Updated: Nov 29, 2022
This is a tutorial for making an adjustable ring using Metal Maven's Hug Ring Jewelry Component Blank:
Purchase one of our Hug Ring Jewelry Components Blanks:
Shape and Sand Your Piece:
Our Hug Ring blanks are made from 16 gauge sterling silver. If you want to add more shape to the fingers and arms use a Jeweler's file to shape before sanding. Then use 1000 grit fine grain sandpaper or 240 grit fine grain nail salon buffing block to sand the surface and smooth the edges.
This is what the fingers and sides will look like when you receive your blank.
This shows what the fingers will look like after shaping with a file and sandpaper or buffing block.
This shows the whole blank after shaping and sanding the edges and the surface. To smooth the edges even more you can use a scratch eraser disc on a Jool Tool if you have one.
Forming The Hug Ring:
Metal Maven used a Pepe Ring Bender to form the hug ring. She held the blank at a slight angle as she formed it so that the hands would not overlap.
Please note that there is a top and bottom side to each Hug Ring. The fingers are a bit narrower on the top side so you will want to sand the tops of the fingers on the narrower side and form the rings with the narrower side on the outside of the ring.
This is the formed ring. The 3-1/4" long blank creates a size 10 ring and works well for a thumb ring. Other sizes are available.
Tumble Your Piece:
After forming, you can use a rotary tumbler with steel shot, water, and a drop of Dawn to put a nice finish on your ring. If you want a higher polish, you can buff it with a polishing machine or hand polish using a Sunshine Polishing Cloth.
Here is the final piece.