than niobium. The colors are a bit muted, and (in my opinion) look best with goldfill. (10% discount)
- Burnt: These rings would look great combined with oxidized brass/copper for something Steampunk, but they’re not “pretty” in the same way as my usual colors. (15% discount)