Thursday, March 26, 2015

Make a Russian Wedding Ring

The JET Team has a very special treat for metalsmiths this week, as team member & silversmith Tracy of EmmalynnJewellery shares a step-by-step guide to making her most popular item, this sterling silver Russian Wedding Ring

Russian Wedding Ring by EmmalynnJewellery


How to Make

  1. Choose a length of 12 gauge, half round, sterling silver wire.

  2. Using callipers, measure 3 pieces of wire to form the ring. Make the rings one size larger than you require, to compensate for them tightening when you intertwine them. My calipers leave a faint mark on the metal, showing me where to cut with my jeweller’s saw.

  3. Use half round pliers to bend the wire and shape into 3 round rings. Half round pliers have one flat side and one rounded side and are perfect for forming the inside of rings.

  4. Flux and solder each ring. Tip: I use my third hand.

  5. Using a ring mandrel, hammer each of the rings into a round shape.

  6. You now have 3 individual rings, and what I do next may seem like a backward step! Carefully cut two of the rings open using a jewellers saw, then intertwine the rings together


  7. Re-solder the 2 cut rings in their final position. This cut and re-solder step gives the best results, because it's very difficult to obtain perfectly round rings once they’re all soldered together!

  8. Double check the ring size

  9. File and sand the ring smooth

  10. Tumble with a little bit of dish soap



Now stand back and admire your beautiful new Russian Wedding Ring!

EmmalynnJewellery
Tracy of EmmalynnJewellery

26 comments :

Mollie Ann said...

Fabulous tutorial and a lovely ring! Thank you!

capitalcitycrafts said...

Thanks for this great tutorial, those rings were always a mystery to me!

mjsee said...

Great tutorial...now I need all sorts of new tools...

Jean Sandell said...

Very cool. . .

Michele said...

Oh nice!!! always liked those rings, thanks for sharing!!!

Erika said...

Brilliant tutorial, it's inspired me to make my own! Thank you so much for sharing, Tracy! I

Pebble Ripearls said...

Beautiful ring! Always love it. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Russell said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Now if I could just learn to solder . . .

Gloria Flynn - EarthEnergyGemstones said...

What a great tutorial! I've been wanting to make rings for a long time and feel so inspired to go for it, thanks to your post. Your ring design is beautiful!

Bev Feldman said...

What a cool tutorial! I would have never have thought to solder the rings, cut them, and then resolder them together, but it makes complete sense why you would do it this way!

SatinDollCo said...

That's a gorgeous ring! It's always great to see the process of jewelry making.

LoveStoneArts said...

Some wonderful tips! I know that Craig will be all over this technique. Lovely ring- thanks for sharing!

JillreOzmay said...

Excellent! Now I REALLY want to learn to solder better! Thank you for sharing. :)

Cher said...

Love the rings, and the tutorial feature... fun to see how you make them, but I'll leave the fire and soldering to you ladies who are experts ;)

WanderingJewel said...

Beautiful ring!

Tracy said...

Great tutorial!

Gemstones on My Mind said...

Such a gorgeous ring Tracy! It looks like fun and you make it sound so easy - but I know better!

Lori Taggart said...

Very cool tutorial! Love the ring! Thanks!

Beadsme said...

Oh geez. This is beautiful but way out of my comfort zone. I ca see me burning the house down using a torch.

Gaiana said...

So amazing! Love seeing the process of how a piece comes together.

Gaiana said...

So amazing! Love seeing the process of how a piece comes together.

Keystring said...

This is awesome! Love this tutorial! Thank you for posting!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful tutorial! You made it look so easy.

emmalynnjewellery.com said...

Thanks so much for featuring my ring tutorial, and thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

jemsbyjb said...

Great tutorial. I am going to try this soon.

SendingLoveGallery said...

well done tutorial! fascinating!