How to Make Sheet Metal Rings at Home
Sheet metal rings are exactly what they sound like- rings made from sheet metal. Many home-based jewelry makers create rings out of sheet metal that they can polish and embellish to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations. If you are interested in making your own inexpensive jewelry, starting with sheet metal rings is a good place to start. You can also use metal rings for a variety of other uses, such as for curtain hangers, 3D art pieces, napkin rings, earrings, necklaces, and anything else you can think of. Experiment with larger and smaller rings for a variety of uses.
Use stainless steel metal for a long-lasting, rust-resistant ring. You can also make rings from aluminum, bronze, silver, or any other kind of sheet metal. Make sure your sheet metal is thick enough to prevent razor-like cuts from the metal edges.
Measure the length of the ring that you want to make using a ring mandrel. If you want to make a ring for another use, simply create a rectangle the same length as the desired circumference of the ring. Cut out this measurement from the sheet metal using tin snips or metal shears.
Use an angle grinder or other buffing tool, such as a tumbling machine, to round the edges of the metal to prevent it from cutting the skin.
Bend the ends of the rectangle together. Use a clamp to hold the two sides of the metal together in a circular shape. Use a soldering gun to solder the two halves of the metal together.
Polish the ring in a tumbling barrel or by hand until the ring has a highly polished sheen on the surface. Add engraving or other embellishments to make the ring beautiful.
Using a similar technique, you can make flat rings for a variety of uses in your home. If you want your rings to have a rounded texture, start with a rod rather than a flat piece of sheet metal.