Introduction: Cool Wave Ring

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

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//www.riogrande.com Rio Grande]

Step 2: Ring Sizing and Template

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

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

Step 4: Annealing & Soldering

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

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

Get inspired by Hyde Middle School students' ring bling!
Hydemetals

Comments

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markjel made it!(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: http://www.jewelrykind.com/content/14-free-ring-size-converter

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n-kitty made it!(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!

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Funky+Koval made it!(author)2012-03-29

Hi
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!
FK

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curious+youth made it!(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

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hydemetals made it!(author)2012-01-13

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 riogrande.com.

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curious+youth made it!(author)2012-01-13

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

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kought made it!(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!

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bg_askins made it!(author)2012-01-10

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

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mlooker made it!(author)2011-08-02

http://metalliferous.com/ 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! :)

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darkria+45 made it!(author)2011-04-11

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

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matroska made it!(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.

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matroska made it!(author)2011-04-07

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.

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snowluck2345 made it!(author)2011-03-19

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

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SAGE27 made it!(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.

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glassgirl77 made it!(author)2011-02-28

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

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Maverik made it!(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

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ogorir made it!(author)2010-01-04

Mcmaster carr (mcmaster.com)

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imthatguy1125 made it!(author)2009-09-21

Lowes

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allbeef made it!(author)2008-11-08

ace hardware

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hydemetals made it!(author)2008-02-09

Orchard supply hardware

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christine+luvs+u made it!(author)2009-04-27

nice well not so much i can see scrathces

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mainerfreebird made it!(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.

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Crucio made it!(author)2008-12-07

What size/number saw blade did you use?

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hydemetals made it!(author)2008-12-08

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.

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Crucio made it!(author)2008-12-07

What a wonderful tutorial!

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Sunny124613 made it!(author)2008-08-03

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

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Sunny124613 made it!(author)2008-08-03

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

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walmzdawg made it!(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?

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Candles made it!(author)2008-03-08

I found some at a good price
Economy Jewelers Saw Frame
Our Price: $6.97 each

http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/PROD/jeweler-saw-1-frame/SFG3-3805
going to get one today.

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yeppy623 made it!(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!!!

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holaman made it!(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!!!!!

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hyunster made it!(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.

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lakj made it!(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

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mylastanswer2u made it!(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.

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Andrei10333 made it!(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.

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vaidarnav made it!(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!

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vaidarnav made it!(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.

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vaidarnav made it!(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!

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gamesarefun1 made it!(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!

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vaidarnav made it!(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!

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vaidarnav made it!(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!

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martin123 made it!(author)2008-01-07

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

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forty9ners_fan501 made it!(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

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forty9ners_fan501 made it!(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.

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PunkRockerAppleJacks346 made it!(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!

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V-ferret made it!(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

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be+my+escape made it!(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!

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SpazzyMcgee_123 made it!(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!

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kookiegrrl made it!(author)2007-12-30

this is a fab fab tutorial!

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Dzwiedziu made it!(author)2007-12-27

All the videos are dead as for now :/

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