Learn how to craft your own copper wrap ring with jewelry maker Mari Hanby. This course is perfect for beginners! Learn more about Mari and check out her shop here: http://www.basketofblue.com/
This tutorial uses copper sheeting. You can also make a similar ring using bronze or brass sheet.
26 g copper sheet
Sterling silver wire, 20-24 g (Preferably square or half round, it won’t roll off)
MAPP torch or 2 micro torches (MAPP torch recommended, available at your local hardware store in plumbing department; or, any professional jeweler’s torch)
Rubber or nylon mallet
Sheet metal cutting snips
Side cutters, tweezers
Ring mandrel (steel)
Charcoal block (Other fireproof surfaces are fine, charcoal retains the heat best)
Cardboard and marker
Water jar for quenching
Sandpaper, steel wool or Dremel/lathe with sanding attachments (400-600 grit sandpapers, #0 - 00 grade steel wool)
You need a MAPP gas torch or two micro torches. (MAPP torch is the yellow one in the picture.) I recommend using a MAPP torch because it will take much less time to heat the copper to the required temperature. Two micro torches (that use butane) will work but be prepared to heat the copper for several minutes. The one in the picture is a standard hardware store torch that can be found in the plumbing department. They will usually have a set available that consists of one canister of gas and the torch head. (If you already have a professional jeweler’s torch, you can, of course, use that.)
Always wear safety glasses. The ones in the picture are enameling/glass work safety glass- es (that is why the pink color). Standard safety glasses will be fine, no need to get this kind. Any standard type of metal cutting snips will work. (The 26-gauge copper is relatively easy to cut.)
Make sure you have a source of ventilation, to clear the torching gasses out of the studio.
Here are some options what you can use for sanding and buffing. This is a rustic copper ring; many different options will work. For hand
sanding, you could use a metal file (any standard hardware store file will work), two grits of sandpaper (400 and 600) and steel wool for final buffing.
For machine sanding, I used a lathe with a grinding wheel (medium, Dedeco) and a buffing wheel (general duty medium, Norton). You can also use a Dremel with some sanding attachments like silicon tips/wheels or 3M radial bristle disks (brown and yellow coarseness seem to work well for this project). Silicon tips come in varying coarseness from coarse to very fine If you are not used to them, test on a junk piece of metal first. (I use very fine the most.)
Sandpaper: 400 and 600 grit
Metal file: any standard metal file
Steel wool: #0 or 00