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Learn to make a ring of fine silver from wire so that it can be fused into a strong, seamless jewelry component.
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Fine Silver Wire (14 Gauge Fine Silver shown)
Tronex Ergonomic Razor Flush Cutter - Long Handle
You need two completely flush cuts on your fine silver ring for it to fuse properly.
Make sure the mandrel you use is consistent in width throughout its length. It should not taper.
Choose the correct size mandrel around which you will wrap the fine silver wire. A sharpie, pen, mandrel or dowel will work fine. The width of the mandrel will dictate the diameter of the fine silver ring.
Give yourself approximatley 1.5 inches of wire to create a tail before wrapping the wire around the mandrel. Hold the tail between your thumb and the mandrel.
Gripping the wire firmly with your thumb, wrap the longer end around the mandrel with your other hand.
Make sure to wrap the wire close together, to get tight consistent rings.
To make 9 rings wrap approximately 10 times around the mandrel.
Gently pull the mandrel out from the wire coil.
Cut the tail off the coil, making sure you use the flush side of the cutter. The flat smooth edge of the cutter (flush side) should be perpendicular to the wire in order to create a straight, completely flush cut.
The cut should be straight and perpendicular to the wire.
To create a flush cut on the other side of the ring flip your cuttters so the flush edge now faces the side you wish to cut.
Congratulations! You have made a fine silver ring with two flush cuts.
The end of the wire which you just cut now has a non-flush edge (burr).
To cut another ring make sure to flip your cutters so the flush side of your cutters is facing towards the side you wish to cut.
Repeat Step 7 through 9 and cut the entire length of the coil of wire, making sure both sides of each ring have straight flush cuts. These rings are now ready to be fused.