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

Standard designs

Sue makes rings to the size you 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 online or via bank transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it is 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.

After 14 days: Sue will happily resize but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work plus postage. Sue can quote for any work before you return the ring.

Commissioned designs

Any item made just for you, that is not one of Sue's standard designs: You (the customer) need to ensure the size is correct before Sue commences any work. If your order doesn't fit, Sue may be able to resize for you depending on the design and stones used. There may well be a charge involved due to the complexity of the design and for working with stones that where not supplied by Sue which may be difficult to work with. Contact Sue to discuss if it is possible and she can let you know the cost involved, including postage.

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.