Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2, 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 2
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

20 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-20SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $67.99
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22 Gauge Dead Soft Sterling Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H8-22SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $47.01
  • Gold Club Price: $35.26
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18 Gauge Half Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.47
  • Gold Club Price: $1.85
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Tools

Silver Solder Paste Medium SS70 - 1/4 T.O.
SOL-822.15
  • SOL-822.15
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  • Price: $18.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.21
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Basic Sawing Kit
G15-7
  • G15-7
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  • Price: $34.95
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French Shears - Curved Shear with Spring
SHR-531.01
  • SHR-531.01
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  • Price: $29.97
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7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
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  • Price: $140.54
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Blazer Big Buddy Turbo Torch, Black
TRCH-8010
  • TRCH-8010
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $40.00
  • Gold Club Price: $30.00
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
  • SOL-485.00
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  • Price: $15.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.96
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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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PROFESSIONAL QUALITY RING MANDREL 1-16
MAN-295.00
  • MAN-295.00
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  • Price: $24.95
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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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  • Price: $16.95
  • Gold Club Price: $12.71
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Round Nose Wire Pliers
G2-507
  • G2-507
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  • Price: $32.95
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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
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  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
  • G14-7
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  • Price: $5.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.18
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SANDING SPONGES ASST- 5PC- 1EA GRIT 100-400
ABR-600.90
  • ABR-600.90
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  • Price: $9.95
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Instructions
Step 1
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.
Cut a 3/8" (9.5 to 10mm) 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.
Step 2
Texture the strip with hammers and/or decorative stamps.
Step 3
Think about the ring design. Some embellishment used on the leading end of the ring band will work better than others. The 10mm bezel cup and cabochon fit the width of the ring band, but the stone may pop out when the band is shaped into a curve. The turquoise 4x4x13 bead, bezel set, would work better because it is narrower, allowing the end to curve. The metal ball flower would work if the balls are not soldered together. The strip of three metal balls is a good embellishment because it is narrow, allowing the leading end of the ring to curve. Assemble all the embellishments.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Step 4
The leaf and small metal ball embellishments work because they are not attached to each other. The dots on the second ring bands are flattened 1.5mm hole punches. The leading end of both ring bands can bend to touch the part of the band it overlaps. Use medium silver paste solder to attach the embellishments on silver. If the ring band is a base metal, use a corresponding solder.
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 embellishments on the solder. Heat until the solder flows.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Step 5
Pickle the ring band to remove fire scale. Rinse and dry the ring band before going on to the next step.
Step 6
File the end of the ring band around the embellishments. Round the corners of the other end of the ring band. Use sanding sponges to soften the filed ends and the long edges of the ring band.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Step 7
Slightly curve the ring band with your fingers.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Step 8
Starting at the end that will be inside the ring, use a small rubber/nylon hammer to shape the band end 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. Reverse the ring on the mandrel often during shaping to avoid a slight cone shape to the ring.
Pro Tip: If making wrap rings to give away or sell, do not patina the rings and make them all a size 6. It is easy to expand the size. I have expanded the 3" wrap ring up to a size 9.5.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring
Step 9
Tumble the ring for an hour or so to bring up a shine.
Step 10
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.
Judy Larson's Leaf Wrap Metal Rings version 2 - , Metalwork, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, leaf wrap ring