Ring Making Essentials: How to Make a Ring Band in 5 Easy Steps Plus a Ring Sizing Chart

This ring-sizing chart is, quite possibly, the handiest chart I’ve ever seen! Nothing is more frustrating than putting hours (maybe even days) of time and effort into making fabulous rings, only to have them turn out too large or too small. Read on to see how to make perfectly sized rings every time, plus a quick and easy 5-step ring-making tutorial.

Perfect Band Rings
Size a ring band according to commercial metal sheet gauges
By Helen Driggs

Use this chart to find the length of sheet metal you need for the metal gauge you’re using and ring size you want. Find the ring size in either of the first two columns at left (U.S. or metric); then follow across that row until you’re under the gauge of metal you’re using. Cut your metal band to the millimeter length indicated.

ring sizing chartHow to Make a Ring Band in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Choose a metal gauge. Decide the width of the band and indicate it on the sheet.
  1. Find the desired ring size and length of band on the ring sizing chart. Transfer measurement to sheet and cut out. Finish all cut edges.
  1. Anneal ring band. Join ends to butt solder seam. Solder join with hard solder.
  1. Quench, pickle and dry. Confirm roundness of band by hammering with rawhide mallet on a ring mandrel. Turn ring evenly during forming to ensure exact shape.
  1. Final finish, patina and polish as desired. —HD

ring sizing mandrelRings are my favorite piece of jewelry to wear and make, and with this chart, I don’t have to worry about the headache of sizing. Yay! And with these five easy ring-making steps and the no-fail ring-sizing chart, I know you’re ready to make handfuls of rings. Get all the inspiration and instruction you want for ring making and all other kinds of jewelry making in our 2-4-6-8 sale! With $2 projects and patterns, $4 digital magazines, $6 ebooks, and $8 video downloads, you’ll find more ring projects and tutorials than you can shake a mandrel at, including ones on ring-making techniques like soldering, stone setting, hand-finishing and machine-finishing, metal stamping, and more.

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