29 May DIY weddings: Make your own wedding rings
Ok, so this is definitely not something you can do at home but it does fall under the bracket of Do It Yourself. So if you’re interested in making your own wedding rings then read on… In this article, Claire talks us through the workshop she attended to make her husband’s wedding ring. Over to you, Claire!
Make your own wedding rings
Difficulty: Hard / Time: 4-6 hours / Cost: around £150-£400
What could be more personal than making your own wedding bands? And the good news is that there are quite a few jewellers around Dorset that run workshops to help you do just that. I made my husband’s wedding ring with jeweller, Emma Leonard in Westbourne near Bournemouth.
What you will need:
– To know your ring sizes
– Your choice of metal (usually silver, gold, white gold)
Just some of the basic tools you will use:
During the workshop you will learn so many different techniques to work with the metal. It’s like being back in Design Tech at school, only this time you listen and actually learn something!
I’ve simplified the steps to give an idea of what the workshop entails…
First you must heat the metal in order to make it malleable. After it’s cooled, you’ll hammer the flat metal into a circle to the correct ring size on a mandrel and then saw off any excess metal. You’ll file off to make the edges that will join straight and then solder them together to make the band. You’ll let it cool and pop it into what they call the pickle – this cleans any oxidisation, dirt, or flux from the metal. Next you will file the solder flat, plus the edges of the band to soften them and do some extra filing on the inside edges. You’ll then work through the sandpaper grades, wrapped round the file to smooth the metal and finally polish.
The master jeweller will take you step-by-step through the entire experience and you will end up with something you are extremely proud of.
Tip: You can add a different texture to the metal by using a hammer to add lots of dents into the metal, this is called ‘hammering’.
If this sounds like something you fancy doing, then check out emma-leonard.co.uk for more details.
Ask Claire… Our DIY wedding articles are written by the lovely and very talented, Claire. Claire is a graphic designer who created an array of beautiful handmade wedding decorations and props for her own wedding at Sopley Mill near Christchurch in 2015. If you fancy any of the items on our DIY weddings page but haven’t got time to make them yourself, you can contact Claire by emailing email@example.com and she can make them for you!