Before you begin, determine what word or phrase you want to stamp on your ring. I chose, “oh how he loves us,” which is a line from one of my all-time favorite songs by the David Crowder Band. Write it out on a piece of paper and find the center.
STEP 1: Tape your blank to the steel block on top of a hard, flat, and stable surface. Make sure the tape is straight because you’ll be using it as a guide for your letters.
STEP 2: Stamp your letters. To do this, I mark a line on the tape for the center. I begin with the center letter, then work outward in both directions. Place your stamp where you want each letter to be and give it a very firm tap with your hammer.
This is how your ring will look when the stamping is complete. You can choose to leave it this way, or you can darken the letters for an oxidized look.
STEP 3: To get an oxidized look, the easiest trick is to color over your letters with a black permanent marker. Yes, this will eventually wear off, but the good news is that you can retouch it anytime by repeating this process and coloring them in again.
STEP 4: Use a polishing cloth to rub off the excess marker. All that remains will be the marker in the crevices of each letter.
STEP 5: Form ring shape by wrapping blank around a steel mandrel. You’ll need to use your hammer to tap down the ends.
The great thing is that these rings are adjustable, so you can give them to friends knowing that they won’t be too small, unlike a wire wrapped ring.
I want to try some of the thinner blanks too, now that I know how well the DIY process works, but I like how I can fit two lines of text on these which allows for longer phrases like this one.
What about you? Do you think you’ll try your hand at ring making? What would you stamp on yours?
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