Adjustable Chevron Ring Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.

Adjustable chevron ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg.

Adjustable chevron ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg.

This chevron ring is quick to make from a small piece of sheet metal.

The underside of the ring is adjustable to fit a range of finger sizes:

Adjustable Chevron Ring Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Underside of adjustable chevron ring by Rena Klingenberg.

I’ve left my ring plain, but you could embellish yours with metal stamping, oxidizing / patina treatment, hammering, texturing, etc.

Brass chevron ring by Rena Klingenberg

Let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • A piece of metal sheet – 22 or 24 gauge (I used 24 gauge brass), that measures at least 2.25″ x 0.75″ (5.72 cm x 1.9 cm).
     
    Most jewelry suppliers that carry metalworking stuff carry sheet metal. I got mine online from Monsterslayer.com.
  • Ruler.
  • Ultra-thin Sharpie marker.
  • Jeweler’s saw or tin snips (tin snips are scissors that cut metal – you can get these pretty inexpensively at a hardware or home improvement store). I used tin snips.
  • #0000 steel wool – a small piece.
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer for flattening and hammer-hardening your copper.
  • Ring mandrel (or dowel, PVC pipe, or other sturdy cylindrical object that’s about the diameter of your finger).

Adjustable brass chevron ring by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make an Adjustable Chevron Ring:

First, on a piece of scratch paper draw a pattern for your ring design.

My finished piece is U.S. ring size 7 (but is adjustable to fit slightly smaller or larger finger sizes) – and my ring design is 2.25″ long x 0.75″ high (5.72 x 1.9 cm):

chevron-ring-pattern

Now get out a piece of sheet metal that’s at least the size of your pattern:

chevron-ring-brass-sheet

Cut out your paper pattern and place it on your metal.

If possible, use an existing straight edge of your metal for one of your ring edges, so you’ll need to do less cutting.

Now use a fine-tip sharpie marker to trace your paper pattern onto your metal:

chevron-ring-trace-pattern

Now your metal should look something like this:

chevron-ring-transferred-pattern

Now use your jeweler’s saw or tin snips to cut out your metal shape.

Caution: The edges of your sheet metal are as sharp as a knife. Be very careful not to cut yourself!

chevron-ring-cutting-brass

When you’re finished cutting, your metal shape should look like this:

chevron-ring-raw-shape

Every corner on your metal cutout is extremely sharp, so use your tin snips or jeweler’s saw to round off each corner.

Now your metal should look like this:

chevron-ring-rounded-edges

Now let’s smooth off the sharp edges all the way around your piece of metal, so the finished ring will be safe and comfortable to wear.

Take a small piece of #0000 steel wool and fold it over one of the edges of your metal.

Use the steel wool to sand and smooth every edge and corner of your piece of metal. Continue sanding until every edge is completely smooth and couldn’t possibly cut anyone.

Also use your steel wool to smooth and buff the two flat surfaces of your metal (front and back):

chevron-ring-steel-wool

Now your metal should look like this (the steel wool also removed your Sharpie marks from the edges):

chevron-ring-after-polishing

It’s time to shape your piece of metal into a ring.

Place your metal piece on your ring mandrel (or PVC pipe, dowel, etc.) – with your thumb holding the center of the ring firmly against the mandrel:

chevron-ring-mandrel

Now use the thumb and fingers of your other hand to wrap the ring around the mandrel:

chevron-ring-wrap-around-mandrel

Holding the ring tightly in place around the mandrel, use your nylon or rawhide hammer to pound your ring into shape all around the mandrel.

Hammer every part of the ring to harden it into the shape you’re holding it in on the mandrel:

Hammering chevron ring

Be sure to do a thorough job of hammering the ends of your ring too:

chevron-ring-hammer-back-of-ring

And your ring is done!

Adjustable chevron ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Adjustable chevron ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Inside view of chevron ring (it reminds me of a bat!).

Adjustable chevron ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Adjustable chevron ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Love your ring, Rena! I like the bold, clean design and the brass metal looks awesome. I had created a somewhat similar (although asymmetrical) ring out of a piece of heavy gauge sterling silver that had once been a really ugly pin. Perhaps I post a photo of it. I’ll be pinning and sharing your great tutorial.

  2. Thank you, Zoraida! :) I like bold, simple designs and although I originally intended to do a patina on this ring, I think it’s better brushed and shiny.

    I’d love to see your silver ring made from the pin – it sounds like an interesting project!

  3. Excellent tutorial – will share! I too love bold and clean designs!

  4. Thanks so much, Pearl! I appreciate it. :)

  5. Hi, Rena! Love the tutorials you’ve been posting lately. Their visual and print clarity are really encouraging to everyone to try something new. I’ve never cut sheet metal, but this chevron ring might be just the incentive for me to get going.

  6. Thank you, Lynda! With as much experimentation as you’ve done with other jewelry elements, you’ll have no trouble cutting and shaping sheet metal. I like using tin snips for the cutting – it’s just like a heavy-duty version of cutting paper with scissors! :)

  7. Another great tutorial. Thank you for sharing it with us at TTF.

  8. Too neat! I love it!

  9. So cute! You are so talented!

  10. Very impressive! I would love to own this ring! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

  11. This is gorgeous! Wish I had one of these rings! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

  12. Gourgeous tutorial and SO brilliant idea! It’s looks like a million :-) from above I’m thinking it looks like a heart, perfect for valentines day. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  13. Fantástico. Bonito y de lo más elegante.
    Vengo del blog de Karen y es una alegría compartir nuestros proyectos.
    Abrazos

  14. Thanks so much for sharing your creative project with us! Visit us again next showcase next week!

    Have a good week,
    Susie@Bowdabra

  15. Always wondered how to smooth the edges! I imagine this can be done with soda cans, too? Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Great job! So pretty!

  17. Very simple and pretty! Thanks for sharing at A Humble Creation! I’ve never worked with jewelry before, but with your instructions it looks like even I could do it!

  18. Rena,
    I love the ring. Great tutorial.
    Debi

  19. Too elegant!!! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  20. Beautiful ring! I love the chevron shape. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  21. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch

  22. You know you are starting me to be brave enough (soon) to start tinkering with metal in my handmade jewelry. You make it sound all so do-able. This heart ring again is sooo sweet!

  23. gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  24. I wish you had taken a picture of you wearing this ring because I think it would look amazing on. :D Love your style. Thanks for sharing.
    p

  25. What a great piece of jewelry! Thank you for showing this off at Whimsy Wednesday!

    Kelly from Smart School House

  26. Very interesting. I like the industrial look. Thanks for sharing.

  27. great. I only have a plastic ring mandrel so I am always afraid to hammer sheet metal rings on it. Is it ok to do so?

  28. Hi Divya! I have never used a plastic ring mandrel, so I’m sorry I have no idea how sturdy it would be under hammering.

    But you can always use something else as a ring mandrel – depending on your finger size, you might use a dowel, PVC pipe, Sharpie pen, or any sturdy cylinder that’s a similar size to your finger.

    And since this ring is adjustable, your mandrel doesn’t have to be the exact same size as your finger. After hammering your ring into shape, it can expand or contract nicely to fit your finger comfortably! :)

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