Can you share thoughts, tips on bending heavy ring stock? I never seem to be able to get both ends to meet. I’m using low domed stock. Thanks in advance
here is a technique you might like to try…from Andrew Berry’s youtube channel…
here is his original video on making rings…
You don’t mention what metal you are working in. Silver is fairly easy to bend/hammer into alignment to solder. After using one of the many charts that tell you how long a piece of stock to cut for the thickness and size that you want, I add a small bit to account for the loss due to filing and possibly resizing. Regardless, you need to be ready to do it all over again. For lighter stock I actually just form the ring and then place it over a two sided equaling file and move it up and down so that both ends are filed at the same time. More importantly, they have the same orientation. This doesn’t work for thicker stock. Geometry gets in the way. How ever you get the ends together, then saw the joint with a fine blade holding whatever tension you can on the joint without binding the blade. The saw then acts like a file. You can even just solder the joint without a lot of fitting knowing that you will saw it again with a fine saw blade and then re-solder the joint. Gold, especially white gold is another story. It is far more rigid (not sure what the correct metallurgical term is) than silver and just a real wrestling match for thicker stock. I don’t make a lot of rings anymore. It seems that they are never the right size. When I do there are several fittings needed to make sure that they fit. I do have a Durston ring bender that works well. Pepe also makes one. I use it a lot to bend metal even if it isn’t going to be a ring. There are also adapters that you can make or buy if you have a hydraulic press that will help you bend heavy ring stock. Others may reply with more ideas.Good luck…Rob
Thank you for the videos and additional insight. I learned by trial and several errors. This was a great help for me. Thanks.