To fabricate a ring you will melt, form, shape, solder, and finish your bands out of your chosen metal. You will need to work with a few different hand tools that include; a jeweler’s saw, torch, files, and other specialized equipment to create your own unique wedding rings. Most people will fabricate and finish their rings in approximately 6 hours and take their creations home at the end of the workshop! Check out this overview and the F.A.Q. page to learn more.
Melt and Form
You will then be guided through the process of melting your metal in a crucible using an Oxy/Propane torch. Once your metal is molting hot we will pour it into a mold to create a stick of metal called an ingot. Once your ingot has been quenched and cooled you will move on to prep your ingot for rolling.
Using a file you will remove any loose ends from the ingot. You may need to use a jeweler’s saw to cut your ends clean. After this process is complete you will begin rolling your ingot out into the length you figured in step 1. Through this process you will have formed what we call your ring blank.
Using a special rolling mill you will roll your ingot out to achieve your specified length and shape. You will repeat this process several times. You may need to re-heat your ingot to keep your metal soft and workable through a process called annealing.
Once your ingot has been rolled out to a ring blank at the correct length, you will begin to shape and form it into a ring. You will use a mallet, a ring mandrel, and a little muscle to bring each end of the ring blank together.
After soldering you will begin cleaning your ring up and start preparing the wedding bands for the final polishing step. You will use an assortment of files and or sandpaper to remove excess solder and tool marks.
Round and Polish
The last steps in the process will be to ensure your ring is round and the right size. After that you will add the final finish or polish to your new custom-made wedding band!
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