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Silver and Copper Ring

Karen Chittick designs a ring from textured silver and copper.

Materials and Tools:

silver sheet
copper sheet
acetylene torch
safety glasses
tweezers
firing stone
mandrel
mallet
ball peen hammer
band saw
pliers
solder
flux
400-grit sandpaper
crock-pot with pickle solution
liver of sulfur patina

Step 1

Steps:

1. Cut a strip of silver to size using a band saw. Bend silver to form a ring.

Steps 2-3

2. Reticulate small pieces to place in the ring by heating them with a torch.

3. Solder the seam of the metal strip to secure the ring band.

Step 4

4. Form the ring on a mandrel. Hammer the ring into shape on the ring mandrel.

Step 5

5. Hammer texture into the ring band with a ball peen hammer.

Steps 6-7

6. Cut and file a small rectangular silver metal piece and a slightly smaller copper piece.

7. Stack the copper piece on top of the silver piece and place on the ring band.

Steps 8-10

8. Flux the small metal pieces and heat the solder to attach the decorative pieces to the band.

9. Clean the ring in a pickle pot.

10. Patina the ring with the liver of sulfur solution.

Step 11

11. Polish the silver and copper ring with 400-grit sandpaper.

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