This tutorial will show you how to make a simple soldered sterling silver band using a small butane torch and basic tools. This is a great project for the beginner, even if you’ve never soldered before. It will give you the fundamentals you will need to continue learning basic soldering.
Cristine will walk you step by step though making a silver band with
a hammered texture that has been oxidized and polished in a tumbler.
She will talk to you about different materials you can start with, options in finishing, texturing, polishing and she provides a chart that will show you how to determine the amount of material you will need to achieve a certain size ring. The chart shows North American, European and UK sizes with
measurements in millimeters and inches.
– Piece of sterling silver sheet or strip approximately 20 to 16 gauge (about 1mm
to 1.5mm) thick.
– Silver solder
– Ruler or calipers
– Jewelers saw
– Flat file
– Rawhide mallet
– Ring mandrel
– Proper surface for soldering
– Sand paper
– Finishing options – oxidizer, Steel wool 000000, soft brass brush, Polishing cloth, Tumbler