The process of making a ring

Making and designing a ring might not sound like a whole lot of work to the person buying online or walking into the studio to purchase, but in reality, there are so many steps involved, it would make you stop and appreciate the skill and craftsmanship going into it if you knew. Fine Silver & Sterling Silver All rings starts out as pure Silver extracted from the earth.  I buy Silver granules from a Metal supplier who in turn buys from the mines. Fine Silver (99.9% pure) is very soft and not suitable for ‘every day wear’ rings.   By adding copper, Fine Silver becomes Sterling silver and gets in characteristic hardness. Sterling Silver, is 92.5% parts of Fine Silver and 7.5% parts copper. Sometimes I buy Sterling Silver granules from my supplier other times I will buy Fine Silver granules, and add the 75 parts Copper myself when smelting. The purity of Silver that I purchase depends mainly on the items that I want to make. Then I receive the granules, they are placed into a crucible for smelting. Definition of a crucible: Modern crucibles may be small laboratory utensils for conducting high-temperature chemical reactions and analyses or large industrial vessels for melting and calcining metal and ore; they may be made of clay, graphite, porcelain, or a relatively infusible metal. Sterling Silver melts at 893°C.  Larger amounts of Sterling Silver will take longer to melt.  The smaller the amount of Silver you are melting, the quicker the process is.  This batch took quite some time as there was about 250g of Silver to be melted. When the Silver is melted and molten, it is then poured into an ingot (pictured above on the left of the crucible). A quick dip in cold water quenches the metal, and you are able to handle it immediately. These Read More