Personalized 'Mama' Ring

Make a ring any stylish mom will love.
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Project by Sally Brock from Seattle, Wash.

As a child, Sally's first jewelry creation consisted of watermelon seeds threaded together to make a necklace. She was influenced by her mom, who was always participating in craft fairs. Sally took metalsmithing classes and elevated her jewelry from watermelon seed necklaces to chunky cocktail rings and cool pendants resembling Swiss cheese. Sally's mama ring may be for the parental set, but it shares her hip and funky sensibility and will appeal to young and stylish moms everywhere!

Materials:

silver sheet
flat bezel wire
metal alphabet stamps (the letter "I")
child's photo
clear quartz stone
extra-hard solder chips
medium solder chips
flux
pickle solution
two-part epoxy resin
ring mandrel
scouring pad
metal jeweler's file
handheld flex shaft
bezel pusher

Steps:

1. Take a flat sheet of sterling silver and cut into a 1 cm strip.

2. Using a ruler, measure out the hash marks to represent the tape measure increments and stamp them into the silver.

3. Stamp the corresponding numbers along the hatch marks. Be inventive and incorporate the child's birthday into the ring.

4. Mark the inside with personal signature on what will be the inside of the band.

5. Using a ring mandrel, bend the strip into a ring. File the two edges of the band so that they meet.

6. Cut a square sterling sheet.

7. Stamp in little circles in the corner of the sterling silver sheet.

8. Make the bezel from flat bezel wire to fit around a clear quartz stone. Wrap around the stone and cut it where the edges meet.

9. Flux bezel and solder the bezel wire together. Place in pickle.

10. Flux ring band and solder together. Place in pickle.

11. Remove both items from pickle.

12. Flux ring band and stamped silver square and solder the ring band to the stamped silver square.

13. Flux the bezel and solder the bezel to the stamped silver square.

14. Place ring in pickle. Remove and clean. Clean all metal with scouring pad.

15. Mix epoxy resin in pink from a two-part epoxy.

16. Use a syringe to squirt the color onto the stamped images on the ring. Remove excess with paper towel. It takes one hour for epoxy to set up. Cure in the oven on very low heat (200 F degrees). Caution: Heat can set off fumes.

17. Sand the entire piece with a handheld flex shaft.

18. Use a scouring wheel to buff piece to a matte finish.

19. Print a reduced version of the child's photo. Place the ring in a hand vice and pop in the photo.

20. Place the clear quartz stone. Use a bezel pusher to secure the stone in place. Burnish the edges to make the piece watertight.

21. Give the piece a final matte polish.

Web site: www.fancyjewels.com

E-mail: sally@fancyjewels.com

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