Step 6: Open the Prongs

Open the Prongs

You can take a small pair of pliers and bend the prongs 1mm fairly safely without snapping the prongs off.

If you need to bend the prongs more you can torch them. Be sure to be in a low lighting room and have the ring on a concrete block. Allow the silver to turn slightly red for several seconds. Pick up the ring with your tongs or tweezers and drop them in water. Repeat this process as needed until the stone sets low enough into the prongs.

Kendra wanted a low setting engagement ring so I had to go as low as possible with it. It helped that the seat of the sapphire is extra wide and has a rather obtuse point. Guy talk now... she's wider than she is tall. Back to specifics talk. I shaved down the inside of the prongs and ground away between the prongs to allow as much light as possible underneath without weakening the foundation of the prongs.

gwoodside: I did not have any experience in jewelry making before this ring. I will however be creating our plain wedding bands via a different process. Keep in touch cause I'll be posting that in the next month or 2!
<p>Awsome.. Did you have any other jewelry making experience before making this ??</p>
No girl in her right mind could say anything but YES to a man who makes such a big effort for her!
Tim McCreight eat your heart out! <br>Thanks for the inspiration.
this is certainly an interesting way to approach making a ring. i might have both made a bigger hole under the stone, and fabricated the setting out of a harder metal. you will have to keep track of wear on those prongs, as fine silver is quite soft and is prone to deformation as you mentioned. i am a professional jeweler with 16+ years experience and a long education, so i am not knocking your project, just letting you know what i think. over all, it is an interesting approach and a nice result, congrats on your engagement!
savagegirl, <br> <br>I adore you having so much experience under your belt. Your words carry incredible weight in my mind. <br> <br>I learned so much about this project and steps during and you are absolutely correct. My goal is to closely examine her ring at least every month and spot check it when holding her hand as I've already been doing. I plan on making a platinum ring for her later down the road once I've get a tool set for platinum. I'll hold my breath till then. <br> <br>Thank you so very much! I love that she'll just stare at it for minutes at a time. I just wonder what goes through her head during those times. I'm jealous of your profession! You bring so much joy to people. I had never realized before just how happy a ring can make a lady.
First off, nice instructable and idea, and congrats on your engagement! Kudos, too, for not using a boring ol' diamond. Boo to the DeBeers!<br> <br> Second, while in school for Metalsmithing, I heard from one of the grad students that Platinum is very malleable, as well. He said it's so malleable that it resists being filed. So, for example, if your piece got a dent/scratch, trying to file it would result in the imperfection elongating along the direction of your filing (before, I assume, being filed away). Just a heads up that you might want to do your research into Platinum forming before attempting similar steps to the ones above. Anyone with more than my heard-it-from-this-one-guy-knowledge feel free to correct me!
While i worked in commercial jewelry doing repairs, i did a tiny bit of work with platinum, and found it very hard to clean up, and weld.....not braze, weld. it files worse than soft copper, and was very hard to pull up a high polish on. for my bets, i would go for the not the whitest option of 18k white, not impossible to work, firm, and only vulnerable to chlorine.
Thanks, it has been a great profession for everything but making lots of money. I really enjoy making jewels for important occasions of all sorts for people. I become a small and enduring part of their joy. <br> <br>While I personally chose not to have an engagement ring, i thought the money better spent on a new car.....for me to commute to art school in, i understand that many women cherish and do really love these rings. It is always a honor to be involved in making them. i think your fiance's is extra special because you made it for her. <br> <br>I am still so impressed with your motivation, and i didn't mention, that by choosing a stone other than a diamond, you are not participating in money laundering for warlords, yes it is still happening, and not paying into the DeBeers cartel, as well as showing a beautiful and unusual colored stone off! <br>Good for you all around!
You should try making a puzzle ring for her. That way she'll stare at the ring for hours at a time (trying to solve it)! :D <br> <br>something like this (not made by me):
I just love this Instructable! Beautiful ring that has such meaning. And such a pretty stone! <br> <br>Also, welcome to Instructables! My sister introduced me to this site several years ago and I just love it.
I didn't even think about taking a chunk of silver and cutting it down. GENIUS! Yet.. There's a lot of waste.. Which.. I guess I you have a forge you could melt it all back into a bar. <br>But then again if you had a forge you would just melt down your metal and pour it into a ring mold.
I know right!? I looked all over for a guide to cut a ring out of a block. I lost a lot of my investment but I did save most of the fallen silver dust by lying tracing paper on the floor. I like the idea of melting it down and making a block of it but I will most definitely save some for a little girl's &quot;pixie dust&quot; one day. :)
Wow what an absolutely beautiful ring! I never even knew there was a sapphire that could change color! I love every bit of this post xD<br>Congrats man you deserve it! :3
Thank you! <br> <br>I'm sure you can look it up all over Wikipedia. That's what I did when I wanted to know more about them. They are quite rare and expensive for specific color changes. I'm so lucky to have found an exquisite natural one at a mom and pop store.
What a beautiful stone! So much better than dropping thousands of dollars on something with little meaning - you did an amazing job!
Thank you so much! Kendra is the one who introduced me to this site and I've enjoyed it ever since. She is a creative soul and this means the world to her.
so you seem to have a lot left over from the 5oz bar, would a 1oz bar (or 2 if they make it) have been a better fit? i am unfamiliar with how troy oz translates to physical dimensions. I want to make one but spending over a hundred bucks on the silver alone is a bit steep. any suggestions? the ring would be small, about a size 5.5
ampennes, <br>I had an enormous left over from the bar. I did that because it was my first time making a ring let along that method. I looked at silver bars and sizes and came up with the following. <br>The inside of your 5 1/2 size ring will need 16.1mm diameter on the inside. Kendra's ring is 3mm thick. You need at least a 19.1mm bar at that measurement (not including prongs) Turns out the Johnson Matthey 1 oz bar is 29mm wide and 2.7mm deep and 50mm long. <br>See following references: <br>http://www.ebay.com/gds/Bullion-bars-Weights-Dimensions-/10000000004190745/g.html <br>http://www.apmex.com/product/68308/1-oz-johnson-matthey-silver-bar-new-jm-logo-reverse-999-fine <br> <br>I thought Kendra's ring would do well to be a bit thinner so that $25 bar should work. Please note that your prongs will be much thinner than mine so you may want a 3mm wide stone. 4mm might be pushing it but I'm sure it's possible. <br> <br>Hopefully that save you a bunch of money. Otherwise I still have that half a bar left over if you're interested. <br> <br>I'll need to get some of that fine 1500 sand paper. My finishing job wasn't so shiny. Thanks for the recommendation!
also really fine sandpaper goes a long way. i've been going up to 1500 grit on the rings i've been making and the finish is just amazing
This is so sweet X3<br>My fianc&eacute; just proposed to me on Saturday, so I'm still all girly and spazy :P<br>Sorry<br>The ring is really pretty, though :)<br>I had never heard of a color changing sapphire either
Beautiful creation! I've never heard of an ever changing sapphire before, my husband is going to be in trouble...<br><br>Congrats on your engagement!
Great job! God has blessed you both!
Beautiful work! And a color changing sapphire sounds awesome!

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