Adjustable Copper Ring – Jewellery Tutorial

Adjustable Copper Ring  – Jewellery Tutorial


Hi there, welcome to Create with Copper. These videos show you techniques and tutorials for making jewelry so hit that subscribe
button for more. Today I’m going to show you how to make this adjustable copper
ring . This is fairly simple ring but
has great impact when worn. It’s also a really great make for practicing some of the basics of copper work, as it includes
forging, texturing and coloring. For this project I’m using copper tape, which is
one millimeter thick, or 19 gauge. It’s 7 millimeters wide and I’m using
a piece 5.5 centimeters long. You could also cut a piece of metal sheet. The tools I’m using are: hammers, a steel block and a rubber block, a jeweler’s torch and soldering block, nylon jaw pliers, a file, a ring mandrel and polishing tools. One of the advantages of using tape is
that you’ve automatically got parallel edges, but I’m going to start by altering
this and flaring the ends. I’m going to use my raising hammer as it’s
perfect for this job, but you could use a flat faced hammer.
And I’m just going to start right at the end of the piece of copper, and strike it
several times along that edge until it starts to flare out.
Incidentally, I’ve started off with the tape being fully annealed, so it’s nice and
soft and easy to work with. I can then move a little bit further towards the centre, to make sure that that outside edge is a gentle curve. I can then turn the tape
around and do the same the other end. Which gives us this shape. I don’t want to
hammer the ends too much because I don’t want the metal to get too thin at the
ends I then want to texture the piece
and I’m just going to use my ball-peen hammer and hammer all over the piece. I’m only texturing one side,
the inside of the ring will stay smooth. Once I’ve hammered randomly along the whole piece,
I’m going to go back in and carefully hammer along the edges, just to make sure that the edges of the piece are also well textured If you’re holding the piece like I am just be careful that
you don’t hit your fingers with the hammer. And this is how it looks fully textured. The next thing I want to do is start shaping the ring,
but the copper’s now work hardened so first off I’m going to anneal it. So I’m just taking my torch and I’m going to heat the whole piece, and I’m just going to continue heating
until it starts to glow. Bare with me as I’m recording this in real time
just to show how long it takes with a handheld micro torch like mine. The glow is quite subtle but I hope
you can pick it up on camera. That should mean the copper is now soft
enough to work with. So I’ll now quench the piece in a bowl
of water to cool it down so I can continue working. Now I could leave the ring flat,
but I want it to be slightly concave along its length, so the ring
will basically be an anticlastic form. Now the best way to achieve this would
probably be a sinusoidal steak, but I haven’t got one of those, so I’m going to
attempt to do this by hand. So I’m just going to use my nylon jaw pliers and
just gently work my way along the length of the copper, just bending it slightly. Just work your way along slowly. The affect is quite a subtle, but if you
check the back you can see that it’s curving. And just to enhance that a little bit,
I’m going to use my ball peen hammer on the very center of the copper and I’m
hammering onto my rubber block just because it’s got a little bit of give. Now the metal might still be quite soft,
but just to be sure I’m going to anneal it again. And then at this stage I’ll
also put it in the pickle to clean it up. Now one other thing I want to do before
shaping this into a ring, is just file off those corners, just so that they’re a
bit rounded. You can make these as square or as rounded as you like – I just don’t
want anything to catch or dig in. Now I’m ready to create the ring shape, so I’ll
take my ring mandrel and I’m going to start at a fairly wide point and just
gently bend the copper around. I’m then going to work my way up the
mandrel just to decrease that size and I just want it so there’s a small gap
between the two ends of the copper. You might find the two ends are just a little
bit straight – they’re not touching the ring mandrel, so what you can do take your
ball peen hammer and just lightly hammer the center the curve just to get them to
touch the ring mandrel. And you’ll find the ring is now a circular shape So now I want to polish the ring. As well as giving it
its shine, this will help to work harden the copper. And I’m starting with a silicon disk.
This won’t get into the recesses but I always find it’s a good place to start. Now the disk is a little bit too large to fit
into the center of the ring to be able to do the inside, so for that I need a smaller disk,
or one of the points like I have here. This one’s a bit too small but you get the idea. To then polish up all of the texture I’m going to use my radial disks, and as for all polishing I’m just going to move to a finer and finer grit and
I’ll finish with some rouge and a polishing mop for more in-depth look at polishing you
can check out my polishing and finishing video – I’ll put the link in a card and in
the description below. And then finally I want to heat color the ring
Now this isn’t an exact science and we’re just going in with the flame to those copper
ends and the copper will color as it cools down so you need to keep taking the
flame away and checking what color develops. And just keep going back in with the flame
until you get a color that you want. I’m going to turn the ring round and do the other side And I’m showing the heating in real time
just so you can see how quick it can be. You don’t really need much heat at all. And then once you’ve got the colour that you want,
you need to leave that to cool down naturally. I’ve actually managed to get some
purple there, I don’t know if it will stay. The colors do change if you use something
like Renaissance Wax to protect the piece. And that’s the ring
finished. I hope you enjoyed the video!
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Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon!

6 Comments

  1. Thank you for the real time parts.  It really helps to know what it takes to complete some of the work involved.  Nice project and thanks!

  2. Hi, I love your tutorials and want to give this one a go but am struggling to find a supplier for suitable copper tape. Can you give me a pointer on where to get it from as my restricted dexterity means i struggle using a jewellers saw on copper sheet. Thanks in advance

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