Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. Keep a variety of sizes of different textured stack rings on hand to use as gifts.
Textured Stacked Rings
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Texturing, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Keep a variety of sizes of different textured stack rings on hand to use as gifts. Make yourself a bunch of them to wear on different fingers. Stacking many together with a focal ring gives the look of a wide band ring.

To ensure exact replication of the width of the ring band, a certain length of wire needs to be cut, usually several sizes smaller than the desired finished size. Having a table of sizes and wire lengths on hand can be helpful, especially when making lots of rings.

Materials

14 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-14H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $11.21
  • Gold Club Price: $8.41
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Tools

ultra fine retractable Sharpie
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
Xuron Flush Cutter - Pack of 1
G2-504
  • G2-504
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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GROBET FILE - BARRETTE CUT 2, 6"
FIL-31.030
  • FIL-31.030
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $31.20
  • Gold Club Price: $23.40
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Multi Angle Cutting Jig
VIS-512.00
  • VIS-512.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $84.95
  • Gold Club Price: $63.71
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Multi-Size Wrap 'N' Tap Pliers, Small Barrels
PLR-746.02
  • PLR-746.02
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Multi-Size Wrap 'N' Tap Pliers, Large Barrels
PLR-746.03
  • PLR-746.03
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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Flat Nose Nylon Flat Jaw With Spring
PLR-831.00
  • PLR-831.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $13.80
  • Gold Club Price: $10.35
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5/8 Inch Double Rubber/Nylon Head Hammer - Pack of 1
G3-26
  • G3-26
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
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  • Price: $13.95
  • Gold Club Price: $10.46
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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $15.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.98
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7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $140.54
  • Gold Club Price: $105.40
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Blazer Big Buddy Turbo Torch, White
TRCH-8012
  • TRCH-8012
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $40.00
  • Gold Club Price: $30.00
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Solderite Soldering Board 6 Inch by 6 Inch Soft
SOL-421.10
  • SOL-421.10
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  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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NATURE'S TOUCH CITRIC PICKLE, 2LB PLASTIC JAR
CLN-163.00
  • CLN-163.00
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $16.95
  • Gold Club Price: $12.71
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
  • CLN-584.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $29.95
  • Gold Club Price: $22.46
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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 MP-1 Rock Tumbler Kit
G34-101
  • G34-101
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $119.11
  • Gold Club Price: $89.33
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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.

Straighten a length of 14- gauge round wire at the end of the coil. Use an ultra fine point retractable Sharpie to mark the wire at lengths needed for the desired ring size. If a more heavily textured ring than the one shown here is desired, cut the wire length for the next smaller size.
Size

4.5 1-15/16"

5 2"

5.5 2-1/6"

6 2-1/8"

6.5 2-3/16"

7 2 ¼"

7.5 2-5/16"

8 2-3/8"

8.5 2-7/16"

9 2 ½"

9.5 2-9/16"

10 2-5/8"
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 2
With the flat side of the flush cutter facing the coil, cut the wire on the line. One end of the ring wire will have a flush cut. The other end will have a pointed end. The pointed end to be filed off is accounted for in the length.
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 3
Place the pointed end of the wire in the smaller of the "V" grooves in the 90 degree jaw. The full pointed end must be protruding enough that the wire end can be filed flat. Repeat with the other end of the wire where only a sliver of wire needs to be filed flat.

Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 4
Use a Wrap N Tap pliers to round the wires into a ring shape. Use flat nose pliers to bring the ends together in a "D" ring shape with the ends flush. Sometimes it helps to push the ends slightly past each other while pushing the ring down in the palm of the hand. When the wire ends are pulled apart, they should spring back together, touching.
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 5
Place the 14 gauge rings on the Solderite board, paying attention to where the seams are. To fuse, move the flame around the ring. Carefully heat each until the wire surface goes from dull to very shiny and slightly molten. The seam will connect and fuse. Immediately remove the heat. Cool the rings slightly before removing them from the soldering surface. Hint: Practice on two small rings so you can see the stages progress.
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 6
Gently press the ring down the length of the mandrel. If the join breaks during this step or the next, straighten the wire and file the ends again. Reform and fuse the ring again. Gently tap the ring with a nylon or rubber mallet to make it round. Hint: Store rounded fused rings and cut wires in labeled bags to finish later.
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 7
Inspect the rings. As needed, use the rounded side of the Grobet ring file to clean up the inside seams on any rings.
Step 8
Texture around the ring lightly with a slightly domed face chasing hammer, enlarging half way to the desired size. Turn the ring over on the mandrel. Finish texturing until the ring band touches the top edge of the desired size.
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 9
Place the ring on a bench block. Use a Mini Tru Strike Planishing Hammer to lightly texture both sides of the ring.
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Judy Larson's Textured Stacked Rings - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Texturing, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, textured stackiing rings
Step 10
If the rings are darkened from fusing, pickle and rinse them before continuing. Tumble the rings for several hours to bring up a shine.