Wide silver ring
May 10, 2008
with hammer marks
MATERIALS: Standard silver sheet
TECHNIQUES: annealing, hammering/planishing, sawing, soldering, ring forming, ring resizing, sanding
TOOLS: triblet (ring mandrel), barrel polisher, hammer, saw and blades, soldering tools, mallet, wet and dry paper, scribe, vise, (ideally pendant drill), ring stretcher
This was made very quickly.
- Cut silver to desired width using a guillotine.
- Use a hammer to texture one side.
- Use a mallet on the sheet over a triblet to form a ring shape (perhaps a little smaller than the size that you want).
- Use scribe to mark where to cut through to get rid of the ends and saw as marked.
- Check size (cut off more if needed) and then ‘saw through’ the cut to make sure that it’s smooth for soldering.
- Solder using silver hard solder.
- Sand as necessary and use hammer marks to cover the solder seam.
- Resize if necessary.
- Barrel polish.
- Wide rings are very difficult to remove from one’s finger! Although in general you should make rings a little smaller than desired and stretch if necessary, with such a wide ring I should’ve probably made it a bit bigger. Actually, in hindsight I would not have made it so wide.
- Be careful when resizing – the solder seam can break. If you need to re-solder use a solder with a lower melting point.
IF I HAD MORE TIME: I would have done more work cleaning up the finished solder seam – I didn’t get any time to hammer the outside or sand/file the inside. I would have liked to have used a pendant drill to sand the inside of the ring.