Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1, Metalwork. Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. As I get older, I find I need larger sized wide rings to fit over my knuckles, but then they are really loose when they are all the way on.
Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Texturing, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
As I get older, I find I need larger sized wide rings to fit over my knuckles, but then they are really loose when they are all the way on. Adjustable open back rings will pinch the inside of my finger if they are tightened to not spin on my finger. The solution for me is an overlap band ring. The bonus of the two versions here is that one 3" long band can be adjusted to fit from a size 6 to a size 9.5. Add a quarter inch to the length and the ring will easily size up to a 10-11. Take away a quarter inch in band length to make ring sizes down to a 4. The width of the band is comfortable on the palm side of the finger and does not pinch because the overlap is on top of the finger.

Materials

22 Gauge Dead Soft Sterling Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H8-22SM6
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22 Gauge 0.025 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x6 Inch
MET-705.22
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  • Price: $10.82
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
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  • Price: $1.13
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16 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-16H
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  • Price: $7.94
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leaf skeleton
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Tools

PROFESSIONAL QUALITY RING MANDREL 1-16
MAN-295.00
  • MAN-295.00
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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
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Basic Sawing Kit
G15-7
  • G15-7
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French Shears - Curved Shear with Spring
SHR-531.01
  • SHR-531.01
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GROBET FILE - BARRETTE CUT 4, 6"
FIL-31.031
  • FIL-31.031
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Economy Needle File Set, 6 Piece Set
FIL-993.00
  • FIL-993.00
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
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7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
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Magnesia Soldering Block
SOL-455.00
  • SOL-455.00
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Blazer GB4001 Stingray Torch, Black
TRCH-4001
  • TRCH-4001
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
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NATURE'S TOUCH CITRIC PICKLE, 2LB PLASTIC JAR
CLN-163.00
  • CLN-163.00
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Stainless Steel Shot - 1 lb Bag
G24-4
  • G24-4
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Thumlers Tumbler Model A-R12 Rock Tumbler
G34-130
  • G34-130
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Instructions
Step 1:
Version 1 Leaf Imprint Bypass Overlap
Read through the tutorial before starting the project. Follow all safety precautions pertaining to the tools and supplies being used and the area being worked in.
Scale to size and print out the ring shape template. Cut out the template. Draw a line down the center of the template.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - Version 1 Leaf Imprint Bypass Overlap, Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 2
Cut a ½" (13mm) x 3" (76mm) piece of 22 gauge sheet metal. Do not use anything thinner. 20 gauge sheet metal will also work, but because it is thicker, it is harder to shape. Copper is pretty soft and takes a leaf imprint easily. Silver is a bit harder and may need to be annealed before roller printing.
Step 3
It is personal choice as to what leaf skeleton or dried pressed leaf to use, but choose a leaf that is longer than the ring band blank. The veins coming off the midrib of the leaf are closer together on a rubber tree leaf skeleton, left, than on ficus tree leaf skeleton, right. Rubber tree leaf skeletons were used here.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 4
Use an ultra fine point Sharpie to draw a line down the center of the ring band strip. Position the midrib of the tip of the leaf on the center line drawn on the ring band. Run through a rolling mill, keeping the midrib centered on the drawn line. After starting the tip, hold the leaf in one hand to adjust the rib over the line, if needed, while cranking the rollers with the other hand. If a rolling mill is not available, use a Mini TruStrike Sharp Designer Hammer to texture diagonal lines on either side of the drawn line.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 5
Center the template over the leaf imprint. Use an ultra fine point Sharpie to draw around the template onto the metal. Note: The metal blank shown here is wider than the half inch width needed. Use metal shears or a saw to cut out the ring blank shape. Use the rubber/nylon mallet to flatten the ring blank on a bench block.

Use files and sanding sponges to clean and refine the edges of the ring blank shape.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 6
Cut 1" (25mm) of 18 gauge wire into small pieces. Ball the pieces on a magnesia soldering block using the butane torch. Place a piece of sandpaper on a bench block. Run the back of the ball over the sandpaper to remove the solder block residue. Pickle the ball to remove fire scale and then rinse and dry it.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 7
Cut and straighten a 4 ½" (115mm) piece of 16 or 18 gauge round wire (the wire seen here is longer than needed). Place a small dots of paste solder in the midrib indentation down the center of the ring blank.

Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 8
Place the leaf on a raised surface for soldering so the heat can get under it. Another option would be a ceramic honeycomb soldering surface. Place the wire on the solder, making sure the wire will sit in the midrib indentation. The wire should extend a quarter inch (6mm) beyond the tip to make sure it does not ball up on the ring blank tip. Heat until the solder flows.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 9
Pickle the piece to remove fire scale. Rinse and dry the piece before going to the next step.
Step 10
Trim the quarter inch wire extension from the tip of the ring band. Flush cut the wire at the rounded end of the ring band to 11/16" (17.25mm) long. Use round nose and soft flat jaw pliers to curl the wire as shown. Place a small bit of paste solder where the decorative ball will be placed. Push the flat side of the decorative ball into the paste solder. Heat until the solder flows. Hint: When first making this ring, I thought the ball embellishment would look nice closer to the tip. It does look nice, but I found I like it better at the curl. You are the designer. Maybe a few smaller balls would look better to your eye.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 11
Pickle the piece to remove fire scale. Rinse and dry the piece before going to the next step.
Step 12
Use a file for metal and sanding sponges to soften the pointed tip and the long edges of the ring band.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 13
Slightly curve the ring band with your fingers.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 14
Starting at the end that will be inside the ring, use a small rubber/nylon hammer to shape the band end and curl on a ring mandrel. It is best to start at least two sizes smaller than the finished size desired as the ring size expands during shaping. Continue wrapping the ring around the mandrel and shaping with the rubber/nylon hammer. The leaf tip should bypass right next to the midrib. Reverse the ring on the mandrel often during shaping to avoid a slight cone shape to the ring.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 15
FYI-These rings are all made with 3" long blanks and show the length of the overlap. From left to right, size 6, 7, and 8.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Step 16
Tumble the ring for an hour or so to bring up a shine.

Patina the ring. Use a fine grit sanding sponge to remove patina from the high spots. Tumble for 20 to 30 minutes to bring back a shine, if desired.
Pro Tip: Keep flat finished ring bands on hand. They are easier to store than shaped and sized rings, and are quick to shape to the size desired.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 1 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap metal ring