Introduction: Cool Wave Ring

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You will learn how to make a cool wave ring. View the following videos to learn how to
size your finger and use a jeweler's saw to cut your template. You will also learn how to soften the brass by annealing it, and then silver solder the ring together by using a torch. Finish the cool wave ring off by sanding and buffing it until it shines. Finally, get inspired by checking out Step 6: INSPIRABLES. This instructable was created with and for Hyde Middle School students as an instructional aid in their metal shop classes.

Step 1: Supplies

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Here is a list of tools and supplies needed:
Most tools and supplies can be found at your local hardware store. Any specialty tools and supplies can be found at [http://http// Rio Grande]

Step 2: Ring Sizing and Template

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In this video you will learn how to size your finger and make a template for your cool wave ring.

Step 3: Jeweler's Saw: Cutting Out Template

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This video will instruct you how to use a jeweler's saw to cut out your cool wave ring design.

Step 4: Annealing & Soldering

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This video will describe how to soften metal by using the annealing process, as well as how to silver solder the ends of your ring together.

Step 5: Sanding and Buffing

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This video will show you how to sand your cool wave ring, and then buff it until it shines.

Note: Some people may have an allergic reaction to certain types of metal. You may want to put some type of clear coat on your ring to keep it from turning your finger green. Clear finger nail polish also works well.

Step 6: Inspirables

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Get inspired by Hyde Middle School students' ring bling!


markjel (author)2014-02-28

what a beautiful tutorial. by the way the easiest way to find your ring size is to download and use this application for free:

n-kitty (author)2012-08-30

Hey! this is such a great instructable!
I was just wondering how do you do the little stick people or writings etc?
:) thanks!

Funky Koval (author)2012-03-29

Firstly thank you very much for this awesome tutorial! This is very useful !!
I have a few question about soldering. First, about flux for soldering aluminium (if and what can I do prepare this in my house?), for example, how I can solder ultra thin aluminium sheet from coke can? May I do this with as solder wire, piece of bar of aluminium from the same coke can? What kind of torch I must have, just like this above is enough? And I have another question about soldering copper or brass. In this method which You show above, after soldering exist any visible mark of sew, or another colour aberration?
Thanks for all, cheers!

curious youth (author)2012-01-12

how did you do the stars on the last image in the intro? i want to do something similar to those but i havent done anything like this before

hydemetals (author)curious youth2012-01-13

The stars are done with a metal stamp. It is a good idea to anneal the metal first to soften it up. These stamps can be purchased through

curious youth (author)hydemetals2012-01-13

Ok then thanks :) great instructable btw so detailed and easy to follow especialy for first time ring makers like me. cheers again

kought (author)2011-01-23

I can not find any place to buy the brass! I have check Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware. I can't find the right thing online either!

bg_askins (author)kought2012-01-10

lowes has brass and copper in the hobby drawer in the hardware area (nuts and bolts isle)

mlooker (author)kought2011-08-02 has sheets of just about every metal you can want. I was buying copper & brass from them for pendants - nice to have another use for them! :)

darkria 45 (author)kought2011-04-11

just get a nice brass pipe or something thats brass and the right thickness, cut it to where you and flatten it. i got a pipe, cut through th middle, and hammered it flat

matroska (author)2011-04-07

Holy carp. This is one hell of an interesting instructable!

All the step are so detailed!

With this, and my current knowledge of metalworking (not very extensive... but existing), I'll attempt some silver plated rings, and perhaps eventually gold-plated rings too.

matroska (author)matroska2011-04-07

A little more about plating ... I'm sure there many instructable out here that could explain how it works and how to do it properly.

The basic concept is quite simple: You put your finished piece in a conductive solution, you add the "donor" metal (the metal from which some material will be taken) and you pass a current between your piece and the donor metal (the current will 'flow' in your solution which is conductive). This will indeed grab some material from the donor and deposit it evenly on your piece. The process is permanent.

snowluck2345 (author)2011-03-19

Is the solder seam obviously visible? is it a different color?

SAGE27 (author)2011-02-27

This looks fun and easy, but how long do you have to wait for the brass to cool down for, until you bend the metal. Does it still have to be alittle warm, or at least cool to the touch. I'm new to metal work.

glassgirl77 (author)SAGE272011-02-28

The metal can cool right down before you bend it. Once it is annealed it will soft and easier to work.

Maverik (author)2008-02-09

Hey i know you said you could find the brass stock at home depot, but i couldnt find any. Any suggestions on where else to find stock? thanks

ogorir (author)Maverik2010-01-04

Mcmaster carr (

imthatguy1125 (author)Maverik2009-09-21


allbeef (author)Maverik2008-11-08

ace hardware

hydemetals (author)Maverik2008-02-09

Orchard supply hardware

christine luvs u (author)2009-04-27

nice well not so much i can see scrathces

mainerfreebird (author)2009-04-15

I like that you showed the cutting basically in "real time" so we could have an idea of how long it takes.

