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.
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?
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.
I'm afraid I can't help you there, since this is "ordinary" hard sterling silver and not silver clay. I myst have done something right with it in order for you to think it was silver clay, though! Thank you !
Yes, sometimes! Many of my customers want the item to be tarnished when they recieve it. I take great care when I polish the silver and let it tumble in a drum with steel bits for hours and hours on to get a white mirror finish.. But most of my customers think it is -too- shiny.
..Also, the mirror finish messes with my camera. And when I make items just for myself I am sometimes too lazy to be bothered to get that perfect shine and crank up the oxide bath.
I think Fairyfrog addition to being a great artist of silver is above all a person with a great sensitivity. Fairyfrog could express the most of my crazy request by creating a ring really nice and especially unique. I can not wait to receive it ..... Thanks. Antonio.
It is simple. Made for a male wanting something braided/medieval. Most braided bands are either braided in wax and then cast, or made in silver clay. Few are so stupid they actually braid sterling silver which is a much harder alloy.
Ah, come on. My wife says we're as old as we feel. Some days I'm about 120, others 10. It's all good. I had a kid on Xbox tell me I "sounded" much younger than I am, and act, when I'm playing, younger too. I told him it's all a trick. So I can kick his young butt.