When I decided to ask my wife to marry me, I started looking for the perfect ring. My sister pointed me to http://www.goldenknots.com/. The rings featured there are Turk's head knots made by Loren Damewood. They are beautiful but I wanted a ring with a diamond. I really liked the Turk's head idea, though, as knot tying is a hobby of mine. It occurred to me, that I could make the ring and that would make it all the more special. My knot hobby at that point consisted mostly of writing programs to generate instructions for how to tie knots, rather than actually tying them, but I had tied a few, so I gave it a shot. After many months of learning and experimenting, I was able to create the ring above. In this instructable, I'll go through the steps that I took to make it! I want to stress that I'm not a jeweler, and this is the only real piece of jewelry that I've made by hand. You could count the 20 or so practice rings that I made while I was figuring how I wanted the ring to look, but if you're going to tackle this project, I think you're going to have to do the same. It definitely takes practice, patience and some experimenting!
I'll start by explaining how to tie the band in steps 1-7. It will take practice to get it right, so once you've mastered those steps, we'll move on to tying the basket which will surround the diamond and how to weave that in with the band. Then finally, I'll show you how to reinforce the knot with a 3D printed gold band, which the diamond setting will also be attached to.
1. A print out of the knot we're going to tie. I'll show you how to get this in the next step.
2. Any kind of clear tape.
3. 3/64" drill bit. The hardware stores I checked only stocked bits down to 1/8". You can find these on amazon: http://amzn.to/10WJtLf
4. Wire cutters.
5. Jewelry pliers. These are needle nose pliers with round tips.
6. Ring sizer. Any local craft store should have one of these. This actually isn't absolutely necessary, but it can be handy.
7. Wire. I used 28 gauge, 18K dead soft gold wire. Make sure you get dead soft wire, or you'll be surprised how stiff it is! To practice you'll want to pick up some beading wire from your local craft store. I experimented with many different gauges ranging from 20 down to 32. 32 was a bit too tiny for my taste, and 24 and above makes for pretty rings without needing any reinforcement (you'll notice a gold band reinforcing the ring I made). Make sure to get plenty of practice before moving to gold wire, which you can find on etsy. Many of pictures I'll show will be of the beading wire. I was pretty focused when I was using real gold wire and didn't take many pictures.
8. T-pins. You can pick these up at any office supply store or steal them from work like I did.
9. A drill or dremel. If you use a drill you may need a chuck to fit your 3/64" bit. I got mine on amazon: http://amzn.to/14WVnIa
10. A hammer, this is only necessary if you get the ring stretcher that requires it (see #12).
11. A small diameter dowel. Anything 1/8" diameter or below. A skewer or strong toothpick would work. We'll use it to tie the basket around.
12. A ring stretcher. Again, amazon is great: http://amzn.to/1adGUsy
13. A pool cue. Get the cheapest one you can find. I went to a local billiards store and asked the owner for a cheap cue that I wouldn't even be using to play pool and he went in the back and came out with this. He didn't even charge me.