Ring with Brass Focals, Czech Fire-Polished Glass Bead and Seed Beads
-- Designer --
Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, antiqued gold-plated brass, 4.5x3.2mm smooth saucer (1 bead)
- Bead, Czech fire-polished glass, copper luster, 6mm round (1 bead)
- Focal, brass, 33mm double-sided flat round sun blank with 1.2mm hole (1 focal)
- Focal, antiqued brass, 42x14.5mm single-sided filigree Celtic cross with two loops (1 focal)
- Link, antiqued brass-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 5x4mm round (1 link)
- Link, antiqued brass-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 7mm puffed round (1 link)
- Seed bead, Matsuno, glass, transparent rainbow root beer, #8 round (7 seed beads)
- Bead cap, antiqued brass-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 5mm lacy cone, fits 6mm bead (2 bead caps)
- Brad, brass, 7x4mm flat head, 16 gauge (1 brad)
- Washer, brass, 7mm single-sided flat round flower with pressed petal design and 1.4mm hole (1 washer)
- Washer, brass, 9.5mm double-sided flat round blank with 1.5mm hole (1 washer)
- Headpin, antiqued brass-plated steel, 1-1/4 inch, 21 gauge (1 headpin)
- Jumpring, antiqued gold-plated, 6mm round, 18 gauge (1 jumpring)
- Jumpring, antiqued gold-plated brass, 6mm fancy round, 20 gauge (1 jumpring)
- Powercord, elastic, clear, 0.5mm
- PascoFix instant adhesive
- Flexshaft speed control set, Foredom
- Ring mandrel, carbon steel
- Dapping punch set, steel
- Tool, steel, 3-3/4x3/4 inch square bench block
- Ball peen hammer
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
3/64 inch drill bit
||Place the sun stamping into the largest depression in the dapping block.
Tip: When dapping, you want to work slowly, so approach this with patience. If you move the metal too quickly it will crease rather than curve.
Place the largest dapping punch on top of the sun and strike the top of the punch with the rawhide mallet. Repeat, working your way around the sun, forming it to the shape of the dapping block depression.
Repeat in smaller depressions until the sun is domed as you would like it.
||Using a permanent marker, make a mark at the center of the domed sun. Place the sun onto a piece of wood. Using the rawhide mallet, strike the center punch placed on the mark to create a depression where the drill bit can catch. Drill a hole at the mark (I used the Foredom® Flexshaft).
Drill a hole through the center opening on the link so the holes are the same size and can accommodate the brad.
||Place the brad through the different layers in your design.
Design as shown: brass flower, brass washer, flattened lacy cone bead cap (flattened on a steel block using a rawhide hammer), the sun stamping and the center hole of the focal link.
||Place the assembly upside down on top of the largest dapping punch. Press all of the layers together then trim the brad so it is about 1/8" long. Be sure to cover the piece of wire that will be cut off so it doesn't go flying.
||Using the ball peen hammer, strike the end of the brad, working around the brad so you move the metal outward and so it's flat.
||Hold the assembly against the ring mandrel and bend the focal link around the mandrel to form the ring shape.
Tips: Use round-nose pliers to form the ends further, if needed.
If the space between the ends is too large, consider adding a strand of beads to fill the gap as seen in design above which shows seed beads strung on Powercord®, finished with a surgeon's knot and a drop of adhesive.
The sun stamping has a hole at the tip of one "ray"; consider adding beaded dangles and links as seen in this project.
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