Introduction: SERPENT RING

An easy and cool ring, made from a scrap piece of copper.

Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED

MATERIAL:

-scrap piece of thick copper wire, this is 10 gauge, 12 is fine too.

TOOLS:

-ring mandrel or tube of the desired circumference;

-hammer;

-hard still surface (I just use a bigger hammer);

-round nose and flat nose pliers;

-file;

-metal hole punch;

-wire cutter.

Step 2: ANNEAL

Anneal the whole copper wire on a flame to make it soft to bent.

Hold it with pliers, as it became super hot!

Step 3: CUT a PIECE

Cut a piece of the copper wire, it should be long enough to make 2 wrap around your finger (than it will stretch more when hammering and will do 2 and 1/4).

Step 4: HAMMER

Hammer the whole wire a little bit flat, and the two edges a lot, so they will look like in the photos.

Step 5: THE TAIL

Cut one of the edge in a pointy shape.

Step 6: FILE

File the tail, file the head.

Step 7: EYE

With the awl make an hole for the eye, than file it down in the behind, so it won't have any sharp edge.

Step 8: ANNEAL AGAIN

Anneal again the whole piece, so it will be easy to wrap.

Step 9: WRAP IT

Wrap it around the mandrel or tube, at the desired size.

Step 10: DONE

Done! Polish it…or not.

You don't feel like to make one? Here is the ones we sell!

Comments

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armin 7 (author)2016-06-13

perfectttttttt.. thanks alot buddy

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Kiteman (author)2016-02-20

That looks really good, though, since copper turns my skin green in about 5 minutes, I think I'd use silver wire.

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Alywolf (author)Kiteman2016-02-21

try turtle wax, I know it sounds funny, but you really love a copper piece, coat it all in turtle wax, let it dry then buff it off. then repeat at least twice. It gives a great protection to the copper and won't tarnish the skin...

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Kiteman (author)Alywolf2016-02-21

Oh, good to know!

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Alywolf (author)Kiteman2016-02-22

a trick that I learned from

http://www.glaciermetalarts.com/

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marcellahella (author)Alywolf2016-02-22

I also knew carnuba wax is good for this, and natural

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clear nail polish will do the trick too and shine it up

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marcellahella (author)Alywolf2016-02-22

I also knew carnuba wax is good for this, and natural

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Alywolf (author)marcellahella2016-02-23

ooh I will go in search of that

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warriorethos2 (author)2016-02-20

marcellahella, your instructable for the serpent ring was easy to follow. Your the first that I have read that you sell the product that you make. Good luck in the jewelry contest.

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Thank you!

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CraftAndu (author)2016-01-18

This looks really pretty! You have my votes!

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marcellahella (author)CraftAndu2016-01-28

Thank you!

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mholcomb1 (author)2016-01-03

Hi! I was wondering if the material you use for making the ring turns your skin green. I tend to forget to remove my rings before washing my hands. Also, I enjoyed your Celtic brooch instructible too! :)

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marcellahella (author)mholcomb12016-01-04

Thank you!

Yes it does stain a little, to some people more, to some other less...

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Cairnz (author)2015-12-25

That's very nice! Did you use liver of sulfur or some other agent to darken the copper? Does the pointed end ever catch on things? I don't like snakes but I'm going to have to make one of these. I might just paddle both ends though to avoid creeping myself out. LOL

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marcellahella (author)Cairnz2015-12-26

Thank you!

I didn't use any patina, it just an old piece of copper that had already some one, plus it get more when annealed and more when hammered on a old still surface. Than I didn't polish it.

The ring I have doesn't get catch in things, because the size is perfect for me, so it stay well close-fitting to my finger, and no much can pass in between.

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JokerDAS (author)2015-12-24

Sning! The snake ring from one of my favorite books! Way cool!

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marcellahella (author)JokerDAS2015-12-24

:)

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emilyvanleemput (author)2015-12-23

Beautiful design!

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Thank you!

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Edbed (author)2015-12-23

Great instructable. It's such a lovely simple design.

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marcellahella (author)Edbed2015-12-23

Thanks

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jlepack (author)2015-12-22

Cool looking ring. Sort of medevil

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marcellahella (author)jlepack2015-12-22

Thank you

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Ultra-Indigo (author)2015-12-22

I like it a lot, voted!

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Yes!! Thank you! :)

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johnopc (author)2015-12-22

Excellent great idea.

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marcellahella (author)johnopc2015-12-22

Thank you!

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