Introduction: A Ring Fit for a King ( ...it's Made of His Throne)

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I recently tore the toilet out of the half bath in my condo so I could replace the rotted subfloor below it. After rebuilding the subfloor, I felt like I needed to replace all of the hardware in the toilet before I reset the toilet so that I could be sure to never have to do it again. Trust me, working in a 30 inch by 5 foot room is not fun!

After all was said and done, I had these two seriously oxidized 3 inch solid copper screws. How could I let them go to waste. I decided to take a screw from the toilet and put it on my finger.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools:

- vice

- rotary tool and bits

- hack saw

- screw driver

- needle nose pliers

- soldering iron or torch

Materials:

- toilet bowl screw

- metal polish

- rag

- lead free solder

- clear lacquer to coat the inside of the ring

Step 2: Cut the Screw in Half

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I set the screw in a vice and use a rotary tool with a cut off disc to start the cut. Then I used a hack saw to finish the cut.

Step 3: Split the Halves

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Very gently, use a screwdriver to start dividing the two halves. Slowly bend each side down flat.

Step 4: Solder the Split

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You will want to solder the split halves to the head of the screw at this point because, odds are, they will be a bit fragile and close to breaking off.

To solder, a torch would be the best way because, for the solder to adhere to the copper, the copper needs to be heated up.

Or, if you're like me and inexperienced with a torch, use a soldering iron to put solder where it needs to be and then heat the whole ring in the oven at about 450 degrees for a few minutes. This will fuse the solder to the copper.

Step 5: Bend the Halves

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Very carefully, bend the two halves around into ring shape with two sets of needle nose pliers. Use one hand to hold and one to bend.

Step 6: Size and Solder Joint

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Once you have a ring like shape, put the ring on the finger you will be decorating and mark where it needs to be cut. I used a cut off disc. Refit to your finger to check the size. Cut more as needed, or stretch to fit; you can fill the gap with solder.

Step 7: Grind Down and Shape Solder

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I used my rotory tool with a wood shaping bit to grind down and shape the solder to my liking.

Step 8: Polish

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It's difficult to see the difference in these two pictures, but I used a metal polish from my Dremel kit to remove all of the tiny surface scratches and bring it to a silky smooth, mirror-like finish. Just a rag, the polish and a lot of rubbing, easy!

Now just spray the ring with clear lacquer so it won't turn your finger green. :)

Comments

RickyJ22 (author)2017-09-05

That was a very cleaver idea. ( thinking out of the box) is what I call it.

Attmos (author)RickyJ222017-09-05

Yeah, lol, that's what I call it too. Thanks, I appreciate that. :)

TrollFaceTheMan (author)2015-03-27

Very cool, and cleaver title.

Attmos (author)TrollFaceTheMan2015-03-30

Thanks very much. I'm glad you like it!

sunshiine (author)2015-03-08

What a unique idea. Love your title! Thanks so much for sharing and do have a splendorous day!

sunshiine~

Attmos (author)sunshiine2015-03-08

Thank you and thank you! You're welcome, have a great day as well. :)

attmos

use common sense (author)2015-03-05

LOVE IT !!!!!!
GREAT IDEA AND LOVE THE UNIQUENESS

Attmos (author)use common sense 2015-03-07

Thank you and welcome to Instructables!

use common sense (author)2015-03-05

Thanks for sharing :)
My son (13yr old) actually made me one :)
Thank u for sharing ur idea and steps also

Attmos (author)use common sense 2015-03-07

Wow, cool! You're very welcome. It makes me feel good to hear that it's being enjoyed and used, so thank you!

ooohlaa (author)2015-02-22

Two thoughts ... how about making a loved one a matching ring with the other screw? And secondly, you may not know that people who make jewelry actually use rings like this (screw head) to close jump rings. You wear the ring and then you insert the one of the ends of the ring into the slot, and with a jewelers pliers holding the ring you close it. Works great, have been using for years. Well anyway I may have to replace my also TINY bathroom floor to remodel, if I can ever figure out a design plan, so I will be on the lookout for the screws. Beautiful job, thanx

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)ooohlaa2015-02-25

Ooh, cool tip about closing the jump rings. Thanks! :-) I don't really do a lot of jewelry making, but I do like to alter cheap, ugly pieces I find at the dollar store and make crafts with them or stuff for Halloween and holidays. Getting the jump rings closed nicely is always a frustrating process. I never seem to get it right. I will definitely have to try this method next time.

