This is a simple brass ring with a silver nugget soldered on top. You will need brass and silver as materials.
Step 1: The materials
Materials for this project are brass wire of gage 14 and silver nuggets. I get mine when I cast some silver parts. Usually, when you cast silver, the people who do this, do multiple pieces at a time, attached by small sticks. When they give you the parts back (in silver), they have this stick attached to them and cut off by cutters. This is what makes this pointy shape. So I used to keep these parts, and one day, I realized they would make awesome embellishments on a ring!
Step 2: The tools for forming
For cutting and filing:
- Files (large and small)
- Dremel with sand paper bit
- Sand paper
- Ring mandrel
Step 3: Tools for soldering and pickling
- Soldering tweezer
- Soldering pik
- Solder (silver)
- Ceramic tile
- Torch (I use a whale torch with a small propane tank)
- Pot and stove
- White vinegar (serves to replace the chemical pickling typically used. I just prefer this because it is something I can get easily and it works well with my flux)
- Bucket of water
Step 4: Start by forming the ring
First, cut a piece of the brass wire. Use pliers and your fingers to make it round. Make sure that it is flat and that the two ends touch very well. (the two ends have to be completely flat. Remember that the solder will not fill in any gaps, it will simply attach the parts that already touch). Finally, make sure that it is the right size on the mandrel.