Making your own ring blanks can be of great benefit more so in terms of customization. Personally made ring blanks are easy to decorate and the idea of finding the right size would not be a concern to you. If you are planning to make your own ring blanks, the following are some of the tools that you need to be familiar with.
When making the ring blanks it is important that you focus on shaping and sizing of the rings. This implies that shaping and sizing tools would come handy in the process. The tools that would be used in this process include a ring mandrel and a ring sizer. A ring mandrel is a conically shaped wooden tool with a shape that covers any size of ring that you wish to make. A ring sizer measures the finger and the size of the ring that fits perfectly. These tools are used together. First, the ring sizer is used and then the mandrel is used to mark the appropriate size before markings on specific metal, clay or wire are done.
Most of the thin bands are made of sheet metal and soldered using silver. These sheets can be found in stores selling jewelry supplies. With such materials, you can easily go ahead to make your own basic bands, rings, signet bands etc. The tools that will come in handy in the process include a solder, soldering iron, ring shaper, metal files and metal snips.
Crafters who are good with clay can make the best out of metal clay. Rings can be made using the metal clay and the amazing thing is that the same technique of ring making is also applied here. The first thing to be done is shaping then drying. Next, using a small kiln or a butane torch the metal clay can be fired to form a real metal. The burning or firing process breaks away the organic clay leaving behind metal parts. The metal parts would have formed the shape of a ring you most desire. In this process, the requirements that you will need to include: metal clay, firing brick, kiln, shaping tools, burnishing tool and a metal brush (stiff).
The thick wire can also be used to make rings. In this case, you will require a thick wire and pliers. It is worth pointing out that you would be making use of different types of pliers to ensure that you get the best designs of rings. The process here basically involves twisting 3 or more wire strands to form a band. Different types of embellishments can be added on top once twisting is done.
Referencing is important when making your own rings. Thus, you will have to make use of scribers. This will help you in drawing the correct measurement of the ring’s width. It is important to note that 1mm should be left to act as a safety margin for sanding and filing. This will make certain that sanding and filing do not affect the diameter of your ring.