Sunday, August 21, 2016

How To Make A Boho Chic Soldered Crystal Point Ring

I just finished making this awesome ring for my daughter Erica, who had asked me to make her a Boho style amethyst crystal point ring. 

I snapped a few photos during the process, so I thought I'd share them here with you. This is not a complete, standard step-by-step tutorial, but just a simple glimpse into the process that will maybe offer you some creative inspiration!

Check out how I made this pretty, awesome soldered crystal ring!

Soldering level: Beginner to Intermediate

Materials & tools needed:

It all started with a rough crystal point bead! Who doesn't love purple amethyst crystals? My daughter Erica picked this amethyst crystal bead out of one of my bead boxes and asked me to design it into a ring for her.

Choose a crystal or rough cut gemstone rock with a center-drilled hole. You can also use any type of  large stone bead for this project.

First you will need to form your wire in the shape of a circle to create the shank of the ring. Use your nylon jaw pliers to straighten a length of copper or silver wire - I used about 12 to 14 inches of copper wire for this ring. Straighten the wire while it is on the spool and then cut the wire with your wire cutters. 

Shape the shank of the ring (form the circle): Hold one end of the wire against your ring mandrel at the desired ring size marking on the mandrel and use your other hand to wrap the wire snugly around the mandrel two times. If you do not have a ring mandrel you can use any circular shaped object that is the size of your finger (maybe a lipstick tube or other similar sized object). Then carefully remove the wire from the mandrel. 

Hold the wire circles that you just formed in place with your soldering pliers and use your other hand to solder the wire rings together with a small amount of solder, coating the wires on all sides and binding them to each other with solder. 

Next, thread your bead onto the long tail end of your wire and push the bead down the wire until it is flush against your ring's shank.

Bring the tail end of wire that traveled through the bead down toward the ring's shank and hold it against the ring's shank. Use a drop of solder to attach the tail of wire to the ring's shank as shown in the photo above. 

Your ring should now look something like this. 

Now slide the ring back onto the mandrel and carefully wrap the long tail end of wire around the mandrel again until all of the wire is used up. If you have excess wire you can snip the remaining wire off with your wire cutters. Tuck the pointy end of wire into the other wire wraps (try to hide the end). 

Remove the ring from the mandrel and now solder the rest of the wires together, adding more solder as needed, until all of the wires are completely soldered together and your ring is formed (photo below).  

If desired, add a few small droplets of decorative solder to the ring as I did in the photo above. 

Once you are finished, make sure there are no pointy ends of wire anywhere on your ring. If there are, cover them up with a small drop of solder.

Wash, dry, polish, and enjoy your ring! 

I hope you enjoyed this mini-tutorial! Check out my books Boho Chic Jewelry and Soldered Alchemy for tons of fun jewelry soldering projects, all kinds of soldering information, beautiful jewelry and soldering inspiration! 

I hope you have a great week! 

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Jewelry design, article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2016 all rights reserved. 
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