Online tutorial 1: how to make a ring in 10 steps

January 10, 2011

I had an idea this morning! I thought I would do a Twitter jewellery tutorial. As you know Twitter allows just 140 characters per tweet, so my tutorial is in 10 easy Tweets and I used Twitpic to show the images. Here are the 10 steps...

1/10: Goggles on, mark 70mm onto silver wire, cut with the saw - gently does it and no pressure.

2/10: Prop silver against block, light gas torch, anneal (heat to dull red)

3/10: Quench in water, put in 'pickle'(weak acid) to remove oxide. Rinse in water and dry.

4/10: Use pliers to bend silver into a circle, ends must over lap.

5/10: Check it is the correct size, cut through both end with saw.

6/10: Use pliers to make ends meet smoothly and tightly.

7/10: Put ring on heat block, paint with flux, cut solder, place on join. Heat with torch.

8/10: File away excess solder, buff with sandpaper until join disappears.

9/10: Hammer on mandrel to make ring round and flat, and finally polish. Finished!

10/10: The finished ring!

Ring sizing

Sue makes rings to the size your select when ordering. If the ring does not fit, then she will re-size the ring free of charge (once only) providing:

  1. You (the customer) pay £9 to cover Royal Mail Special Delivery costs for returning the ring to you (can be paid by cheque or back transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it's returned within 14 days of delivery.

Please contact Sue before returning a ring for a re-size; it is so useful to have a discussion to help gauge how much adjustment is needed.

Please note: rings must be returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery and opting for the appropriate insurance option to cover the cost of the item. Sue Lane is not responsible for the delivery costs of returning a ring for re-sizing or for lost or damaged rings whilst in transit. For more details, please read our Returns Policy.

Sue will happily resize, refinish or repolish the ring at any time after the 14 days have expired, but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work which Sue can quote before you return the ring.

Not sure of your ring size?

If you are not sure of your ring size, please contact Sue. She can arrange your order and then post out a free ring sizer to you. You then simply call or email with the measurement.