Introduction: Recycled Copper Spinner Ring

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Using simple soldering and metal-working techniques, this Instructable will teach you how to make a spinner ring made entirely of recycled copper. This ring works great as a fashionable fidget for your busy daily life. It also functions as a meditative focus. Mostly, though, it's a cute and stylish ring that goes with any aesthetic!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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**Before you begin, please note that working with flames and tools can be dangerous. Please take the necessary precautions :)

To make this Recycled Copper Spinner Ring you will need:

1: Anvil

2: Dapping Block

3: Scrap of Copper Wire, I'm using 20 Gauge

4: 1/4" section of 1" Copper Pipe

5: Magnesia Block for Soldering

6: Dual Head Nylon Jewelers Hammer

7: Ring Mandrel

8: Protectaclear (optional)

9: Copper Bearing Solder

10: Wire Cutter

11: Steel Wool

12: Butane Torch

Not Pictured: Hammer

Optional: Pliers to grab your hot copper ring

You will also need to either know your ring size or have a ring that fits you for this project.

Step 2: Determine Your Ring Size

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Find a ring that you own and that fits you comfortably.

Slide it onto the ring mandrel to determine your ring size.

Step 3: Form Ring

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In this step you will need:

-Ring Mandrel

-Dual Head Nylon Jewelers Hammer

-1/4" section of 1" Copper Pipe

Slide the 1/4" section of 1" copper pipe onto the ring mandrel and use your hammer to strike the section of copper until it stretches to the ring size that was determined during step 2.

TIP: Hold the mandrel with your non dominant hand, with the base touching the bottom of your sternum to anchor. Strike the copper lightly with your dominant hand and watch the ring slide into your desired step on the mandrel.

Step 4: Shape Spinner

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For this step you will need:

-Your ring base (1/4" piece of 1" Copper Pipe)

-Scrap piece of copper wire

- Wire Cutter

-Ring Mandrel

-Nylon hammer

-Anvil

Wrap the scrap piece of wire around the ring base to get a general size of your spinner.

Using the wire cutter, snip off the excess wire.

Place your wire on the ring mandrel and use the nylon hammer to perfect your ring shape.

Once your ring is looking more like a ring, take it off the mandrel and place it on your anvil.

Strike the wire on the anvil to ensure your ring lays flat.

Step 5: Anneal

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You will need:

- Your Copper Ring base

-Magnesia Block for Soldering

-Butane Torch

-Protective Gear (Gloves, apron etc.)

Set your magnesia block on a non-flammable surface, and place your copper ring base on top. Using your torch, anneal (heat) your copper until it is red hot.

Once your copper is glowing, turn off your torch and either let your copper air cool or quench it in a cup of water.

Step 6: Polish and Smooth

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Use steel wool to remove the scale from the annealing process, and smooth out any rough edges.

TIP: If you have access to a dremel, this step works well with a carbon steel bit.

Step 7: Final Fit Check & Solder

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You will need:

-Both Copper Rings

-Magnesia Block

-Solder Paste and Paintbrush

-Butane Torch

Place your spinner on top of the copper base, and do a final test to see if your spinner spins.

Remove the base and set aside.

Set your copper wire spinner on the magnesia block.

Paint a small amount of solder paste onto the joint.

TIP: If you get too much solder paste on the joint, it can be easily removed with a paper towel.

Turn on your butane torch and adjust to a 1/2" cone of flame.

Heat the copper around the solder & joint and remove the flame once the paste has turned silver and begins to flow.

Allow the copper to cool, or quench to speed up the process.

Set aside.

Step 8: Create 1st Flared Edge

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You will need:

-Anvil

-Dapping Punch that is a little larger than your ring

- Copper Ring Base

-Hammer

Move your Ring base onto the anvil, and place the dapping punch in the center. Gently tap the flat end of the dapping punch to get desired flare.

NOTE: Since your copper is annealed, the ring is going to be a lot softer than you might be used to.

Feel free to move up a dapping punch to get a deeper flared edge.

Step 9: Create Second Flared Edge

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Slip your copper spinner onto the ring.

With the flared side against the anvil, repeat step 8 to create the second flared edge.

Step 10: Solder Edges

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You will need:

-Solder Paste

-Magnesia Block

-Butane Torch

Place ring onto the magnesia block.

Paint solder paste onto the top flare of your ring.

Turn on your torch and adjust the flame to .5"-1" heat the paste until it turns silver.

NOTE: If you add too much solder, it will flow onto the rest of your ring. I think it looks neat either way, but if you are going for a cleaner look, start with a small amount of solder.

Let the ring cool, or use a pliers to flip it over.

Repeat the steps above for the other flared edge.

Let cool, or quench in a cup of water.

Step 11: Polish and Seal

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Use steel wool (or a dremel) to remove residual scale.

Polish as little or a much as you want.

Optional: Add a layer or of protectaclear to protect against any unwanted patina / turning your finger green.

Step 12: Give It a Spin!

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Give your new ring a spin!

High five! You're finished!

Comments

mrsmerwin (author)2017-05-07

I love it. Might make this my first solder project.

tototwoblue (author)2017-05-02

Very well written instructable. Clear appropriate photos. Detailed steps. I have been making jewelry for 30 + years, but recently started wire wrapping and metal forming. This is the first detailed spinner ring instructions I have found online that I could follow and feel I can now make a ring. Thank you for the clear photos and great detailed instructions. Hope you win the contest. Good luck. Looking forward to making my own.

Mikhandmaker. (author)2017-05-01

Beautiful + vote?

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