Really wanted to try making a soldered ring yesterday. My instructor, Kristi, said to make the initial ring 2 sizes smaller than you want the finished piece to be after texturing.
So I measured the circumference of the ring mandrel at the 6 1/2 mark. Then cut a piece of 14 gauge wire that length. After annealing, filing the ends smooth and flush, I bent the wire around the mandrel to get it started. Also, used the pliers to bend the ends flatter so that I could get a nice, tight join. The solder flowed beautifully into the join. And I did a little happy dance. After pickling, I put the ring onto the mandrel and used a leather mallet to get it into a perfect round. Then, switched to my other hammer to flatten and texture the ring. Filed any little rough bits, shined it up with a polishing cloth and it was done! It’s a wonderful, skinny, little silver ring and I love it.