Silver Band Ring Project

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  • Pmc Ring Kit #1046
    or individually:
    o PMC+ Silver Clay #67016
    o Ring Sizer #63233
    o Ring Mandrel #69031
    o Jewelry Clay Roller #62401
    o Craft Knife #5536
    o #2 Detail Brush #17101
    o 5 Piece Metal Clay File Set #69721
  • Olive Oil or Bag Balm
  • Self-Adhesive "Sticky" Notes

  • Optional:
  • PMC+ Silver Paste #67016
  • Wipe Out Tool #68712
    Fire With:
  • Butane Torch #6722050 and Fire Brick #64401 or Skutt Firebox Kiln #FIREBOX
  • Jewelry Kiln such as Paragon SC2 #67401
    Polish With:
  • Stainless Steel Brush #10301 and Rubber Polishing Block #67007 or
  • 3 lb. Polisher/Tumbler #67203 and 2.5 lb. Shot Mix #67501
    Optional Embellishments:
  • CZ Stone Assortments: Fire and Ice #67054, Sunset #67059, Orchid #67060
  • PMC+ Silver Clay Syringe #67016
  • Texturized Sheet Set #68301

    Measure your finger with the plastic ring size gauge. Increase ring size 1 ½-2 sizes to allow for shrinkage. For narrow bands (up to 3/16" wide) increase ring 1 ½ sizes, for wider bands increase ring 2 sizes.
    2. Place a sticky note around the ring mandrel covering the area of the increased ring size (note: use the adhesive on the sticky note to adhere the paper back to itself).
    3. Oil the paper on the mandrel lightly.
    Roll out the silver clay using the roller on a lightly oiled plastic sheet or texturized sheet. Roll until clay in the same thickness as the cardboard strips.
    Wrap the rolled clay around the mandrel at the appropriate position. Cut to fit ends securely together and fill the joint with paste. To smooth the seam you can use the soft rubber tip of the wipe out tool. Create a silver paste by adding water to the clay or use pre-made PMC+ paste #67016.
    Trim the edges of the band.
    Create a design with the detail brush, clay filled syringe, detail carving tool, or by adding embellishments such as the CZ stones or other clay components.
    Remove the ring (including sticky note) from the mandrel and dry. Dry ring by using a warm air blow drier, letting it set, or placing it on a warming tray.
    Once dry, carefully remove the paper from the ring by rolling up the note and sliding it out.
    Carefully file any uneven or rough areas around the ring and brush off any loose particles. Repair any flaws or cracks with paste, dry and file again until you are happy with the ring.
    11. Fire the ring. For torch firing heat evenly until the ring glows light orange in color and hold in this state for about 2-3 minutes. For kiln firing heat kiln to approximately 1650 degrees F and hold for 10 minutes.
    12. Polish the ring using a stainless steel wire brush to clean away the white residue left from firing. You may also burnish the high points in the design by rubbing the edge of the stainless steel tweezers firmly against the project. For the easiest and most consistent finish use our Tumbler and Shot #67023.

    For More Detailed Instruction and Creative Projects See:
    Introduction to Precious Metal Clay #6289
    This do-it-yourself guide by Mary Ann Devos provides all the information you need to get started and advance to a "master class" level. This easy-to-follow guide explains the clay and tools you will need, as well as showing step-by-step projects with detailed instructions and photos.
    Metal Clay Rings #6371
    Learn how to shape metal clay into showpiece jewelry. Book includes projects for all skill levels, from easy to challenging. It also features a variety of techniques for building rings including over a ring blank, on a mandrel, and in a mold. Master a range of fundamental shapes including the hourglass shank, flat band, half-round and others. Add finishing touches of color and texture with beads, enamel, CZs, casting grain, gemstones and pearls.