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Make a Titanium Ring

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Titanium is an awesome metal. If you have the patience it makes an equally awesome ring. It's a very hard material. My guess is that it takes twice as long to make compared to a nickel ring.  
 
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Step 1: Cut a piece off.

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I first tried using a scroll saw and a diamond wheel to cut the metal. You'd think I was trying to cut it with a butter knife. I ended up drilling several holes and breaking it free in a vice.

Step 2: Set it up for the lathe

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First drill a pilot hole. Then proceed to a 1/4" bit. Now you can mount it in a nut and bolt making it ready for the lathe.

Step 3: Machine it down

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Really you're making a titanium washer. I never did any measuring. I just machined it down until I thought it looked good. It's about 3/4" in diameter.

Step 4: Size your ring

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As you hammer the ring against a mandrel (I'm using a pry bar) it will expand the wall of the ring. A few things to keep in mind. While you're hammering the ring will have sharp edges. As you're trying on the ring these edges will catch on your finger; making you think the ring is smaller than it really is. Remember you can always keep hammering but you cannot shrink the ring. Make sure to check that you're not over hammering any single section of the ring. It should have an even thickness all the way around.

Step 5: Comfort fit

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Once the ring is the proper size I put it in my lathe. Use extreme caution if you're going to do like you see here. A flying tool bouncing off  1100 RPMs can land you in the emergency room. This it where I rounded over the edges on both the inside and out. To make sure the ring stayed square I used several nickels to line it up in the jaws.
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TrieuIV1 month ago

Too hard to do :(

kmiksch2 months ago

Could I just use a large bit to drill the finger hole instead of using the expanding process?

Mrballeng (author)  kmiksch2 months ago
Titanium is very strong. You would have to move up progressively with the drill bit size.
TheSurvivor994 months ago
Can you make an instructible of making a ring for stamping wax
austin1116126 months ago
What's the name ad brand of the lathe and tools
Mrballeng (author)  austin1116126 months ago
here's the link
http://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch-x-10-inch-precision-mini-lathe-93212.html
austin1116126 months ago
I didn't mean to put my love I'm use to texting my girl
austin1116126 months ago
What kind of lathe and tool is that that your using my love
nate4081 year ago
Do you think you could make this without a lathe?
Mrballeng (author)  nate4081 year ago
You could but it would take several hours.
Love it!
You are very good at making things; especially jewellery
Mrballeng (author)  cowlover123041 year ago
Thanks!
Terranan1 year ago
I absolutly love your video. The short edits, the sudden loud power tools and hammers... I lol'd. Don't know if thats the effect you wanted, but I still enjoyed it. :P
J.R.YATES1 year ago
Here is a link about titanium rings and jewelry:
http://www.titanium-jewelry.com/abouttitanium.html

And here is a link about BLACK titanium.
http://www.titanium-jewelry.com/about-black-titanium.html
J.R.YATES1 year ago
I agree with ayoung5 who said: Titanium is hard to keep looking polished, it dulls very quick (less than a week). A good polish I found for titanium is called The Original Purple Metal Polish. We use it at my work and I give the wedding ring a once over every week or so, keeps it looking new.

At our jewelry store we regulary polish our customers titanium wedding bands.
Here is how we do it. We use the 3 stage platinum polishing process to polish out gray titanium.

1) Start with 800 grit rouge compound getting deep scratches out.
2) Switch to 1500 grit
3) Final step use 8000 grit for an ultra reflective high polish

The result is very nice!