Attmos (author)ThisIsMyNameOK2015-02-25

I still don't get the jump rings thing. Can either of you explain what it is you both get that I'm missing? I'm damn curious.

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)Attmos2015-02-26

Well, I can't speak from experience, but this is what I think ooohlala means: You use the groove in the top of the screw to line up the ends of the jump ring and keep them even as you close it.

So what I'm picturing is you hold one side of the jump ring in your long nose pliers, slide the other side into the groove, then push down against the screw to close the ends together.

Attmos (author)ThisIsMyNameOK2015-02-26

Ahhhh..... Ok. I get it, I get it. :) Not sure why I wasn't understanding, it's so simple. Thanks

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)Attmos2015-02-26

I had to read it twice myself before I got it. Nothing is ever simple before you understand it, and sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to get. :)

Attmos (author)ooohlaa2015-02-22

Yes, I have considered making a loved one ring with the other screw, maybe with some slightly noticeable difference. (unfortunately I'm without loved one to make it for) :) I'm not sure I understand your other idea, are you describing using the ring in a necklace?

Good luck with your bathroom, if you're not planning to do the labor yourself it sounds like a fun project. I think redesigning rooms is kinda fun. Consider posting the process with before and after photos. Anyway, thanks for your insight and for the compliment.

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)2015-02-25

Ha ha ha! I love the bit about the king's throne. Nice touch. :-)

Very cool idea. And I totally understand your reluctance to use a torch. I have the same feelings about anything that involves fire or electricity. Needless to say, I don't do much work with power tools of any kind.

Attmos (author)ThisIsMyNameOK2015-02-25

Thank you, very much! I'm not opposed to using these things; actually I love power tools, they are my friends, best friends. :) You Just need a little time to become familiar with each one to appreciate them. A torch is something I need to familiarize myself with. I think if you gave it a shot you'd enjoy what you can do with even the simplest power tools. A rotary tool is maybe the ticket for you if you want to give it a try. They give a little experience in a lot of different power tools.

Anyway, thanks a lot for your compliment.

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)Attmos2015-02-26

Thank you for the encouragement. :)

I'm not completely opposed to using them either, and in fact have used many in the past. I learned to use a drill and soldering iron and lots of stuff at a very early age. I also got electrocuted and burned and lots of stuff at a very early age... I want to get into using more power tools, and torches, but am lacking a good space to work in at the moment. I also have to sort through my dad's old tools and cautiously- very cautiously- check them out to see what works and what doesn't. Most of them are older than me, have never been stored or maintained properly, and quite likely have been tinkered with and altered in ways that they really ought not to be (Dad was not the cautious type).

Bacchus36 (author)2015-02-23

So you think I was being a ... Jerk about it? Let me explain. See, when someone says LOL, that means it's a ... Joke. I was being light-hearted about it. But I think I know now who the real jerk is.... Have a lovely day...

Attmos (author)Bacchus362015-02-24

Look, I hate being at odds with people on this site, it's supposed to be fun. I shouldn't have called you a jerk; it was wrong and I apologize. I guess sometimes I read too much into what I'm reading. Enjoy the site and I look forward to seeing your future projects.

Bacchus36 (author)2015-02-20

Cool! Now, how ya gonna keep your finger from turning green??? LOL

Attmos (author)Bacchus362015-02-20

Ahhh. Material taken from my throne is healing.

Bacchus36 (author)Attmos2015-02-20

Ha ha! Wear it for a few weeks and look at your finger. If I recall correctly, copper reacts and will turn your finger green where it contacts your skin unlesc you coat it with something like lacquer. But , hey, I've been wrong before.... LOL

Attmos (author)Bacchus362015-02-23

You know, it did make a slight green ring that wiped away easily, so I recommended in the instructable to coat the copper. I would have been more willing to listen to your advice if you weren't such a... jerk about it. You were right, thank you for the info, I learned something from you.

Have fun!

shambuda2000 (author)Bacchus362015-02-20

Use clear nail polish inside the ring.

RayJN (author)2015-02-23

You need to use lead free solder. Also if you don't coat the inside of the ring with something your finger is going to turn green.

Attmos (author)RayJN2015-02-23

Check and Check. :) Thanks.

