Everything you need to know about ring forging!
The manufacture of seamless forged rings is often accomplished using a process known as ring rolling in rolling mills. These mills vary in size to supply forged rings with outside diameters from a couple of inches to over 300 inches and weights from one pound to over 300,000 pounds.
Forging may be a metalworking technique that has been used for hundreds of years. Traditionally, it was used to craft a wide range of different equipment, from weapons to architectural infrastructure. But it’s also a traditional form of jewelry making that is used to make rings, brooches, and pendants. Would you like to try this historic method?
One of the best ways to try is to start with a ring. Then, you will learn how to forge a ring, what tools are needed for the process, and much more.
Simply put, ring forging is a traditional type of jewelry making that involves heating and hammering the metal until it is the desired shape and size of a ring. This also includes the annealing process, in which the metal used is heated to a certain temperature to make it more malleable and easier to work with. Discover this artisanal jewelry making technique on the blog.
In traditional jewelry workshops, ring forging is still used today. However, it is much less widely practiced. This technique is a great way for beginners to try out metal construction as the process is fairly straightforward and doesn’t require a long list of tools. Would you like to try? We’ll show you how to forge a ring and the steps involved so you can try it on from home.
Tools and equipment for forging a ring.
A heavy hammer with Kugelpein / Kreuzpein
Wet and dry sandpaper
Measurement. The first step in ring forging is to measure the length of the round wire to determine your ring size. For more information, see our jewelers ring size guide.
Thinning of the metal. Place one end of the metal on the flat surface of the anvil and hold the other side in place. Likewise, use the flat side of your ball or cross hammer and strike the coin slowly moving away from your body. Then rotate the metal so you can do the same on the other side until the metal has thinned out.
Repeat in the back. Then just repeat the previous step but on the other side of the metal. Measure with a ruler often, the thinner the metal the longer it will be. As the end of this step nears, the metal at the ends should taper inward, while the metal in the middle should be the same width.
Decipher the shape. Now is the time to decide on the shape of your design. If you want a rounded look, anneal the metal and put it back on the anvil. Then grab your ball hammer and strike the metal while simultaneously rolling the hammer across the surface. This will help smooth the edges and possibly round them off.
Shape the metal. Once you have annealed the metal again, you are ready to begin shaping. To do this, hold one end of the metal and place the other on the round trip of the anvil. Hammer until it forms a curve roughly in the middle and repeats on opposite sides until the ends meet or start to overlap.
Complete the play. Once the ring shape is formed, cut the edges with your jigsaw or file, then weld. Then place the ring on the mandrel and hit it with your ball hammer to round it. Once you are done, you can continue to file the ring until it is smooth, and if desired, use wet and dry sandpaper for a glossy finish.
And so a ring is forged at home! If you want to use a certain type of metal and are wondering how to forge a gold ring or how to forge a steel ring, you will be happy to know the process is the same! Just configure it with the right type of solder for a smooth, professional look.