Guest Post: How to Make a Hammered Double Band Ring by Aubrie Hale
Remember in school when you would have to summarize paragraphs? Well I sucked at it, I thought every single piece of information was vital. I'm going to try really hard to not suck at it for anyone who stumbles across this post. So here we go.
Step numero uno. Measure your metal. I chose 14g half round wire for this ring.
Since I'm making a double band ring I cut a couple of small pieces to go in between.
I file the edges flat so when I solder them together it will be a good fit. A rule of thumb I learned; if you can slide two pieces of hair in between where the metal meets it's not going to be a strong solder joint.
Everything is laid out and ready to go. Using a brush I apply a little flux, which will allow the solder to flow.
I put little pieces of solder on all the joints and fire away.
Then into the pickle pot it goes. This cleans the sterling silver of any firescale. Think bottom of a burnt pan. Note; my pickle pot is filthy. I cleaned my bench to trick you all into thinking I have a neat and clean work space.
Then I shape the ring around my mandrel. It doesn't need to be a perfect circle yet I just need the ends to meet.
Not pictured was a little finessing to get the ends nice and flush, then a little bit of solder, flux, and flame. Another filthy pickle bath and on to some finishing work.
Ahhh my faithful dremel. Sometimes it gets stuck in high gear so I beat it with my rawhide mallet and it's back to good behavior.
A dash of texture with a steel hammer
Said hammer becomes a toy for my daughter (as do most of my tools). I'm using fine steel wool to do some preliminary polishing. Then I'll use my dremel to do a round of final polishing.
Aaaand voila!! One hammered double band ring. Perfect for all day every day wear. I have to confess most of the jewelry I wear stays on night and day; except for swimming, chlorine is not a friend of silver. Oh and sometimes my daughter points at my rings and says "off" she likes to wear them on her thumbs. And I'm off topic. My bad...