As my Silversmithing class is starting up again for the new year I thought I’d share one of the projects that I’d done last term.
My friend Kate has a beautiful silver and gold anticlastic spinner ring. I’ve always been intrigued as to how they are put together and decided it would be a good project to work on for most of the term before Christmas.
I did some research on the internet on how to make an anticlastic ring and was left a bit downhearted as most jewellery makers use either a special metal or plastic stake or a die and a hydraulic press. I couldn’t afford to buy the equipment and even our class didn’t have the equipment for me to have a go so disheartened I decided to put it to the back burner.
Then one lunchtime at work I was idly searching on Google and came across a blog post where the writer mentioned in passing using a metal block and dapping punches. That was all I had to go on but felt that I could at least have a go.
So armed with some copper I made a basic ring using hard solder. (I’d read about how the stress of shaping the ring could make the solder pop so the stronger solder the better, I thought)
Once it was soldered, pickled and polished I started to dap it, using only a couple of strikes before turning it over and doing the other side. Quite quickly it started to fold over. I think I probably went too far and it went too arched to be worn comfortably. So I had to put it on a ring mandrel and try and hammer it out a bit. Hardly ideal. I think next time I’ll only turn the metal slightly.
Next I had to put in the spinner ring and oh my goodness it was fiddly. I ended up having to bind my silver wire with about 3 foot of binding wire to hold it in place and be able to solder it. It’s a piece of work I’d rather never speak of again I got that frustrated doing it. Gah!
I wonder if it would be easier to make it at the same time as the main ring and slide it over before I start dapping. I don’t even know if it would work.
And here’s the finished product: