Jewelry Projects: Explore Ring Making with Top Jewelry Artists

Of all the different types of jewelry, rings often have the most significance. Engagement rings, wedding rings, friendship rings — they all have deep meanings. And rings are very likely to be passed down from generation to generation. Personally, I wear my late mother’s gold filigree and diamond ring every day.

When you think of rings, you may think of only one thing — a simple circle with or without a stone. Right? Well, yes, but there are actually many ways to design and make rings. The March 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist includes three ring designs from some of our favorite jewelry artists. They’ll give you a look at three diverse — but really cool — ring-making techniques.

Rivet-Prong-Set Ring

Kate Richbourg’s Rivet-Prong-Set Ring is an awesome twist on a traditional prong setting. This design — adapted and reprinted from Kate’s book, Metalsmithing Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Cold Connections, Simple Soldering, Stone Setting, and More! — uses simple soldering to turn nail head rivets into prongs for mounting your favorite stone. It’s also a great way to practice your filing techniques.

Jewelry Projects: Explore Ring Making with Top Jewelry Artists

Kate Richbourg
Rivet-Prong-Set Ring
Silver wire, sterling silver disc, nail heads, cabochon
PHOTO: JIM LAWSON

Quick Soldered Wire Ring with Cabochon

For another way to set a cab, Roger Halas’s Quick Soldered Wire Ring with Cabochon uses triangle wire and sterling silver sheet with more advanced soldering techniques. He winds the wire around a ring mandrel for a “twist” on design. It’s a fairly simple but remarkably elegant design that you can make yourself — or it can serve as the inspiration for your own ring designs.

Jewelry Projects: Explore Ring Making with Top Jewelry Artists

Roger Halas
Quick Soldered Wire Ring
Sterling silver triangle wire, sterling sheet, cabochon
PHOTO: JIM LAWSON

Wire Ring with Clasp

Did you know that rings can have clasps? I didn’t — not until I saw Bobbi Maw’s Wire Ring with Clasp in the March issue. It’s a fantastic idea, especially for those days when your hands are a little swollen. Bobbi uses square and round wire with Swarovski crystals to create this gorgeous — and extremely practical — design. And it’s all wirework — no soldering involved.

Bobbi Maw
Wire Ring with Clasp
Square wire, round wire, saw-on round crystal, bicone crystals, round beads
PHOTO: JIM LAWSON

Of course, these are only three examples of ring-making designs and techniques. For more, check out the new ebook, 10 Silver and Other Metal Ring Projects. This collection includes 10 stunning metal rings drawn from the pages of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Step By Step Wire Jewelry, and Easy Metal Jewelry. These rings are made in a wide range of styles — like bands, spinners, and stackables — using a variety of techniques and alternative materials. You’ll find rings made with enamel, acrylic, even shrink plastic. They’re a great way to practice your existing ring-making skills and to try your hand at new ones.

So get inspired and start ringing.
Karla


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