Mihsin (author)2015-02-23

Very nice ring, even a king could'nt dream of one like it. I did'nt read all comments. However, if you'd copper plate it it would look even nicer and will hide the tin solder. I saved 4 baby crib copper scews like this, one of those days...

Attmos (author)Mihsin2015-02-23

Thanks very much! Yeah, I know there are instructables that teach plating and it's something I am going to learn very soon, maybe even with this ring although I kind of like the rough, unfinished look it has now.

HaHa... It's hard to throw those kind of things away isn't it.

ShakeTheFuture (author)2015-02-23

Very impressive!

Attmos (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-02-23

Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

ArtTech86 (author)2015-02-22

Wow, not what I was expecting in terms of how you made it. This is superb. I must try this. Great instructable!

Attmos (author)ArtTech862015-02-23

Thank you vey much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

stumpster (author)2015-02-22

If you do make another one, you might find that the torch can rally be your friend, if you let it. Before you begin, use the torch to heat the whole screw quite hot, then, let it sit until it cools. this is called annealing the metal, and makes it soft and malleable ( easy to cut and bend). at any point of the process where the screw gets hard to bend (from work-hardening, repeat the annealing process. When you are done, heat the ring up one last time. and plunge it into cold water to harden it, so it will maintain its shape better.

That said, it is a cool looking ring!

Attmos (author)stumpster2015-02-22

Thank you very much for the info. As I said in this I'ble, I have no knowledge or experience with a torch so I really appreciate your advice. Now that it's finished, could the hardening be done using the oven? (I don't have a torch yet)

Thanks also for your compliment. :)

stumpster (author)Attmos2015-02-22

It would be better to wait until you get a torch... doesn't have to be fancy, a standard propane plumber's torch will do- watch the oxides on the metal turn pink, then either set it aside, or plunge it into water, depending on your purpose. I guess you could hold it over a stove if you had to, though.

Attmos (author)stumpster2015-02-23

OK, thanks. I suppose it's about time I had one and learned how to use it. Thanks again for you help, I appreciate it!

Exocetid (author)2015-02-22

Just EXCELLENT! Perfect gift for an engineer, DIY'r, Maker, Handyperson, mechanic, etc.

Attmos (author)Exocetid2015-02-22

Thank you! I agree, it would make a great gift... but I think I'm gonna have to keep this one. ;)

Exocetid (author)Attmos2015-02-22

I should have added "plumber" to the gift list ?

Also, copper solder would work really well with this project.

Bowtie41 (author)Exocetid2015-02-22

This is the 1st I've ever heard of copper solder.Thanks for the link!How touchy is it to use as it flows at 1460F,and pure copper melts at 1984F?In the past,I tried some(not all)brands of "Miracle Aluminum Solder",lol,and right when it would flow,my project would dissolve.NOT a pretty sight,or for virgin ears.BTW,for others reading,if you are going to use brass bolts,you'd be better off with brazing rod or silver solder for a better color match.

Attmos (author)Exocetid2015-02-22

Haha, I think a plumber would love it. Hey, thanks for the link, that's cool. I always thought copper was too hard to melt to use as solder, but as I said I'm pretty uneducated in soldering besides the occasional electrical connection.

spylock (author)2015-02-22

The tank bolts I use are brass,still would work,and is a great idea as well as job.

Attmos (author)spylock2015-02-22

Yeah, several replacement sets were brass. I think polished brass would be just as appealing, as would even zinc plated. Thank you.

mikeasaurus (author)2015-02-22

That's clever.

Attmos (author)mikeasaurus2015-02-22

Thank you Mr. Asaurus. :)

kingofrandom92 (author)2015-02-22

I am not a ring person but I really think this turned out nice. I could see having this be a cute project for a Present. I would probably not elude it came from a toilet lol. other than that I wonder where one could get one these days as not all toilets have these older copper screws. If you can find one to buy in store and then remove the finish for the copper look or maybe even a plated silver (zink?) look. that would be cool. Great project. It really shows how something simple as a screw can really become anyhing

Attmos (author)kingofrandom922015-02-22

Thanks very much. I agree, it really is amazing how many different ways a simple object can be used. I see a lot of great examples on this site which is why I love it so much. This particular screw is the one that holds the tank to the base of the toilet. (I should probably mention that in the I'ble) :) You can buy them in many types of metal and they all have the oversized head. I've never done any metal plating but that sounds like a fun thing to try. Thanks again, I'm glad you like it

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