August 20, 2015

Steps in the Fabrication Process

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.

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Measure

First, you will figure your ring size and determine how much metal you will need to make your ring. A couple quick measurements and a few simple calculations will give you the plan to get started. You will weigh and portion out the metal based off your measurements and move on to the next step, smelting!

 

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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.

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 CUT

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.
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Roll

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.

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Shape

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.


Soldier

Once your ends have come together perfectly, you will be guided through the process of soldiering. You will being to heat your ring with the torch to and apply solder to close the ring and bind it together.

 File

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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