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Forming this ring is easy - all you need is a ring mandrel and a rubber or nylon mallet.
Make sure your metal piece is flat, especially on the edges. Hammer it with
the rubber mallet if necessary.
Inspect your piece and choose which edge you want on the top. You may want to model it against the ring mandrel to get a better idea. You will form the ring with the top edge towards the smaller end of the mandrel.
Start with the wide edge and push it against the mandrel at the size you have selected. Then bend it slowly around the mandrel and hammer with the rubber mallet. Bend it around all the way and let the narrow end wrap over the wide end. Now hammer it in place carefully all around the mandrel. You have some leeway here if it is not the size you want you can keep resizing by moving it around. Eventually, the metal will harden from the hammering and become stiff.
See video Ring-Forming
If you want to polish the ring further after it has been formed you can use the steel wool or even some type of a polishing compound if you want more shine. This is a rustic ring, it doesn’t require much final polishing.
Now it is ready to wear! If the ring tarnishes you can use household ingredients (lemon juice, baking soda, etc.) or steel wool to remove some light tarnish.
If you don’t have silver wire but happen to have copper solder wire around you can use that as a replacement. It will produce similar results and/or you can even leave it partly unmelted and produce interesting bumps onto the copper. The color of copper solder wire will end up looking very similar to silver.
PIC 7, 8, 9
Now onto sanding! Your torched and the quenched piece will look rustic with lots of black fire scale (see pic 8). Not to worry, most of it will come off easily. This is the fun part because you will see what your piece looks like after you sand some of the fire scales off. Even if I use machines to sand I generally do the first round with 400 grit sandpaper. You will quickly see the results.
Use the metal file (or grinding wheel) to form the corners of the copper. You will need to smooth each sharp corner by filing directly on the corner. Then see if there are rough edges that require metal filing. (pic 9) There might be nicks where your cutting wasn’t perfect. Then continue with the 400 grit sandpaper, all around the piece. Finish sandpapering with 600 grit. (Of course, you could go finer after that if you wish to smooth it more). Use your judgment on the sanding, the more you sand the smoother the end result will be. The steel wool is used for the final buffing, it will bring out more shine.
I don’t coat these copper rings with any type of clear coat. They can easily be brought back to shine if they tarnish with steel wool or other simple methods. Copper is believed to have beneficial qualities for your health and many people prefer wearing it pure on the skin. You might get slight coloring on your finger, but it is nothing be concerned with.
Picture 10 is an example of machine sanding using a Dedeco abrasive wheel and a medium buffing wheel.
See video Ring-Sanding