Wow! 0.0 I imagine this one had to take a while considering the toughness of the metal you were working with.. This is defiantly not a 2 hr project (unlike nickel rings).
Where can I find a little piece of titanium ?
I heard that Anodizing titanium it's amazing.
Mrballeng (author)  andreyeurope1 year ago
I've only ever seen it in 12"x12" sheets at the smallest. I got mine from onlinemetals.com
your local airport has an abundance of Ti. ask around @ repair stations. they have a lot of scrap. trust me i know
Ok. Thanks.
jnunz1 year ago
seariously, i do hope you beat the blonde that attached pvc pipe to her heels and called it a snow plow.......
Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Titanium Ring Vs. Iron Flail that is an Epic match.Good Luck my good Sir.!!
Good work and good luck. I can only imagine what you could do with a 3D printer.
Cheers!
I just use ebay for cheap Titanium plate. For jewelry purposes you really don't need to be concerned about alloy.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Metals-Alloys-/29402/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=titanium+plate
Nice work, I can only work with softer metals, titanium would drive me crazy!
ayoung51 year ago
Titanium is hard to keep looking polished, it dulls very quick (less than a week). A good polish I found for titanium is called The Original Purple Metal Polish. We use it at my work and I give the wedding ring a once over every week or so, keeps it looking new.
Your ring must not be titanium. Mine is almost 2 years old and I've never polished it and it still looks as good as the day I bought it. The silver band that holds the diamonds is scratched as hell.
I used to have a titanium ring, (until I lost it) it was naturally a tiny bit matte finished to begin with. it was pretty tough to even scuff...I'm always banging it against concrete walls and whatnot. I loved it because it was tough and light as a feather (I never wore rings till I got married) I only polished it once in the 5 years I had it...even then i don't think the polish made any real difference (too hard). My replacement ring is Tungsten Carbide... While not as tough as straight carbon steel, it's NEVER needed a polish, and still looks like the day I got it.
bruce50001 year ago
i really like the ,, titanium ring ... i dont have the tools need to do these im a small time hobbist maybe a video of how to with basic tool,s if it possible thank,s
This is an interesting instruction but I have a caution to share with you all. I spent over 30 years in the jewelry business. From time to time, someone would come to me with a ring stuck on their finger. It might have been that they shut the finger in a door and it started to swell up. It might have been an insect sting that did it. Some had just left the ring on until the finger grew over it. I had a tool that could cut the ring without harming the hand. It had a hand powered cutting blade like a very slow circular saw. Took a long time but it would cut through the gold or silver cleanly. After the cut was made, I could spread the ring and take it off.
What if there was not a jeweler close by with the tool? Then people would go to the emergency room where they had the same tool but with an electric motor to power the blade. Here is where the caution comes in: If anyone used that cutter on a titanium ring, the blade would have been completely dull in less than 10 seconds! Titanium resists that kind of cutting and it doesn't transmit heat easily. The friction of the blade on the metal generates a lot of heat. All the heat stays in the blade and kills the hardness in seconds.
Not meaning to rain on the parade but titanium rings are unsafe.
Now a suggestion: Make the ring out of a metal that can be cut and inlay it with titanium. The metal is beautiful and colorful when treated correctly. You could have a one-of-a-kind ring that is still safe to wear as long as there is a place that a blade can cut the base material. Silver is a good and not too expensive choice. Softening the silver would allow for the inlay process.
Peace.
It's a concern but the number of people who have had to get their rings cut off is such a small percentage.
I'm betting the percentage that had their finger cut off instead -- was higher? :)
If you are going to make or buy a titanium ring, make sure that you use "plain" or nearly pure titanium such as the grade 2 (aka CP-2 (commercially pure 2)) titanium that Mr. Balleng was using. Most ring cutters will cut through pure titanium readily. Grade 5 titanium (also known as aerospace titanium or Ti6Al4V) is extremely difficult to cut off of someone's finger safely. As FrancisKisner noted, most ring cutters (even the ones in the ER) won't do it. Tungsten Carbide rings (sometimes misrepresented as pure tungsten) are even worse. The only thing that reliably cuts tungsten carbide is diamond. Good luck using a high-speed diamond wheel on an already mangled finger.


I bet that CP2 ring Mr. Balleng made would anodize to all kinds of beautiful colors.
You make a good point, that it's generally unwise to wear a ring made of a hard, or hardened, metal for the reasons stated. However today's ERs tend to have carbide or diamond wheel cutoff blades that will eventually get through Ti, and generally speaking when cutting metal on metal you're supposed to use a cutting fluid or oil to clear away chips as well as decrease blade surface temperature. Even so, why make it harder to remove than it needs to be? A ring doesn't need to be far more durable than the hand wearing it.

However, if it's soft metal you may not even need the trip to a pro, can just snip it off with common hand tools.
I was wondering how many drill bits and other tools died in the making of the ring. I'd assume it will be quite a few.
Low rpm,and a little heavier than normal feeds and even carbon steel tools will hold up for awhile on titanium.Another tip is to freeze it before turning or drilling.We used to soak 12' bars in liquid nitrogen before running in screw machines,and when the finish on the parts started to go,would sharpen the tooling,and resoak the bars.Of course this was high production.I've made several titanium parts with ordinary hand tools.
Very interesting and hopefully useful information. I just don't know when Ill get my hands on some titanium. The mind is willing but the wallet is weak.
askjerry1 year ago
Did you know that by putting Titanium into a conducting liquid and running a DC current through it you can anodize it to different colors?

Read this: http://mrtitanium.com/interference.html

Pretty neat stuff!
And... if you want to watch a video to really show it to you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N07NpyXisRg

This really shows you how fast it is. I gotta get some Titanium... fun stuff.
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