Judy Larson's Ring Pendant, Metalwork. Filing, Finishing, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. When is a ring not a ring? When you turn it into a pendant, of course!<br />
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My daughter had ordered a few ring blanks, not realizing that they were adjustable rings.
Ring Pendant
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Filing / Finishing, Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
When is a ring not a ring? When you turn it into a pendant, of course!

My daughter had ordered a few ring blanks, not realizing that they were adjustable rings. She was going to throw them away, but I scooped them up thinking I might be able to do something with them. They sat on my work table for a while before I remembered that I had made a pendant from the Mother's Ring I inherited from my mother. Of course, the same could be done with these rings!

This is how I did it.

Materials

8mm Amethyst 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 6
A13-88C
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Adjustable ring blanks
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Gold Filled Filigree Bead Caps 8mm - Pack of 1
J9-351
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.07
  • Gold Club Price: $1.55
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Premium Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-35
  • G2-35
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.95
  • Gold Club Price: $11.21
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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2 Ounce Rubber Head Hammer
G3-19
  • G3-19
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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Needle File Set Pack of 5
FIL-970.00
  • FIL-970.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.57
  • Gold Club Price: $8.68
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Instructions
Step 1
Carefully open the ring to disengage the crossover portion of the shank that makes the ring adjustable.
Step 2
Cut off the portions of the ring shank that that make it adjustable (the "box" on the shank needs to go), leaving as much of the shank as possible on each side. You may only need to cut the end off one side.
Judy Larson's Ring Pendant - , Metalwork, Filing, Finishing, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Ring shank
Step 3
Gently grip as much of the ring shank on one side of the ring as possible with a soft jaw pliers. Apply gentle pressure to slightly flatten the shank. You must be careful as you may break the ring shank off.
Step 4
You can further flatten the ring shank by lightly pounding it with a rubber mallet.
Step 5
File the ring shank cut ends smooth.
Step 6
One shank will be longer than the other. Form that into the bail. You may find you want to make a small loop at the end of the bail in the back if the shank is too long. It can add a decorative detail to a plain shank.
Judy Larson's Ring Pendant - , Metalwork, Filing, Finishing, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Forming the bail
Step 7
Construct your wire wrapped bead dangle.
Judy Larson's Ring Pendant - , Metalwork, Filing, Finishing, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Making wire wrapped bead dangle.
Step 8
The other shank can be formed into the lower loop, sliding on the dangle before completely closing it.
Step 9
If your ring has a bezel cup, add your stone. Press the bezel edges in to hold the stone in place.
Judy Larson's Ring Pendant - , Metalwork, Filing, Finishing, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Tighten bezel cup
Step 10
Congratulations! You've made your first Ring Pendant!