This weekend I attended a jewellery course just outside of Horsham with Jane Faulkner Jewellery. It was an amazing workshop and I came away with a beautiful silver ring and pendant. Jane was a great teacher and the lunch included was a brilliant 3 course meal homemade by her husband.
I thought I would give you a step by step guide to making a silver ring and there was a lot of hammering involved which I found very stress relieving, sometimes it’s just nice to just bash metal with a hammer.
– Measuring you ring size
– Select the wire width and shape
– Saw the metal
– File the edges (make sure the edges are straight)
– Form the ring shape by hammering the ring around the mandrel
– Hammer the ring into a D shape so the two ends meet straight on an butt
– Apply flux to ring edges and place silver solder on the jointhttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/_g7hoFiflKnw/SBb1sEl2okI/AAAAAAAAANY/cd6Q3JMmCnc/s1600-h/tutrn01_p2_512x384.jpg http://earthartgemandjewelry.com/wb/tring/WB6.JPG
– Heat the ring evenly with the torch flame and when the ring goes a deep red focus on the joint when the solder melts take the flame away.
– Pick the ring up with tongs (copper, do not use steel) place the ring in the pickle pot to remove the firescale and rinse the ring.
– Take the ring out after about 3 minutes and place in water, dry the ring
– Place the ring back on the mandrel and hammer until the ring is circular
– File the solder so the joint cannot be seen
– Place the ring on the mandrel and sandpaper the whole ring
– Hit the ring with a metal ball ring hammer (try and miss your fingers)
– Polish up the ring
– Tah Dah a lovely shiny ring (see mine below)