How to Make a Russian Wedding Ring

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This Russian Wedding Ring is by far the most popular item in my Etsy Shop, so I thought I’d show how it’s made!

First, I choose the wire. This ring is made using 12 gauge, half round, sterling silver wire.

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Then I measure the three pieces of wire that will form the ring with calipers. I measure one size larger than I will actually need because intertwining the rings will make it tighter. The calipers leave a faint mark on the metal, showing me where to cut with my jeweller’s saw.

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The next step is to bend the wire for each ring around using a pair of half round pliers. Half round pliers have one flat side and one rounded side – perfect for forming the inside of rings.

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Then I place each ring in my third hand and flux and solder their seams.

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The rings are then hammered into round rings using a ring mandrel.

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The next step I take may seem like backtracking. I actually cut two of the rings back open and re-solder them after intertwining them together. I do this because I find the rings turn out nicer when you make the three rings perfectly round before intertwining. It’s much more difficult to obtain the perfectly round rings once they’re all soldered together.

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Now that all three rings are connected, I double check the size…

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…file and sand the ring smooth…

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…throw it in the tumbler with a little bit of dish soap, and in a couple of hours I’ll have a gorgeous Russian Wedding Ring!

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My Name is Tracy and I’m a Creative Night Owl…

Sterling Silver Spinner Ring
Sterling Silver Spinner Ring

I have always been a creative person.  When I was little, I used to catch chipmonks in a box at my grandparents’ house to draw them before letting them go.  When I was a teenager, I would be up all hours of the night drawing and painting.

I’ve always done my best work and had my best inspiration late at night, with my music on, after everyone else in the house has long gone to sleep.  That’s okay when you’re a teenager.  You’re supposed to stay up all night!  But now, I have a job and a busy toddler and sometimes I have to force myself to go to bed.

Other times, like Wednesday this week, I stay up late to create, work or no work.  I had a Russian Wedding Ring to make for a customer and I messed up the sizing.  I had to make a size 5.5 and it ended up being a size 6, so I made two.

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After that, I was really in creative mode and I’ve been wanting to make a spinner ring for a while now.  I haven’t made one since I was taking a beginner metalsmithing course back in 2007.

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I have to admit, I love this ring.  It’s heavy and fairly wide, but the thin half bead spinner in the middle makes it seem delicate and feminine at the same time.  Sometimes it’s worth being sleep deprived when something like this comes out of it!