Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How to Make a Stamped Ring using a Metal Blank

I know some of you are reluctant to venture into metal smith techniques. But really, there are some simple things you can learn to do.  Here is an easy start - use a metal ring blank as I did for one of the Impressart metal stamp designs I showed earlier for this week's giveaway


The pre-cut ring metal blanks mean you don't have to cut or saw from metal sheets!  All you have to do is a little stamping, hammering, forming perhaps some sanding and viola! You got yourself a ring!  Be sure to get the right size ring blanks and in the width you like.

First thing to do is to prepare the blank - the one I used is aluminium. If the edges are rough, sand them smooth with some steel wool.  I just used a piece of scotch tape to hold the blank in place and marked where I wanted the flower centers to be.  The flowers consist of the "o" and the "v" from the Jeanie lower case letter set.  You can use any design stamp you like!


I struck harder than I needed to so that the indentations were deep and looked less like letters.


I colored the impressions with a black marker pen and then wiped off the ink from the surface with a folded up piece of paper towel.


Next, I used the hemispherical head of my ball-peen hammer to texture the surface around the flowers. The texturing also hid the slight scratch marks on the surface. This saved a tumbling step!


Then onwards to some preliminary forming.  I do have stepped ring forming pliers which easily gripped the blank and helped in the bending process.  Alternatively, you could use a dowel. 


I finished up the forming and work hardening by hammering the ring with my nylon hammer on a metal ring mandrel.  As the ring mandrel is tapered, I hammered on one side of the ring, removed it completely from the mandrel, turned the ring around and replaced it on the mandrel for the second half of the hammering on the mandrel. This maintains an even ring size.


There you have it! An easy peasy and quick adjustable ring to make and wear!


Before You Go:
______________________________
Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips 

15 comments :

Divya N said...

lovely...can you tell me what is the thickness of the ring blank used?

judyklarson said...

My daughter teaches art and her students would love to do this. And you do not have to worry about rings sizes! Great Idea!

zoraida said...

I love this! I've just started stamping and this is perfect for me. Thanks so much for this post :)

Zoraida
http://artzjewelry.wordpress.com

Pearl Blay said...

Although the rings are adjustable, there is quite a difference for the length of metal blanks for men vs women. So there are different sizes available.

Pearl Blay said...

Divya - I think it was 14G. The blanks were originally cut from 14G metal sheets

Kathy H said...

Love your blog, very inspiring! Winning the stamp set would be wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity!

janet said...

I Love this, I so want to try this.Pearl...please dont ever stop blogging!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

You made it look so easy, Pearl. I don't make many rings but I am certainly tempted with this great tutorial. Hope things are well settled in your new home!

Pearl Blay said...

Thanks for your kind comment! Yes, we are settling down well in our new home!

Sheila said...

Can you make the stamped portion ANY color?

Pearl Blay said...

Absolutely! Red is a fun color for example Remember to pick one that gives a sharp contrast.

BetteJo said...

This one is certainly a hit! Hope you do more tutorials like this!

Pearl Blay said...

Yes, I certainly plan on doing more!

Patho Jen said...

Hi, can you tell me where to buy those pre cut metal blanks?

Pearl Blay said...

There are many suppliers on Etsy and probably eBay too if you look!

Custom Design by Bloggermint & Blogger Themes