Crucio (author)2008-12-07

What size/number saw blade did you use?

hydemetals (author)Crucio2008-12-08

Thank you for the question. I didn't realize that I did not include the size jeweler saw blade. The blade is a 0 or a 1. The rule of thumb is that there is at least two teeth per thickness of metal.

Crucio (author)2008-12-07

What a wonderful tutorial!

Sunny124613 (author)2008-08-03

awesome, I finally have the time to look @ this one...

Sunny124613 (author)Sunny1246132008-08-03

also, wat if you dont have a jewelers saw, can u use an old fashioned jig saw?

walmzdawg (author)2008-06-10

can you do this with stainless steel? as in can u still use the solder? and how muhc did this cost u in total?

Candles (author)2008-03-08

I found some at a good price
Economy Jewelers Saw Frame
Our Price: $6.97 each
going to get one today.

yeppy623 (author)2008-01-16

So niceo!!! I was very confused at annealing and soldiering but this video you made showed how to do it clearly! I wish I had time to make a ring...
I think it will help other students much, too!!!

holaman (author)2008-01-16

good job! i didnt start but i might start soon! u make it look so easy ur so pro i mean i like the jeweling saw part very well made thank u!!!!!

hyunster (author)2008-01-14

Nice!! Nice way of showing all the tools.For the youtube video,you dont really need music.It kinda makes you not pay attention to the movie.

lakj (author)2008-01-10

Nice job, Mr. Nolte! The ring you made is so cool! Your step-by-step video was pretty nice too. The only thing I would suggest you to do would be to speed up the long parts because they were kinda boring. Other than that, your instructable was perfect! Sincerely, your student, Andrew Johnson. Period 2. Hyde Middle school

mylastanswer2u (author)2008-01-10

I love how you spread out the materials and the steps are easy to follow. I also like it how you zoomed in on the annealing to show the change of color.

Andrei10333 (author)2008-01-09

I think the wave ring is very cool, the step are very easy to follow, and it looks like you spend a lot of time making these movies.

vaidarnav (author)2008-01-09

radical! i never knew that hyde could make these cool rings! i liked the second last one the best. rock on hyde! great videos Mr. N! this helps more than anything!

vaidarnav (author)2008-01-09

hey! that was a great video! i thought that it really looked like a pro's movie or some thing. not that boring, yet strangly interesting. i liked the buffing part.

vaidarnav (author)2008-01-09

i thought it was a good instructable step. also, some of the words couldn't be seen either in the background or the disappeared to fast. Nice!

gamesarefun1 (author)2008-01-08

Thanks for the instructions! Now i will have a ring that looks just like how i want it to! I will know how to make a ring!

vaidarnav (author)2008-01-08

i thought that it was great! i loved how you looked at details such as the jewelers saw, and good safety precautions! its a good instructable for begginers. Rock on!

vaidarnav (author)2008-01-08

wow! i never thought that this would be so informative! i thought that i could really get started with the ring with this. super!

martin123 (author)2008-01-07

thats preety cool, you can make a preety good business selling those

forty9ners_fan501 (author)2008-01-07

this display inspired me and its cool how stundents can do this stuff and btw the second to last one is mine and its so awesome personally i think its da best because its unique

forty9ners_fan501 (author)2008-01-07

thiis really helped me make my ring especially the sodering part because i was stuck and didnt know what to do thank you.

PunkRockerAppleJacks346 (author)2008-01-07

Thank you for your instructions on rings. Although I have only a few days left in this class I will certainly keep these instructions in mind if I ever want to make a ring! So thanks again and I hope you win the laser cutter so good luck on that!

V-ferret (author)2008-01-06

Mr.Nolte so far awesome only thing explain how to check the tension on the jewelers saw and maybe type out the instructions Because some people can't watch videos on you tube and thus they are robbed of a learning experience

be my escape (author)2008-01-04

This is really cool! It’s great to have all the instructions here because I really didn’t have a good view when mr. nolte was explaining the whole thing so I was like “wait, what do u do?” but now since I looked at this thing I have a better understanding at how to make a ring. Also, the pictures are great. Good job!

SpazzyMcgee_123 (author)2008-01-03

Over the break I looked at many different instructables and the Cool Wave Ring does the best job demonstrating the procedure to make a ring. All the steps for the Cool Wave Ring are very detailed and I felt that I wouldn't have any questions while making it for someone. Also, the pictures are very clear. My favorite picture shows the soldering procedure. I can tell that you put a lot of time into this instructable. Good Job Mr.Nolte!

kookiegrrl (author)2007-12-30

this is a fab fab tutorial!

Dzwiedziu (author)2007-12-27

All the videos are dead as for now :/

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Bio: I am a Middle School Industrial Arts teacher and I enjoy teaching the metal shop classes at our school. I am passionate about working with ... More »
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