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.