Judy Larson's Mobius Rings, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. .
Mobius Rings
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
If you solder together three jump rings into a solid love knot, Judy Larson contends it becomes a mobius ring: one with no beginning and no end!

Materials

Silver Filled Jump Rings Open (.040) 18ga (OD) 6mm (ID) 4.02mm - Pack of 25
S11-17
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.96
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Tools

90 Degree Bent Nose Pliers
G2-66
  • G2-66
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $7.97
  • Gold Club Price: $5.98
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WireJewelry 9 Inch Rotating Turntable with Fire Brick
G32-9910
  • G32-9910
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $39.95
  • Gold Club Price: $29.96
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Blazer Big Buddy Turbo Torch, White
TRCH-8012
  • TRCH-8012
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $40.00
  • Gold Club Price: $30.00
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Aqui Flux, 1/2 Pint Spray Bottle
SOL-932.03
  • SOL-932.03
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.95
  • Gold Club Price: $5.21
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Silver Solder Paste Medium SS70 - 1/4 T.O.
SOL-822.15
  • SOL-822.15
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.95
  • Gold Club Price: $14.21
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Silver Solder Paste Soft SS65- 1/4 T.O.
SOL-822.10
  • SOL-822.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.95
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Stainless Steel Shot - 1 lb Bag
G24-4
  • G24-4
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $31.95
  • Gold Club Price: $23.96
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Thumlers Tumbler Model A-R12 Rock Tumbler
G34-130
  • G34-130
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $295.88
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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 space you are working in.

For any size of jump rings:

Close one jump ring. Connect and close a jump ring to the first closed ring.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 2
I am right handed and tend to lay the second jump ring to the right. No matter which way the ring is placed, all succeeding attached ring MUST be placed in the same direction.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 3
Open, attach, and close a jump ring to the two nestled together rings from Step 2. Remember, the newly attached jump ring MUST nestle correctly with the other two. In this case, it goes to the right.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 4
Three connected jump ring will make a mobius link. Adding more rings will make a heftier link.
Alternative Ring Finishing

Because I like to have many sizes of mobius rings on hand and do not like to fiddle with nestling the rings together, I fuse or solder each ring after attaching it and then fuse or solder the nestled rings together. Each fused or soldered seam is cleaned and refined before adding new jump rings.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 5
Close a jump ring. Fuse or solder the join.
Pro Tip: When fusing, the metal becomes slightly molten. It is imperative to fuse on a clean surface so the back of the ring does not take the texture of an imperfect surface of a very used board.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 6
Attach a new ring to the closed ring from Step 5. If the closed ring seam was soldered, make sure the join is not touching the new ring to be fused or soldered. If the rings are large enough, they can be hung off the side of a soldering surface as shown. Fuse or solder the new seam.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 7
Make sure the two rings are nestled together in your preferred way. Attach and close a new jump ring. Again, if the rings are large enough, they can be hung off the side of a soldering surface as shown. Make sure the joins of the first two rings are not touching the new ring to be fused or soldered. Fuse or solder the new seam.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 8
After all the rings are connected and soldered or fused, nestle the rings together. Try to hide the ring seams in the nestled rings. If the rings are fine silver or Argentium, place them on a soldering surface and fuse the mobius rings together. If the rings are sterling silver, place small bits of medium paste solder between the rings and heat until the solder flows.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Step 9
Pickle, rinse, and dry the mobius rings.
Step 10
Tumble for several hours to bring up a nice shine.

Mobius rings can be used as beads, as with the Argentium mobius rings on either side of the lapis lazuli beads in the turquoise necklace, or as links, as in the mobius and pearl drop earrings.
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings
Judy Larson's Mobius Rings - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, mobius rings