The ring I was working on for JM1 at Pratt is finally done.
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
I am particularly pleased with how the texturing on the dome has survived the construction process.
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.
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
ring face soldered onto the ring band
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.
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
The second piece worked nicely.
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.
More next week when I make the dome and learn how to solder things that aren’t carrying electricity.