How to silversmith basics – (DIY) TURQUOISE and SILVER RING

How to silversmith basics – (DIY) TURQUOISE and SILVER RING

today we made this really okay today we
made the silver and turquoise ring the goal with this video was to show you how
to make a really easy ring with as few tools as possible and really cheap
simple tools because a lot of people aren’t gonna want to spend two grand on
the really high-end tools to make a ton of rings when most people just want to
make one or two rings and call it good the tools that we’re gonna use to make
this ring are a third hand with a set of reverse tweezers on it a flat file a
pair of pliers without any teeth, silver turquoise that we’re going to use with
stone some cutters some easy solder some handy flux a brush for the flux and
a torch. we’re gonna make the ring from one millimeter square sterling silver
but I thought it’d be kind of cool to show you how this rolling mill works so
we’re gonna use this scrap piece and run through this rolling mill but basically
all it is is two big steel rollers and this adjustment up here that squeezes
the rollers together so basically what you’re doing is pushing this through and
every time you push it through you squeeze those rollers down tighter and
tighter until you get the right width and length now that we run it through the rolling
mill it’s work hardening pretty hard it’s not holding shape anymore right
and its got a lot of tension in it so what we’re gonna do is heat it up in a process that’s
called annealing which is heating it up to a point where all of the molecules
spread back out and soften it up again so that now you can see it’s able to
hold a shape it’s a lot more flexible and a lot easier to work with I’m going to make this ring a
size six so I marked it with my caliper at 52 millimeters and then I’m going to
leave a little bit of extra room to compensate for the width of the silver
and then also to leave enough room to file it flat so I can get a good
soldering joint now I’m going to take a flat file and square off the ends of the
silver the reason you do this is so you can get as much contact area on your
soldering joints possible and a good way to do this is lay your silver down on something that has a really good sharp corner edge a 90-degree edge and just
run it back and forth and keep it as straight as possible next you’re going
to clean up the area that you’re going to have soldered and the reason you do
that is solder doesn’t like to flow on dirty surfaces and so you want to just
take a file or sandpaper and get a nice clean surface and rub the surface up
because solder also doesn’t like a shiny surface the next thing we’re gonna do is
bend your piece of silver into a D-shape you want the two ends to be on a
straight part of the D and what that does is it allows the silver to lay
completely flat so you can line up those hard edges face to face and as flat as
possible a good way to tell if you’ve got it lined
up perfectly is hold your piece of silver up to the light when you see any
light coming through you need to fix your joint now that you’ve got it all
lined up we’re going to put flux on I just use handy flux it’s a really cheap
alternative to really expensive Jewelers flux and you just want to coat the area
make sure that you’re getting all the area around the soldering joint because if it doesn’t
have flux on it it’s not going to allow the solder to flow all the way through
the joint now we’re going to do the actual soldering there’s a bunch of
different techniques you can use to solder I like to use two hands and keep a thin little piece of solder in some pliers and touch it as I go and apply
the solder manually then I just douse it in some water let it cool down and now
we’re gonna work on our prongs just like soldering there’s a bunch of
different ways you can build the prongs this is the easiest way I found
basically all you do is take two longer strips of silver put it in a pair of
pliers and bend it into a u-shape and what you’re gonna do is take the bottom
of those U’s and solder that together so what you’re going to do is heat it up
and do the same thing we did with soldering the band get to a nice dull
red and touch your solder to it and make sure you apply enough flux that the solder
is going to run so clean up both surfaces get a nice and flat now we’re
going to add some flux to the joint and I just clamp these in some reversed set
of pliers on the third hand now that it’s soldered we’re going to
douse it in some more water and put it in our pickling bath if you don’t have
some pickling compound you can just sand it off it does the same thing now that
it’s pickles we’re going to take it out of the bath and put it on a mandrel take
a soft mallet and form that ring into an actual ring next we’re going to start
bending our prongs up you want to take the general shape of the stone and start
bending it up at an angle to be able to fit that stone in the base of the prongs
once you’ve got the prong bent up and you know the general shape and length of
how the prongs going to be you can just take some snipper and cut off the extra
but just be careful you’ll cut too much because you got too much you’re gonna
end up having to resolder some new prongs on it take your old prong
setting off now you can take your flat file and file the ends of the prongs and
take off all those sharp edges before we set the turquoise we’re gonna take some
sandpaper and sand the entirety of the ring because we’re going to put a brushed
finish on the ring so if you want to put a polished finish on it you can run it
through the grits of sandpaper up to 500 grits and then take some polishing
compound and polish it. to start setting the stone open up your prong and set
your stone into the setting then take your pliers and bend the prongs into the
shape taht it needs to be to hug the stone and take the very end of the prong
and start pulling it over so it can hug the top of the stone and now that your
stone finally set you can put your finishing touches on it finish
polishing it, sand the prongs where you might have marred it up with the pliers
and then for the next couple of weeks you just want to keep your eye on it and
make sure it’s not getting loose and that your prongs are going to stay where they’re at and that is how you make a really simple
turquoise ring this project used very few tools and all the tools that it did
use are really cheap and affordable this is a good project for people who are
starting out with silver smithing or people who want to get a little more
into it we’re also going to be doing some more videos on some of the more
skills like soldering and silver manipulation and we’re also going to do
some more rings that are a lot harder than this one that make more steps and
probably take two or three videos to show if you want to see some more videos
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  1. The skill level bar on the cover photo is a great idea. And yes Dallin… all of the production value… all of it.

  2. You make this look so easy. This is by far the easiest prong tutorial I have found and the best looking, but many times when I go to solder my ring onto the prongs the prong ends up melting and falls off and then I have to restart my whole process /:
    It sucks because I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I have used hard solder as well as easy solder for this project and fail. I currently do hard for the prongs to get them together after the U is formed and then easy to get the ring and prongs together. Any tips to make this easier?

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