I am a rank beginner, who is loving learning the basics in night
class. I have set up a bench and some basic tools in my spare
bedroom, and want to practice at home, making / finishing items I
have kicked off in class. Last term I made a forged square men’s
wedder (in silver), and want to make another as a gift for a family
member, which leads me to a couple of questions…
is there benefit in forging (hammering up to size and shape on a
ring mandrel, then filing to refine the square shape) v/s carving in
wax and (sending out for) casting?
if forging, then:
2a) how many sizes down from finished size should I start at, Ie: if
I want to forge up to ring size Q (8 1/4), do I start at, say… N
(6 3/4) or smaller / larger?
2b) If I want the finished width of the band to be approx 6mm
(0.24") wide, and thick enough to provide for the filing and
shaping, how do I figure out what thickness / length silver bar I
should start with to get there?
Thanking any who respond in advance,