Handyman's Valentine Gift - Screw-Nut Rings Pair - Home Made in 15 Mins

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Introduction: Handyman's Valentine Gift - Screw-Nut Rings Pair - Home Made in 15 Mins

Still not get a Valentine gift ready for your love? Here's one you can make in 15 mins. Actually it's one pair - for you and your loved one.

It's a pair rings of screw and nut. Perfect for DIYers, and perfect fits for lovers. The idea comes from A Perfect Fit. The original is from Kiley Granberg. The original rings are made from 24-karat gold, starting about $2,500!

Don't worry, if you don't have that much money like me, I've made an alternative costs only about 25 cents. And if you're handy enough, it won't take you more than 15 mins.

OK, let's get started. Valentine's Day is not far away.

Step 1: What You Need?

Materials:
- 1 x Brass screw and nut, #6, available from hardware store.
- #14 copper wire, 6" long. I took a ground wire from the #14 cable.

Tools:
- solder iron and solder (avoid Pb, use lead-free solder. Thanks worldgnat)
- vice
- hacksaw
- steel wool, hammer, pliers

Step 2: Make the Bands

- Bend the copper wire around a steel tube and cut to fit the fingers
- Hammer the ends a little bit. Polish with steel wools.
- Pre-dip with solder for easy assembly later.

You need one for you and another one for your couple.

Step 3: Modify the Nut and Screw

With a hacksaw,
- Cut the screw to around 5mm long.
- Slot the nut half deep

With a triangle file,
- file V shape slots on both nut and screw head.

- Pre-dip the V slots.

Step 4: Solder, and Done!

Have a look. They fit perfectly. So do you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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    88 Discussions

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    raja681
    raja681

    10 years ago on Step 1

    by #14 copper wire would 14 be the gauge

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    gibson_se
    gibson_se

    10 years ago on Step 4

    When you cut the screw, you will mess up the thread a bit. It might be a good idea to do a couple of test fits before giving the gift and trying them on "for real", so you don't have to deal with messy threads with your significant other.

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    alterator
    alterator

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    to not fu** up threads while cutting, screw the nut all the way to the end, then cut it and take the nut off. this way the threads will straighten out. afterwards -- smooth sharp edges down.

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    mikesnyd
    mikesnyd

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

    If you have a jewelers saw you could save the cutting of the screw till the end. After its all soldered up screw em together and with the excess sticking through cut it off with the jewelers saw. When you unscrew them it will bend the cut end back into the right thread. Justa little sanding or light filing to remove the fine edge and you will be ok.

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    AuzzieGuy42
    AuzzieGuy42

    9 years ago on Introduction

    You could make the original rings out of old coins.
    Although I'm unsure how the soldering of the nut and bolt would go..

    Nice job. If you wanted a thicker band, like the actual ones have, conduit or some similar pipe would work.

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    kreationism
    kreationism

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i actually thought for a more handmade feel, you could just use thicker copper wire and hammer it flat. just a thought.

    • my only concern is that the copper would make the wearer's finger turn green...perhaps try a more expensive metal to avoid this.
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    smurfsahoy
    smurfsahoy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Your skin doesn't know how much a metal costs... There are cheap metals that do not stain your skin. Aluminum, for example, or stainless steel. Depending on the product you buy, these could easily be even cheaper than copper. You can also just put some kind of clear enamel or similar onto copper jewelry to prevent this. It will be shiny and have a different look, but if that's okay...

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    kreationism
    kreationism

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    sorry. i didnt mean expensive like that...copper is actually a rather expensive metal. poor diction on my part. i have actually posted an instructable on making an aluminum ring by hand. Aluminum ring

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    Switch and Lever
    Switch and Lever

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Really, aluminium isn't really good for making jewelry either. The long term health hazards of long term aluminium exposure can have detrimental effects on your nervous system and brain affecting things like memory.

    There are better metals to make jewelry from, the problem is really the combination of being both malleable and safe. Silver, if you use the right alloy, is pretty awesome at that though, and is not ridiculously expensive.

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    sugarsong
    sugarsong

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    This isn't a proven fact, so far as I know. My phsychology teacher explained that there is a correlation between aluminum and certain health issues, but correlations do not prove cause and effect. For instance, there may be a correlation between six year olds being hit by cars and their haveing had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. Correlation, not cause and effect. But maybe there are some new studies out that I havent heard about, entirely possible. If so, that would be good to know:) Thanks for looking out for everyones health:)

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    porcupinemamma
    porcupinemamma

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ummm ...you might want to skip the aluminum.  I've heard it's not good to cook with aluminium pots, so I'm thinking wearing it on your skin might be unhealthy too.

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    thepelton
    thepelton

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    If you are looking for alternative metals, do not use nickel. It can cause a rash.

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    arb1ter
    arb1ter

    10 years ago on Introduction

    im either gonna make this or a silver ring out of quarter for my girlfreind for valentines day im cheap, she knows it, she loves me