Torch Fear to Torch Adoration – Fabricating Rings

by Diana White.
(United States)

Torch Fear to Torch Adoration - Fabricating Rings by Diana White  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

London Blue Topaz in Scalloped Bezel Setting

It has been quite some time since I posted here to JMJ, not because I haven’t been making, but because I’ve been so busy between working my full-time career and handling custom orders through my shop, that I’ve had less time than I’d like to make new designs.

A couple of years ago I took a basic soldering class at RioGrande, and this past year I took a ring fabrication class through an adult continuing education class at a community college in Wisconsin.

Torch Fear to Torch Adoration - Fabricating Rings by Diana White  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Sterling Teardrop Shaped Pinky or Toe Ring

Through both of those experiences, having superb instructors, I was able to get past my phobia of using torches more powerful than the simple hand held butane torches.

And, I’m thrilled with some of the results. I am also quite enjoying using rotary tools, Grobet and my portable Foredom to speed up some of the finishing tasks.

Torch Fear to Torch Adoration - Fabricating Rings by Diana White  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Reclaimed Gold from an old 14kt Single Earring Nugget Ring on Sterling Hand Fabricated Shank

If you, also, are having a bit of torch fear, then I highly recommend finding a workshop or two.

Structured classes, can give you a bit of scaffolding to experiment with fire and other jewelry making techniques without a big investment in tools and equipment before you feel ready to use them.

Torch Fear to Torch Adoration - Fabricating Rings by Diana White  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Recycled Gold on Sterling Modern Design Ring, Brush finished Shank and High Polished Focal

Diana White
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  • Anne says:

    Those are beautiful, Diana! What kind of torch do you use for that technique?

  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    Gorgeous ring and photography, Diana! Thank you for sharing your journey of torch work.

  • Paula Trehey says:

    I have the same fear. And I haven’t gotten over mine.

  • Linda says:

    What college in Wisconsin? I am looking for classes. I love your rings!

  • Lynda says:

    So nice to see you posting here again! These rings are unique and inspire me to take the next step with my torch. Thanks!

  • Alysen says:

    Absolutely right about the torches. I took a class and she taught us to use an acetylene/oxygen torch. So different from butane or propane. But at my sister’s house where I’m staying right now (momcare) I wouldn’t think of using anything but my butane. I did buy a Blazer Big Shot and the flame is super Big. I use it for copper or larger pieces and it works wonderfully. Oh, btw, I love your scalloped bezel!

  • Diana White says:

    At school Oxygen/Acetylene. At home I’m using either propane or MAPP gas tanks with a plumber’s hose/nozzle attachment along with my small butane torches too.

    Eventually, I’ll spring for the dual tank oxy acetylene with Smith little torch setup.

  • Diana White says:

    Thank you for the kind words about my rings and the photos. I would be lost without my light box.

  • Diana White says:

    Madison Area Technical College. Also known as Madison College.

  • Diana White says:

    Yay! Very glad to hear it.

  • Diana White says:

    Thank you. I’m definitely liking the scallop bezel wire too. Better than the more spiky versions, though I’ve used those too.

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