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Introduction: Cool Wave Ring

About: 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 my hands and love to inspire other in this doing the same.

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!
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    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

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

    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

    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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    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.

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

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

    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! :)

    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

    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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    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.

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

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

    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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