Before I made it I did a few rust experiments. The results here.
Step 1: Initial polish
Doing this will make it eaisier to polish towards the end.
Step 2: Cut the groove
First I marked the pipe with marker. I followed that mark by scoring a line with a pipe cutter. Next I used a carbide bit to cut the initial groove. I expanded the groove with a round hobby file.
Step 3: Refine the ring
Safety First: Use extreme caution if you use a lathe like I do. You have to understand what angles are the safest when using a file on a piece that’s spinning at 2500 RPM. Just incase you hit the chuck you want it to deflect not get bound up. Always work within your experience.
Step 4: Open the ring
Step 5: Set the tension
When I’d let go of the setting it would spring open just a little. To remedy this I held the setting closed and heated it until it was red hot. Next I quenched it in water. Now when I let go of the setting it stayed closed. This means the setting will want to spring closed instead of wanting to spring open.
The last two pictures are before and after heating.
Step 6: Clean it up
Step 7: Polish and fit
For the inside loop I used the same technique just with a smaller drill bit.
As for fitting the pearl, I used a small flat head screwdriver to pry the setting open; just enough. I slipped the pearl in the groove and removed the screwdriver.
Finally, I put it on a silver chain and placed it in the jewelry box I made. Thanks for reading.