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Silversmithing: Make a Ring Checklist

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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

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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.

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Flatten End

Flattening one end by filing flat

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Exact Length

Piercing saw cut to exact length calculated for size. Then file flat to make sure it will join up with other side.

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Texture

Texture with a hammer if required.

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Anneal & Pickle

Anneal the metal to soften and pickle to clean

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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.

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Clean & Flux

Clean end with wire wool and flux the joint.

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Heat Metal

Warm the metal till flux goes fluffy and white

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Cut Solder & Flux

Now cut piece of solder (tiny)

Flux the piece of solder and place the solder under the join point.

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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

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Quench & Pickle

Cool the ring in water and pickle to clean.

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Clean Join Up

Sand and file away excess solder.

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