Step 3: Straitening the Ring Blank

The down side of using a long arm metal shear is it will always put a curve in the ring blank which will need to be straitened out (image 2). The plus side of using a jewellers hand saw, is the metal will remain flat and the next step can be skipped.

Anneal the sterling silver. A steel block and a rawhide hammer (image 3) will be needed. However anytime a steel tool is used, stop and ask the question "what could I damage". Steel is harder than sterling silver and can damage it very easily. As my teacher used to say "if you don't want to take it out, don't put it in". Any dents in the steel will transfer into the sterling silver, use a piece of stiff cardboard in between the steel and sterling silver to prevent this (image 4). Straitening a piece of metal can be tricky, too much force will actually cause it to curl, so be observant; if the sterling silver does not move, then hit harder, but if it curls hit lighter. I call this the "Goldilocks Syndrome", not too light, not too hard, just right (image 5)

To learn more about how to anneal sterling silver click here to read my tutorial or turn to page 46 in the July, 2012 issue
<p>Thank you so much for sharing the tip to making perfect joints with the jewelers saw. It saves me so much time over filing the ends and trying to make them fit. Your directions are well written and easy to follow. </p>
<p>best by far</p>
<p>LOVE your tutorial.</p><p>I WISH you were my instructor - mine makes all non-perfect students feel stupid when they have issues. </p><p>Please make note - the &quot;Linus&quot; mag no longer exists. It's last issue was Oct 2012. The site will not also allow anyone new to sign up to access the tutorials that are &quot;allegedly&quot; still there. </p>
<p>This is a seriously well done instructable, thanks very much for making all this effort - you've saved me hours of trial-and-error in my workshop!</p><p>One comment I would have is where you say &quot;anneal the silver&quot; and then in the same paragraph describe straightening it. Obviously someone of your skill level knows annealing is done with heat not hammering, but that's not completely clear in the text. A tiny change in the text layout would make all the difference there.</p>
This ring is stunning! Thanks for the easy-to-follow directions. I would love to see you do a similar Instructable with a copper band that has sterling silver on the inside and riveted over the ends. Hope that makes sense. I like to work with copper; but, of course, it turns your finger green. I would like to know how to coat the inside with sterling silver, either by soldering it on (?) or, like I said earlier, placing it inside the copper and then riveting it over the ends. Not sure if I'm using the correct terminology. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!
Doh! I was looking for the calculations you would use to measure out the ring... Just need a refresher. Something about adding pie to your length to account for the thickness???
thank you, excellent instructable. I was looking for info on finishing the inside of a ring I made from sterling silver clay. <br>Janice
Nice work. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to download the PDF.
Cool. Seems like a fun project. <br>Makes me wanna get some silver and go try this out in the shop. <br>Although out of personal taste, I don't think I'd add the hammering at the end. I kind of like the more simple solid silver ring.
Top quality instruction here. Thank you very much for posting. What would you say is closest in comparison to silver when working with metal? That is between copper, nickel, steel, zinc, lead, brass, bronze, pewter, and aluminum. Thanks. Brent
copper will harden when worked so it can start to crack that makes it tough to get into final form <br>nickel will need a tig welder to close up it looks best and stays looking great <br>steel will rust will lose luster fast acids in skin will eat it away at joints <br>zinc,lead are toxic home shops can not work safely <br>brass is fun good to start with also to make a test part to see if idea works <br>bronze is hard and chips easy <br>pewter i have only worked with the old type it is also toxic the new mix is safe like bronze it is hard and chips/cracks <br>aluminum is tricky needs special type of solder can be worked easy with file and hammer <br>silver is the best, for the price practice on brass
Thanks for the advice. Brass it is.
Hello Brent, <br> <br>Well, I've never worked with nickel, steel, zinc or lead, but I would say brass is closest. But 14 karat Gold is a better match. <br> <br>Thank you for your kind words. <br>Nicole.
Where does one purchase sterling silver sheets stock?
Hello John, <br> <br>A good source is http://www.riogrande.com/ <br> <br>one of my favoriate online stores for all things jewellery. But depending where you live, there might be a local jewellery supply store. <br> <br>nicole.
very cool. I have been researching ring making for a while, i really want to make an engagement ring for my girlfriend. I think it would be more meaningful then buying one. but there is still so much to learn and working with those kind of expensive materials i want to make sure i get it right!
Great Instructable! I have most of the important tools already, just materials. As far as sizing charts go - Is there something printable available? Like a sizing chart with MM or .001 marks that I can verify with calipers?
Excellent instructable! Qualifies, in my mind, as THE model for posting how-to articles. Photographs, lots of them, excellent lighting and composition. Your text strikes a good balance between friendly and inviting, and clear and exact. Keep 'em coming!
Marked this as a favorite, thanks much. <br> <br>Agree that brass and copper are good workable metals also. <br>Can you recommend a good source for jewellery metals? <br> <br>Bill
Hello Bill, <br> <br>A good source is http://www.riogrande.com/ <br> <br>one of my favoriate online stores for all things jewellery. <br> <br>nicole.
Excellent! Takes me back to my mounting jewel(l)er days in the 'quarter in Brum..
What is the total cost to get tools and material to start building rings as a hobby?
I never suspected it took so much effort to create a simple ring! Thank you for opening my eyes! Great instructible!!!
Very good result! Thanks for the info.
great instructable, that ring turned out nice. <br>

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