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Braided ring of Eclive by fairyfrog Braided ring of Eclive by fairyfrog

Commissioned sterling silver ring for :iconeclive:


Sterling silver, six 1.5 mm thread strands braided in a traditional style I learned over 20 years ago.
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HeavyGravity Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
you must anneal the crap outa that S/S!
HeavyGravity Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
So you braided this from silver wire?
fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep. stuck the threads in a leather-clad vice and braided the frell outta it. And yes, annealing, annealing, annealing. *nod*
Finished and tightened the braid by pulling and bashing it with a rubber hammer.
soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student General Artist
*after a bit of researching* Aaaah so you used wire? Noooow I get it! :XD: inicially I thought you used a mold or so...
fairyfrog Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, yes.. I mostly work all my pieces by hand out of sturdy sterling silver sheet or thread which I commonly cast or forge myself and mill to size.

I don't use silver clay and I very seldom have anything sent for casting. :)
soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Aha, I see. (says someone who's totally on the outside) ^^;
fairyfrog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
*giggle* Well, at least you took the time to read the description! Few seems to do that :)
soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Yep. :D
Fainting-Star Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
This is really beautiful. Do you have any tutorials? I have a book that has some jewelry instructions in it and been trying to learn how to weave wire and it isn't easy for me :-) Especially since I don't know how to finish the ring like you did with soldering. How do you do that?

I like this weave.
fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Solving the problem of making ends meet is always the biggest bother in a ring like this. The best you can do is trying to get the braid to match up, of course, but in this case I wanted a piece of adornment.

Before step 1 on this image I braided the material and measured out approx. how long the piece should be. After that I placed little bits of solder at the end lines and here and there along the band. When you cut the braid or when you bend it the braid distorts, and soldering it in place will prevent this somewhat. I also milled it slightly to get it flatter.

I even chose which side to set as outside from a piece in the braid that gone less taut than the others. -Putting it on the outside and bending the ring pulled it back into the ring enough to give a smooth surface.

Once I was done I stood it upright and added solder to the ends of the braid to get the wire ends to really stick together. I over-used solder on this ring because braids tend to need it with all the gaps and air between the wire.

The middle bit was nothing special. I took a separate scrap bit of twisted wire, pre-soldered it together and then I filed it down just a little on opposite sides so it would be easy to stick between the braided ends.

The twist was a little thicker than the ring itself so I made sure it was aligned with the inside, letting it raise over the outside instead as a decoration.

I used a lot of solder, making sure to fill any gaps between the braid and the twist. That gives a strong hold, all you need to do afterwards is taking a bit more care with filing, finish and annealing. ;)

Hope that helps!
/Sarah B
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