If you’re thinking of exploring your creativity through jewellery production, making a ring is an ideal first project. But how do you get started? And what material should you choose? When you decide to make a ring, these are just some of the questions you’ll need to think about. Here you’ll find useful information to help guide you.
Choosing the right ring making material
If it’s your first time ring making, it can be difficult to know which material to use to create your piece. There are a wide range of choices available, from copper, brass and gold, to less conventional materials like wood and acrylic. Each of these options offers different benefits and challenges when making a ring, allowing for a variety of effects and finishes. For our money though, there’s a clear winner when it comes to materials for first-time ring makers: sterling silver.
Silver is a great choice when you want to make a ring for the first time, because it is soft, ductile and malleable. This means that it is easy to manipulate and shape. When compared to materials such as gold and platinum, it is also relatively inexpensive, while still giving you the experience of working with a precious metal. Another important consideration when making a ring is durability, and sterling silver has it in spades! This ensures that the piece you make can be worn every day and still last a lifetime.
Learning how to make a silver ring
Now you’ve decided on your material, you’ll need to learn how to make a silver ring. If you’re just looking to customise an existing base, it’s easy to buy pre-made silver ring findings, either online or in specialised jewellery making supply stores. However, if you want a more complete ring making experience, your best option is silver ring wire. You can use this to craft your own band from scratch. You’re also going to have to learn some basic jewellery manufacture techniques.
This is why making a ring is such a great introduction to jewellery making. It’s a simple and cost-effective project allowing you to begin to develop essential jewellery manufacture skills. The techniques you will need to make a ring include measuring, cutting, shaping and soldering metal. These are all transferrable skills that will stand you in good stead as you progress to more complex jewellery projects.
Making a ring your way
Making a ring may be relatively easy, but that doesn’t mean that your finished piece has to be simple. Starting off with a straightforward project means that you can begin experimenting with the details and developing your own aesthetic right away. Will you make a ring that is fine or chunky? Textured or smooth? How will you wear it – simple or stacked? The choices are endless.
Learning how to make a silver ring isn’t just about acquiring skills. It’s a fun and exciting process that allows you to discover a whole new world of creativity! By channelling your own inspirations and experiences into jewellery, you can learn to produce unique pieces that reflect your personality and imagination. And nothing can compare to the sense of satisfaction you’ll get when you complete your first ring, crafted by you from start to finish.
Finding a ring making course
If you’d like to make a ring, you can try a specialised short course for beginners. Complete packages such as BAJ’s silver ring course will provide all the tools and materials you need and will let you take your own finished piece home at the end of the programme. Making a ring in an on-campus course like this will also give you the opportunity to network with other jewellers, ask questions and make contacts in the jewellery making community.