turtle doves

turtle dove ring set

ring set I made

I made this ring set out of sterling silver , my hubby is not sure if guys would like a ring in the shape of a bird , but I like them maybe you guys like them too the stone I used is a swiss blue topaz

out of this πŸ™‚

out of this :)

I used 18 gauge sterling silver

drew the birds directly on the sheet

drew the birds directly on the sheet

cut them out with a jewelry saw

cut them out with a jewelry saw

the saw I use is a 6 inch saw ( distance between blade and the back part ) and 1/0 saw blades – my eyes are getting a bit weak so I have to feel now with my thumb to make sure the teeth are in the right direction

sawed out birds with extra length so that you can make a ring shank

sawed out birds with extra length so that you can make a ring shank

added texture

added texture

formed the rings so that the ends meet

formed the rings so that the ends meet

the fun part is soldering

the fun part is soldering

I love fire and my small welder ( its a hydroflux welder I got 2 years ago for my birthday – safer than a torch ) normally the flame is green but my flux solution is in need of replacing

soldered rings

soldered rings

the blackness comes from oxidation

after bathing the rings in a cleaning solution

after bathing the rings in a cleaning solution

the solution is called Pickle and will get rid of the blackness turning the metal white

now the rings are getting formed

now the rings are getting formed

ring mandrel and a nylon hammer will make sure you get a perfect round shape

I wanted to add a stone to the smaller ring

I wanted to add a stone to the smaller ring

I am lazy so I used a bought bezel cup to hold the stone and soldered that to the ring

almost finished they just need to be polished

almost finished they just need to be polished

I use a so called flex shaft ( dremel with a hose ) which is basically the same thing your dentist has for the drills

cleaned rings

cleaned rings

added some black max ( patina )

added some black max ( patina )

polished again

polished again

added the stone

added the stone

i saw that the ring with the stone did not have the patina for the eye so I had to do that

ring for her

ring for her

ring for him

ring for him

hope you liked it πŸ™‚

hope you liked it :)

nici laskin

a leather wrap bracelet

my husband challenged me to make something new out of metal every day for the next year - day 100

I cannot believe this is day 100 only 265 more to go

I made a code of arms wrap bracelet for this tutorial

cut out your shield as the base and whatever you desire on it

I used 20 gauge sterling silver

make sure your shape fits well on your shield without overlapping

make sure your shape fits well on your shield without overlapping
Cutting out that bird was not easy by the way ,Its really tiny and detailed

solder both together

solder both together

dome your shield in a dabbing block

of if you do not have one you can keep it flat

clean the back of the shield with sand paper

clean the back of the shield with sand paper

cut some short strips of flat wire

bend with a needle nose plier into a U shape

bend with a needle nose plier into a U  shape

make sure it fits well

make sure it fits well

solder the u’s to the back

solder the u's to the back

clean in your Pickel solution

you can always look through my albums and other tutorials for more info

this is after the cleaning bath

start polishing

add patina

add patina

poish only the bird so it stands out from the shield

feed a leather cord or any other cord through the u shapes

feed a leather cord or any other cord through the u shapes

I use slip knots to make the bracelet adjustable

wrap around your arm and enjoy

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the winged ring

my husband challenged me to make something new out of  metal every day for 1 year - day 116

“the winged one ” I made a sterling ring today

with brass wings

with brass wings
I like to combine metals and sterling and gold is one of my favorites ,however gold is mighty expensive so I usually make a sterling and brass prototype before working with gold

I think this is more suitable for a male so – dad will get it

I think this is more suitable for a male so - dad will get it

draw some narrow wings on a piece of paper

stick/glue the ings to your metl sheet

I am using 20 gauge brass ( 0.8mm thick )

draw your ring shank onto sterling silver

this is 18 gauge ( 1 mm thick )

cut out your wings and your ring shank via jewelry saw and 1/0 saw blades

make sure the ring shank and the wings fit

solder your wings onto the ring shank

I use extra easy silver solder , after soldering quench in water and clean in Pickel solution

add your texture for the wings

cut the ring shank to length

bend until the ends meet flush and solder again

clean in the Pickel solution until the sterling turns from black to white

clean in the Pickel solution until the sterling turns from black to white

form the ring on a ring mandrel with a nylon hammer

form the ring on a ring mandrel with a nylon hammer

polish inside

polish outside

polish outside

add patina to bring out the texture

polish again

polish again

Copper Bird Bracelet

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This is actually a very simple thing to make . You start out with a wide copper strip ,I used 1 1/2 inchΒ  by 16 inch17 gauge copper for this cuff bracelet .Β  Draw your bird onto the bracelet strip or on a piece of paper . Pierce the inside of the wings and the inside of the birds body and cut out the bird. When you are done with cutting out file the edges nice and smooth . Form your bracelet on a mandrel either oval or round until you are satisfied with the shape . Start polishing with either a polisher or use steel wool or sand paper .

 

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