Introduction: RING NECKLACE

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A simple pendant made with soldered scrap copper and leather.

More helpful soldering tips for this project here, in my jewelry soldering instructable.

Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED

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Materials:

- a thick copper wire scrap;

- leather cord;

- flux;

- silver or copper solder;

- pickle.

Tools:

- jewelry saw;

- hammer;

- pliers;

- metal tube (or ring mandrel);

- jewelry torch;

- soldering block.

Step 2: ANNEAL

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Anneal the copper wire on a hot flame, until red.

Step 3: CIRCLES

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Form some circles of your desired size on a ring mandrel or any metal tube.

Step 4: CUT

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Cut carefully the copper circle with the jewelry saw (use glows, the jewelry saw make nasty cuts).

You should try to obtain a cut as much clean and sharp as possible.

Step 5: CLEAN

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Make sure your piece is really clean where the soldering is going to happen.

You can pickle your piece, or use some sanding paper.

Before start soldering your soldering surfaces should touch each other perfectly.

More tips on how to clean it here, on my jewelry soldering instructable.

Step 6: FLUX

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Place some flux on the piece you need to solder.

(I made my flux with borax and table salt, 2 to 1).

Step 7: SILVER SOLDER

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Place the ring on your soldering block (I'm just using pumice gravel).

Cut a little piece of solder (I'm using silver solder), and place it on the cut of the ring.

Step 8: SOLDERING

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Solder your piece: start to heat up the whole piece from around it, and under, until everything is hot, than when you notice the flux to melt, you can slowly move on top of the soldering part.

More tips on how to do this here, on my jewelry soldering instructable.

Step 9: PIKCLE

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Pickle your piece until all the flux is gone. Pickle is more effective when warm.

I made my pickle with vinegar and table salt.

Step 10: CLEAN

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Wash your piece in warm water with a little backing soda to neutralize the acid of the pickle.

Step 11: STRAIGHTEN

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Straighten your piece on the ring mandrel, with light hammer hit.

Step 12: ANNEAL

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Anneal the piece again on an hot flame, to make it softer to work with, and to give back a nice dark patina.

Step 13: HAMMER

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Hammer it as you like, slightly flat, and with some nice texture.

Step 14: POLISH

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Give a little polish to make come out the texture.

You can use a polishing wheel with some fine polish, super fine sanding paper or just a rough rag, depending on how shiny and finish you want your piece to be.

Step 15: KNOT

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You can make a simple knot with the leather cord, or hang it from a simple chain necklace.

Step 16: THE END

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Make a simple knot on the edge of the leather cord, or an adjustable knot.

If you use a chain necklace here is my instructable on how to make a simple copper clasp.

Step 17: ALTERNATIVE

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You can make different decorative knots, I like this one (see photos).

Step 18: DONE

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Done, thank you for watching, I will soon add this piece in the jewelry section of my Etsy shop.

Comments

Gennusa (author)2016-11-01

nice! what kind of hammer is that, i like the shape!

marcellahella (author)Gennusa2016-11-01

Most of the hammers in Italy are made like that, square on a side and flat on the other, I found difficult to find them made like that in the USA.

I think it have something to do with the fact that most of our houses are made out of bricks or stone instead of been made out of wood.

bigcam (author)2016-10-01

I love the decorative knot holding the ring, but you might want to invest a couple of dollars for a clasp on the back of the necklace cord. Otherwise you may accidentally garrote yourself it becomes caught on something...

marcellahella (author)bigcam2016-10-01

Thank you.

I actually prefer a knot, and always wear my necklace that way. The necklace it's fast to put on and take off, no metal in contact with the skin, only leather, and no chance to loose it…but I never consider the chance of garrote myself in to something, thanks for the tip.

I also have a necklace clasp tutorial here: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-COPPER-NECKLAC...

I will add the link it in the instructable too.

Leopardstripes (author)2016-09-29

Ok, I give up...am sitting @ my desk at work, trying to replicate that knot (with, er, less-than-optimal materials, LOL!) How do you do that double-type knot??? Thanks!

You need to look at the 15 and 17 step photos, all of them. (Not the 16). But probably you already did...just try and try than, May be it will make the time at work pass faster!

Oh DUH! Yeah, I just looked at 17 again. Sorry!

offseid (author)2016-09-28

Wow, there is more to this than I expected when I saw the picture. This is really cool! Thanks for sharing - got my vote.

cayenne523 (author)offseid2016-09-29

I agree, Very nice skill and talent to have. Nice job.

marcellahella (author)cayenne5232016-09-29

Thanks!

marcellahella (author)offseid2016-09-29

Thank you!

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