Make a Ring Out of Reclaimed Metal

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About: I like to think of myself as a Renaissance Man... But I think I just have too much free time.

Intro: Make a Ring Out of Reclaimed Metal

So now that we have reclaimed the metal in my instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Reclaiming-Usable-Metals/ let's put it to use.

Recently my wife lost her wedding ring while taking out the trash. With Valentines Day coming up I figured it was a good time to replace it.

Step 1: Collect the Following

You are going to need a mandrel and a jewelers ring sizer. You will also need a drill, drill bits, paddle bits, sanding block, a vice and jewelers files.

Step 2: Measuring

I use a micrometer to measure the inner diameter of the ring. That will transfer to a paddle bit.

Step 3: Drilling

Place the ingot in the vice, find the center of the ingot and drill in. After your a way in measure to make sure you are in the ballpark for the inside of the ring. Continue to drill until you have a hole straight through.

Step 4: Double Check

Make sure your ring is drilled so the ring will sit on the finger well. As you can see this was not the case so I remelted the ingot down and started again.

Step 5: Removing the Ring From the Ingot Flash

Mark a rough line to make the desired thickness of the ring. Drill outside this line to created a separation in the metal.

Step 6: Recheck

Recheck the dimensions are correct and then begin to file and shape.

Step 7: Shaping

File and shape the ring until it is in the proper shape, if it gets bent or out of round place it on the mandrel and use a small hammer to knock it back.

Step 8: Finish Up

Polish the ring to a high gloss. The first ring looked so good I actually made a matching one for myself.
Show her or him or them (I don't judge) you truly love them and make your wedding rings.

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    buck2217

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Nice ring, you could use a dremel instead of a file for less work!

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    bruce5000

    3 years ago on Introduction

    one question in step 3 you use a

    a paddle bit. i have used these to drill wood will i need a special bit to drill metal ?

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    Hello Jackowens-

    No I used a standard paddle bit from a wood kit, you will need to anneal the metal to make it softer (unless it is a softer metal like I used) and start slowly. Beyond that I didn't do anything differently. There are carbide tipped bits, they are rather pricey. Just clean and sharpen it afterwards and it will be fine.

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    CeciliaGbruce5000

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hello Bruce5000-

    No I used a standard paddle bit from a wood kit, you will need to anneal the metal to make it softer (unless it is a softer metal like I used) and start slowly. Beyond that I didn't do anything differently. There are carbide tipped bits, they are rather pricey. Just clean and sharpen it afterwards and it will be fine.

    Thank you, I know that using a lathe and such would have been easier. I have neither the funds nor the tools, so I use what I have.