I was talking to my granddaughter and asked her what she would like for her birthday. She said she has always wanted a signet ring. So I decided to make her and her sister one each.
First, I browsed the net to see what styles of signet rings there were. The style that appealed to me most was the heart signet ring so that is what I decided to do. Once I picked the style I set out to make them.
So my goal is to make a signet ring in silver with a 3ml gemstone set in the corner of the heart.
The first thing I did was to use a heart template and market it out on sheet silver metal and then using my metal saw cut and shape the heart. Next I needed to decide where on the heart to drilled a hole for the stone. Using a 3ml heart bur I prepared the holes for setting the stones.
I needed to make US sizes 5.5 and 5 rings so I measured the heart and then worked out the amount of rectangular wire it would take to make these sizes.
Then I had to connect the heart to the wire.
So to solder the rectangular wire to the heart and get it to fit snugly against it I filed a curve at each end of the wire.
I soldered one end of the wire to the heart then bent the wire around a ring mandrel then soldered the other end to the heart.
The next step was to shape and clean the rings.
Using a raw hide hammer and the ring mandrel I shaped and sized each ring. Once that was done I put them in the pickle for a few minutes. Once out of the pickle I cleaned and dried them. So now they are ready to sand and polish.
Using my sanding disks I sanded the rings smooth so no joins were visible. Then using my polishing mandrels I polished the rings to a shine.
Now all that was left was to set the stones. I chose an amethyst and a garnet CZs.
The girls were thrilled when I gave them their rings.