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This is a simple brass ring with a silver nugget soldered on top. You will need brass and silver as materials. 

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Step 1: The materials

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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

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For cutting and filing:
- Cutters
- Pliers
- Files (large and small)
- Dremel with sand paper bit
- Sand paper

For forming:
- Ring mandrel
- Hammer

Step 3: Tools for soldering and pickling

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For soldering:
- Soldering tweezer
- Soldering pik
- Solder (silver)
- Flux
- Ceramic tile
- Torch (I use a whale torch with a small propane tank)

For pickling:
- 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

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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.
Great instructible! I am a silversmith and I think I would solder the ring joint and the silver nugget at the same time. Maybe not for beginners, but it could save you some time and effort. :)
So simple and so pretty! You have such wonderful directions too :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
Thanks!! I'll take a look at that contest for sure :)
TomCloss2 years ago
Great walk through on soldering the ring and adding the nugget.

Just a comment for safety as I work a lot with Jewelry. I typically work with silver but due to the price of silver I've moved into other materials brass, bronze, copper, and pewter being some of these metals. All of these materials have their advantages and disadvantages as I've found.

Be sure to use brass supplied for jewelry or plumbing. At the least make sure it is lead free. I found most brass if its not stated as lead free can contain up to 7% lead. This is ok for some applications but not for something a person might be wearing through out a day for multiple days. Just a heads up on something I learned when starting my brass work.
AudreyDesjardins (author)  TomCloss2 years ago
Thanks for the great comment! This is a real issue and thanks for pointing this out. I always buy my brass in a jewelry store, just to make sure I get the good stuff!
dchall82 years ago
Just so you know before you go to the work to make this project, as brass oxidizes it leaves a black oxide on your skin.
AudreyDesjardins (author)  dchall82 years ago
Thanks for your comment dchall8. Brass does oxidize on some skins, but not on all. I have been wearing this ring for the past year and it never oxidized. I have friends who are wearing it as well without oxidization. I, unfortunately, also know a few people who have a skin that reacted to the brass and the oxidation happened for them. If this happens, you can also make the same ring with silver instead (or even gold!).
This is awesome. I love seeing how jewelry is made. :)

The rings are adorable, too!