Friday, February 1, 2013

Experimenting with Rings

It’s been a while since I made a ring.  In fact, it had been years.  And when I was going through my supplies, I realized that I needed to use more of my silver clay stash.  Now might just be the time to make a ring.
The design I had in mind incorporated holes into a shaped band.  Out came my books and I started reading and remembering.
I wanted a size 6 ring and measured 2 sizes larger.  In the end I should have made it 2 ½ inches larger for the shrinkage…next time.
Should have made the size a little larger for shrinkage
I rolled my silver clay 4 cards thick, planned where the holes would be and cut them with a fine pointed tool.   Since I wanted a shaped ring that was higher in the center than the edges, I dug out my seldom used cork clay and dampened it.  Then I rolled a snake with tapered end and put the clay over it as I wrapped the clay around my ring mandrel that I previously covered in a wrap paper.  Marked where the ring should be and started shaping the back making sure the front cork clay stayed in place.  I cleaned out the holes and let the ring dry.  After it dried the cork clay flipped out.
Drying on ring mandrel
Back after shaping
Then sanding and finishing and firing.  I decided to put the ring in the tumbler to work harden the metal.
It came out great!  Size 5 ½.  Great pinkie ring for most of us!






Friday, February 1, 2013

Experimenting with Rings

It’s been a while since I made a ring.  In fact, it had been years.  And when I was going through my supplies, I realized that I needed to use more of my silver clay stash.  Now might just be the time to make a ring.
The design I had in mind incorporated holes into a shaped band.  Out came my books and I started reading and remembering.
I wanted a size 6 ring and measured 2 sizes larger.  In the end I should have made it 2 ½ inches larger for the shrinkage…next time.
Should have made the size a little larger for shrinkage
I rolled my silver clay 4 cards thick, planned where the holes would be and cut them with a fine pointed tool.   Since I wanted a shaped ring that was higher in the center than the edges, I dug out my seldom used cork clay and dampened it.  Then I rolled a snake with tapered end and put the clay over it as I wrapped the clay around my ring mandrel that I previously covered in a wrap paper.  Marked where the ring should be and started shaping the back making sure the front cork clay stayed in place.  I cleaned out the holes and let the ring dry.  After it dried the cork clay flipped out.
Drying on ring mandrel
Back after shaping
Then sanding and finishing and firing.  I decided to put the ring in the tumbler to work harden the metal.
It came out great!  Size 5 ½.  Great pinkie ring for most of us!