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Simple Ring Metals Project 2 by hglucky13 Simple Ring Metals Project 2 by hglucky13
Disclaimer: Comments of all kinds welcome! Please feel free to make suggestions, I don't bite! :)

Obviously today is a showcase of my metalwork. This was the second project for my metalworking class and, as you can see, it was a simple ring construction. This project was about learning to use solder techniques to create a simple ring.

My initial design(s) were more complex, but as I started seeing what would be required to complete them, I simplified my ideas drastically. I may have chosen to do one of the more complex designs had it not been for the fact that I was moving during this project and I didn't want to overload myself.

The blue stone is a Sodalite and the ring is constructed of 18 gauge round wire, 22 gauge back plate and a 26 gauge bezel around the stone. You can't see it in the picture, but there is a craftsmanship issue with how the two bands were soldered shut. While I wish I had thought ahead to solder the bands together before bending them, I didn't. So, they were soldered shut separately and then I soldered them together. Unfortunately, the seems on the bands did not line up right and one of them wasn't a particularly good seem, either. Not something you can see when you're wearing the ring, but it dropped me to a B+ on this assignment.

The ring itself is still on display in Ellis Hall, but I may consider selling it. The band and bezel are constructed of sterling silver and the ring is a size 6. Initially I made it for myself to wear as a mock wedding ring, but for a digit named after the piece of jewelry, the ring finger is a very awkward finger to wear a ring on. I don't know, I guess it has to do with the finger webbing sitting at different depths on either side of the finger.

Anyway, let me know if you or anyone you know may be interested in buying it and I'll put it up on Etsy for about $30-40 (even with the craftsmanship issue, a lot of time was put into this. If I hadn't messed up the band a bit, I probably charge $50-60 for it.

Supplies: Sterling Silver - 26 gauge strip (bezel), 22 gauge sheet (stone back plate), 18 gauge round wire. Sodalite cabochon stone, hard, medium and easy solder and soldering torch, needle files, 15-40 grit sand paper and jeweler saw.

Time: Approximately 20-25 hours
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Slave2Karma Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Oh wow, this is just gorgeous!
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hglucky13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! You are too kind :)
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Myklor Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Metalwork sounds very complicated and I don't know much about it, but this ring has turned out lovely if I might say! Keep up the great stuff ^^
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hglucky13 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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JulissaMartinez1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really pretty! I wish I could make myself a ring like that ^.^
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hglucky13 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You can, you just need access to a metalworking studio, which I have never had until this semester :P
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JulissaMartinez1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I'll look for one ^.^
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