A Ring Fit for a King ( ...it's Made of His Throne)

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About: Me? I just love building this, fixing that, and on the rare occasion creating stuff. I really enjoy repurposing the things I find and collect while working. Pre-enrolled into the Ohio State Engineering ...

I recently tore the toilet out of the half bath in my condo so I could replace the rotted subfloor below it. After rebuilding the subfloor, I felt like I needed to replace all of the hardware in the toilet before I reset the toilet so that I could be sure to never have to do it again. Trust me, working in a 30 inch by 5 foot room is not fun!

After all was said and done, I had these two seriously oxidized 3 inch solid copper screws. How could I let them go to waste. I decided to take a screw from the toilet and put it on my finger.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools:

- vice

- rotary tool and bits

- hack saw

- screw driver

- needle nose pliers

- soldering iron or torch

Materials:

- toilet bowl screw

- metal polish

- rag

- lead free solder

- clear lacquer to coat the inside of the ring

Step 2: Cut the Screw in Half

I set the screw in a vice and use a rotary tool with a cut off disc to start the cut. Then I used a hack saw to finish the cut.

Step 3: Split the Halves

Very gently, use a screwdriver to start dividing the two halves. Slowly bend each side down flat.

Step 4: Solder the Split

You will want to solder the split halves to the head of the screw at this point because, odds are, they will be a bit fragile and close to breaking off.

To solder, a torch would be the best way because, for the solder to adhere to the copper, the copper needs to be heated up.

Or, if you're like me and inexperienced with a torch, use a soldering iron to put solder where it needs to be and then heat the whole ring in the oven at about 450 degrees for a few minutes. This will fuse the solder to the copper.

Step 5: Bend the Halves

Very carefully, bend the two halves around into ring shape with two sets of needle nose pliers. Use one hand to hold and one to bend.

Step 6: Size and Solder Joint

Once you have a ring like shape, put the ring on the finger you will be decorating and mark where it needs to be cut. I used a cut off disc. Refit to your finger to check the size. Cut more as needed, or stretch to fit; you can fill the gap with solder.

Step 7: Grind Down and Shape Solder

I used my rotory tool with a wood shaping bit to grind down and shape the solder to my liking.

Step 8: Polish

It's difficult to see the difference in these two pictures, but I used a metal polish from my Dremel kit to remove all of the tiny surface scratches and bring it to a silky smooth, mirror-like finish. Just a rag, the polish and a lot of rubbing, easy!

Now just spray the ring with clear lacquer so it won't turn your finger green. :)

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    RickyJ22

    1 year ago

    That was a very cleaver idea. ( thinking out of the box) is what I call it.

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    AttmosRickyJ22

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah, lol, that's what I call it too. Thanks, I appreciate that. :)

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    sunshiine

    3 years ago on Introduction

    What a unique idea. Love your title! Thanks so much for sharing and do have a splendorous day!

    sunshiine~

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    Attmossunshiine

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you and thank you! You're welcome, have a great day as well. :)

    attmos

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    use common sense

    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing :)
    My son (13yr old) actually made me one :)
    Thank u for sharing ur idea and steps also

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    Wow, cool! You're very welcome. It makes me feel good to hear that it's being enjoyed and used, so thank you!

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    ooohlaa

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Two thoughts ... how about making a loved one a matching ring with the other screw? And secondly, you may not know that people who make jewelry actually use rings like this (screw head) to close jump rings. You wear the ring and then you insert the one of the ends of the ring into the slot, and with a jewelers pliers holding the ring you close it. Works great, have been using for years. Well anyway I may have to replace my also TINY bathroom floor to remodel, if I can ever figure out a design plan, so I will be on the lookout for the screws. Beautiful job, thanx

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    ThisIsMyNameOKooohlaa

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Ooh, cool tip about closing the jump rings. Thanks! :-) I don't really do a lot of jewelry making, but I do like to alter cheap, ugly pieces I find at the dollar store and make crafts with them or stuff for Halloween and holidays. Getting the jump rings closed nicely is always a frustrating process. I never seem to get it right. I will definitely have to try this method next time.

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    AttmosThisIsMyNameOK

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I still don't get the jump rings thing. Can either of you explain what it is you both get that I'm missing? I'm damn curious.

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    ThisIsMyNameOKAttmos

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I can't speak from experience, but this is what I think ooohlala means: You use the groove in the top of the screw to line up the ends of the jump ring and keep them even as you close it.

    So what I'm picturing is you hold one side of the jump ring in your long nose pliers, slide the other side into the groove, then push down against the screw to close the ends together.

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    AttmosThisIsMyNameOK

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Ahhhh..... Ok. I get it, I get it. :) Not sure why I wasn't understanding, it's so simple. Thanks

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    ThisIsMyNameOKAttmos

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I had to read it twice myself before I got it. Nothing is ever simple before you understand it, and sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to get. :)

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    Attmosooohlaa

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, I have considered making a loved one ring with the other screw, maybe with some slightly noticeable difference. (unfortunately I'm without loved one to make it for) :) I'm not sure I understand your other idea, are you describing using the ring in a necklace?

    Good luck with your bathroom, if you're not planning to do the labor yourself it sounds like a fun project. I think redesigning rooms is kinda fun. Consider posting the process with before and after photos. Anyway, thanks for your insight and for the compliment.

    Ha ha ha! I love the bit about the king's throne. Nice touch. :-)

    Very cool idea. And I totally understand your reluctance to use a torch. I have the same feelings about anything that involves fire or electricity. Needless to say, I don't do much work with power tools of any kind.

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    AttmosThisIsMyNameOK

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, very much! I'm not opposed to using these things; actually I love power tools, they are my friends, best friends. :) You Just need a little time to become familiar with each one to appreciate them. A torch is something I need to familiarize myself with. I think if you gave it a shot you'd enjoy what you can do with even the simplest power tools. A rotary tool is maybe the ticket for you if you want to give it a try. They give a little experience in a lot of different power tools.

    Anyway, thanks a lot for your compliment.

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    ThisIsMyNameOKAttmos

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for the encouragement. :)

    I'm not completely opposed to using them either, and in fact have used many in the past. I learned to use a drill and soldering iron and lots of stuff at a very early age. I also got electrocuted and burned and lots of stuff at a very early age... I want to get into using more power tools, and torches, but am lacking a good space to work in at the moment. I also have to sort through my dad's old tools and cautiously- very cautiously- check them out to see what works and what doesn't. Most of them are older than me, have never been stored or maintained properly, and quite likely have been tinkered with and altered in ways that they really ought not to be (Dad was not the cautious type).