How To Make A Wood And Hammered Silver Ring

How To Make A Wood And Hammered Silver Ring

My name is Dan Rees from
and this week I asked you guys on Instagram what I should use for my next project. The options were a bottle opener, acrylic
off-cuts or this chunk of Bog Oak (don’t snigger). I can report that the majority of you voted
for the bog oak …. apart from Ana Henley who suggested an “Acrylic Bog Bottle”
… I don’t think I have the skill set required
to make an acrylic bog bottle? So I decided to do what I do best and show
you how I made this beautiful wood & hammered silver ring! This piece of semi petrified oak was found
preserved in a peat bog in the black forest area of Germany and is estimated to be at
least 10,000 years old! That blows my mind – when this tree was
growing there were actual woolly mammoths roaming the earth and humans were beating
each other with clubs! …a bit like a night out in Newport! To contrast the wood inside of the ring, the
outside of the ring is sterling silver with a hammered texture and a patina from liver
of sulphur. I’ve included Ebay links to tools materials
in the description of this video and if you use one of my links and purchase any item
on Ebay within 24 hours then I receive a small reward. This does not effect the price you pay in
any way and is just a way that you can support me to keep on making free videos “for you
… the people”. So without further a do …. BEGIN!! The first task was to cut a 10mm slice of
the bog oak. This stuff is mega dense but my bandsaw is
a beast and handled the task with no problem – I just had to take my time. Secondly I drilled a hole through the wood
using a drill bit slightly smaller than my ring size. When this was done I used my caliper to mark
a circle on the wood that was 2mm wider than the hole. And then with my line marked out I roughly
cut the ring to shape on my bandsaw. I continued shaping by using a sanding disk
on my lathe. When the piece of wood resembled a ring shape
I mounted it on a spindle on my lathe and smashed it with a 120 grit sandpaper to make
it perfectly round. And that’s basically how you make a wooden
ring! I needed to get the bog oak nice and thin
and I think I did a pretty good job using this method. Now its’s time to make the silver ring component. I mounted my trusty bench peg on to the edge
of my table and used a jewellery saw to cut a strip of silver. To make the silver strip soft enough to work
with I annealed it with my soldering torch and left it to cool. I used a half round nose pliers to bend the
silver into a rough ring shape and made sure the edges were touching. I quickly cleaned the edges with a file and
to ensure they’d fit together perfectly I ran my saw blade between the join of the ring. This gave me a perfect seam for soldering! For some reason I forgot to film the part
where I put the silver into a pickling solution … but I did that before soldering to clean
off any oxidization! Soldering was the fun part … dangerous but
fun part. I brushed some soldering flux onto the seam
of the ring and placed a few tiny pieces of silver solder on top. Then I heated the ring gently and evenly before
focusing the flame onto the seam of the ring to make the solder run. I probably went a bit over the top with the
heat … but hey, it worked so I don’t care haha. After another bath in the pickle I used a
raw hide mallet and a steel mandrel to hammer the ring to shape. I kept stopping to check the inside diameter
of the silver ring to ensure it would fit perfectly over the wooden ring. This took some patience and accuracy. When the silver ring was close to fitting
around the wooden ring I mounted it on my lathe and cleaned up the soldering join with
a file and a few grits of emery paper. This gave me a smooth and even finish to work
with. Back on my steel mandrel I used a ball pein
hammer to put a texture on the ring and this process actually increased the size of the
ring slightly so it was the perfect fit for the wood! To achieve a dark patina on the silver ring
I dunked it into a liver of sulphur solution for about 1 minute. It’s pretty cool watching silver oxidise before
you eyes! By far the most nerve wracking part of the
process was gluing the silver and wood rings together. I found a wood off cut, wrapped some electrical
tape around it (in case it got glued to the ring) and mounted the wooden ring on to it. Then I applied an even coat of thick viscosity
super glue and just pressed both parts together. I wiped away any ooze and my ring was nearly
complete. I flattened off the edges of the ring on the
disk sander and then and sanded the inside with a few grits of fine sandpaper. The bog oak was easy to sand and finished
up smooth as butter! I used a few grits of fine emery paper to
clean up the edges and outside of the silver ring. After hand sanding the details from the hammered
texture really came to life. The ancient oak had lain in a bog for millenia
so I saw no point in applying a complicated finish, it’s clearly pretty resistant to the
elements haha. A quick application of jojoba oil was enough
to make the dark grain pop, and enhance the smooth feel of the ring. That is how I made a hammered silver ring
with an ancient bog oak liner … and I’m keeping it for myself! So that’s the end of the project and I am
super pleased with how the ring turned out. It’s the perfect size and feels so comfortable
due to the feel of the wood against my skin, that hammered texture makes it very manly
looking! I learned some stuff during this project and
I hope you feel inspired to make something cool too! You might also like the time I made a glow
in the dark ring & silver ring inspired by Star Wars, or my last video where I made a
Spinning fidget toy (which also glows in the dark….) As always thank you for watching, check out
the gear in the Ebay links in the description and smash the subscribe button if you want
to see more. High five … see you in the next one bro!


  1. Good project. But what is 'pickling solution', is it the same as is used to actually make pickles? And how long did you leave the ring in it? PS, it would make a nice wedding band, I think a matching set would probably be a huge seller.

  2. a pretty wood like that could be a stand alone ring, but WAIT theres more! lets add some silver!
    cool ring! personally I think the hammered finish looks better not etched, but thats me.

  3. Awesome, love your re used ceramic pot you use for the heating up part, who would have thought old railway parts had such great use.

  4. I have a question for you. I have a silver ring that is completely smooth, there's no texture or engraving. After oxidizing the ring, how do you preserve the black finish? Can you just polish it, or does that remove the finish?

  5. I bought excellent instructions from WoodPrix website. Just google WoodPrix and start your journey with woodworking

  6. thats the wrong way to anneal silver. it should be brought up to red then quenched in water. its not like copper or steel

  7. Can you do an advanced version in which the wood has round plugs sticking through the silver, you would probably have to cut holes in your silver ring and fill the spaces with wook plugs, then sand flush. But it would look pretty neat.

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