Hi everyone, today I want to share with you my very first ring completed in Silversmith College. I made it on Monday from a piece of scrap copper that was all twisted and mangled up, pretty proud of my achievement really. I finally got the whole soldering with a blow torch down too and worked out what I have been doing wrong with the help of the wonderful tutor Mark.
I cut, filed and shaped the scrap piece into a ring form, it is alittle uneven at one side but hey, for a first go I aint complaining! I sanded and cleaned and sanded and cleaned some more, then after 3 failed attempts to solder nailed it on the 4th go!
After the soldering came the whacking, my favourite part to add in the hammered texture and to make the piece large enough to fit on my finger, it was quite small. Then came more sanding and cleaning and it sat in a pickle bath for 10mins too. The final part was to get it on the polisher which is quite a beast of a machine and at one point took it from my hand and flung it across the room! Luckily it didn't hit anyone on its flying lesson but it did get a little miss shaped from being slammed into a wall then the ceiling and then the floor. After the final reshape and a wash with fairy liquid to get any polishing residue off, here we have it. My first hand made completely hammered copper ring. Cant wait to get making some more. My etching fluid has now arrived so I will be having a play with that this weekend too! Cant wait!
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