Since I worked an 18 hour day yesterday, no progress pics. So- a process post! Here’s basically every tool I use for rings, minus materials and the sockets/dowels for rolling. I grind down and sharpen Allen keys to use as mini parting tools to make my inlay channels.
Since I don’t have a metal lathe, everything is done by hand, everything. I roll the bentwood ring frame/core, and use my square cutter to take off the run out and square/set the width, leaving enough material to size the inside and make an inlay channel. Then I switch to outer grip on the ring, hand sand and shape to just a hair over proper size. That leaves just enough CA to get a super glossy and comfy inside of the ring. Now it goes back on the mandrel. I use some Teflon or electrical tape (depending on size) on top of the mandrel to protect the now finished inside of the ring. I trim down the outer to just over 1/10th of an inch, and start cutting the inlay channel. The channel is all done by feel and eyeball; I measure to the middle of the ring, approximate my channel width, and mark it. I start my cut in the middle and work my way out toward the edge. Once the width is about correct, I start adjusting depth of the channel- just a little deeper than my inlay material (comics, wood, stones, etc.) to minimize CA buildup and possible errors. Then it’s on to more hand sanding and shaping the outer; I counter the edges for comfort and sand down excessive CA. Then it’s wet sanding from 600 through 12000 grit. Two polishing steps- satin and gloss. Quick buff with a soft microfiber towel, and BLAMO a one of a kind ring...as long as nothing goes wrong in any of those steps
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