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TGIF — Pierced ‘Single Tree’ Ring

The ring I was work­ing on for JM1 at Pratt is final­ly done.

single tree ring

sin­gle tree ring

The shiny grey-black on the top of the ring is liv­er of sul­fur pati­na heav­i­ly worked with a brass brush. I got as lit­tle of the LoS onto the ring band as pos­si­ble and it only took a few min­utes with sand paper to knock it back to a nice brushed sil­ver.

The front has been slight­ly recessed by push­ing it down over a large dap­ping punch. I want­ed to pre­vent the fine strips between the branch­es from get­ting caught on cloth­ing etc.

slightly dished front surface

slight­ly dished front sur­face

I am par­tic­u­lar­ly pleased with how the tex­tur­ing on the dome has sur­vived the con­struc­tion process.

textured dome and brushed band

tex­tured dome and brushed band

I’m pleased with it. It’s awk­ward to wear for every­day because the top dome sits so far above my fin­ger. I’d like to make anoth­er one with the dome set down into the ring band. Maybe next quar­ter.

WIP — Pierced Copper Ring

Progress has been made on the ring.

A flat piece of cop­per was ham­mered and then cut into a cir­cle.
That cir­cle was dapped into a dome shape.
The the tree bit was sol­dered onto the domed bit, mak­ing a hol­low orna­ment
A chunk of 12 gauge half round ster­ling wire was made into a ring band.
The top was then sodlered to the ring band and… voila …

the front of the ring

the front of the ring

ring face soldered onto the ring band

ring face sol­dered onto the ring band

ring from the side

ring from the side

I hap­pen to be pret­ty dang proud of my first “real” sol­der­ing project.

Next up the fin­ish­ing. In the end the top of the ring will be black and the band will be satin fin­ished sil­ver.

WIP — Pierced Copper for JM1 Class.

I’m tak­ing Jew­el­ry and Met­al­smithing 1 at the Pratt Fine Arts Cen­ter.

Our first project is a ring. The top is made of a piece of pierced cop­per sol­dered to a half dome. Below are pic­tures of the two tops that I made last week. The pat­tern is gluesd on with rub­ber cement and then holes are drilled in the cop­per so that you can thread a jewelr’s saw through it and make the cuts.

The first ones didn’t quite work­out. The rays on the start just wouldn’t stay straight. More prac­tice is clear­ly the answer.

moon and stars pierced copper

moon and stars pierced cop­per

The sec­ond piece worked nice­ly.

tree design pattern

tree design pat­tern

The cir­cle on the front shows where the half dome will be sol­dered on.

From the top it will look like this.

the front

the front

More next week when I make the dome and learn how to sol­der things that aren’t car­ry­ing elec­tric­i­ty.