I’m looking for advice how to bend a 4 mm square sterling silver rod
into a ring shank?
I’m hammering the end of an annealed rod around an anvil to form a
circle about 17 mm ID. For this I use a plastic hammer.
Then I put a 17 mm bolt through the hole and fasten it in a vise and
then I draw the wire around the bolt to get a large spring.
Since the rod tend to twist I have to forge the shank flat.
To get a good seam I have remove a lot of material and therefore
it’s a bit difficult to predict the final ring size.
Is there better ways to bend heavy dimensions in a controlled way
that does not mar the metal? I can’t invest in machinery right now.
Thanks for any enlightenment,
Eva Nedergard, Atelje 54