Silversmithing: Make a Ring Checklist
Silversmithing is the crafting objects out of silver mainly jewellery.
Using hand tools to cut, bend and shape using silver, gold and copper.
Many jewellery objects can be made by a silversmith like rings, ear rings, necklaces.
Silversmithing: Make a ring Checklist
Silver Wire or Sheet
Cut length of wire or metal sheet.
Calculate the length from a ring sizing guide.
Can be exact size or slightly longer and then cut down.
Flattening one end by filing flat
Piercing saw cut to exact length calculated for size. Then file flat to make sure it will join up with other side.
Texture with a hammer if required.
Form on Mandrel
Using mandrel bend round then compress until an oval so the ends touch.
TIP: Bend slightly past the position and let pop back to hold itself in perfect position.
Clean & Flux
Clean end with wire wool and flux the joint.
Warm the metal till flux goes fluffy and white
Cut Solder & Flux
Now cut piece of solder (tiny)
Flux the piece of solder and place the solder under the join point.
Heating to Join
Warm metal again from far side then start going around and around the ring.
Wait for the solder to flash and go silver and fill the join
Quench & Pickle
Cool the ring in water and pickle to clean.
Clean Join Up
Sand and file away excess solder.