Rick - I have no ring mandrel, and I can’t buy anything significant
anymore due to the cost of health insurance and recent medical
I have to jury rig where I can, with as a starting point have to use
the gifts everyone from this group gave me in 2010 - the dapping rods
were the closest thing that worked.
Alberic - I had been an engineer once upon a time, my dad was a
doctor, my mother was a socialite. Both my brothers became
I chose silversmithing as a way of utilitizing transferrable
engineering skills once I became unemployable.
I admired jewelry store windows as a child and wanted to make those,
but my mother did not consider it a “respectable” profession worth
her Jewish son to indulge in. My sister was an awesome singer and
wanted to be an actress, but my mother’s pressure against that drove
her to suicide in the belief that being an actress was a polite name
for. something else.
I was barely allowed to avoid having to become a doctor - I convinced
my dad I was not meant for the field simply by pointing out that
while I had no trouble knowing how to reboot a computer after I
crashed it, there’d be no such guarantees involving a human being -)
Upon hearing that, he let me be an engineer instead.
As for fine silver, yes, it is soft - that said, someone told me
that properly work hardened fine silver is about as hard as aluminum,
and that someone was absolutely right. It’s “good enough” for any
small work with sufficient thickness such as these rings - the
square-cube law seems to be working on my wide. These rings may
scratch during wear, but they will not bend.
I’ve instructed the couple that these rings are NOT meant for
everyday wear and will not stand up to chores. They are meant for
semi-formal events, such as dating or church or going to a cocktail
I chose fine silver because it was the easiest metal for me to work
with on short notice. I’m still learning how to deal with sterling.
M’lou, David - Thank you both.
Charles - I thought I’d put pictures up so you could see.
Others - Yes, I agree, it seems that just being myself as an amateur
and giving this away may have be the way to go. I will never earn a
living at this, and I wouldn’t want to try, because the pressure of
either working for myself or others would only send me back to the
hospital again. The most I can ever hope for might be to earn enough
to make this a self-sustaining hobby.
Andrew Jonathan Fine