Yesterday I twisted up some copper wire and rolled it into a rope-like shape that turned out pretty neat. Now I am scratching my head thinking “what in the world am I going to do with this”? Well I decided to turn it into a two-toned band with a little silver to offset the copper color.
The first thing I do is anneal the copper, because after I rolled it flat, it was “work-hardened” and needs to be softened to be rounded. I do this with a Mini Torch and a fairly bushy flame. If you want to learn more about annealing, click on this link (Annealing) Then I round the copper, trim it at a size 10, file it flush, and solder it closed. I do the same with 2 pieces of silver shank 2.5mm wide and 1mm thick.
After soldering all the pieces into round, size 10 rings, I file the edges of the copper ring and the silver ring flat and solder the pieces together using Medium Silver Solder. I start by tacking, or soldering, just one point of the rings together. Then I place on a Ring Mandrel to align the inside, then I tack a few more points along the inside of the rings. After the first silver ring is tacked, I repeat this on the other side to the other silver ring.
Once tacked, I solder the rest of the way, always adding solder to the inside of the shank, and the heat to the outside, so I draw the solder through the solder joint. After the 3 pieces are soldered together, I brush the pieces with a Brass Brush to brighten them up a bit. Next, I will add a little something to the band to liven it up.
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