Two years ago, Nicole had this great idea to get together to sell and share our knowledge of jewelry via Etsy and the Hoops by Hand blog. Unfortunately we did not sell many items of jewelry for a year and three months.
We were discouraged, but we enjoyed what we were doing, and knew that it would be all right. So we just kept pressing forward.
Then Nicole decided to sell the knot ring in our Etsy Shop, and then something amazing happened, people started buying them:)
I remember crossing into the Canadian border and getting the exciting news that we were finally selling some jewelry and that amazing piece of jewelry was the knot ring. I cannot tell you how excited we all were and how much we LOVE the knot ring.
To celebrate Easter coming up, we are doing a special from April 14- April 20. When you buy any item in our Etsy shop, you get a knot ring for free. Just put in the note section when you are in checkout “free knot Easter” and include your ring size.
Here is the Knot Ring Youtube video.
Explanation of Shop Tools used.
20 gauge Sterling Silver Wire - Measure the wire out at according to the size of your of your finger, you will need extra wire to make the knot in the ring, so I would start out on practice copper or wire that you do not care about and figure out your size, I would start out at 8 inches and then go from there:)
We have a kit for sale that contains both copper wire for practice and tumbled sterling silver when you are ready to make the ring.
My mom attaches the wire to a Vice. It is important to put the wire in the vice to get a nice hold on the wire to be able to create the Knot Ring.
The pliers used have rubber on them to have enough grip to help my mom pull the wire through.
Put the knot wire onto the mandrel to check the sizing and to round the wire.
Wire cutters are used to cut through the wire. The scissors that my mom uses, are very sharp and should be treated with respect, because if not, accidents may occur. (We will not go into any details of that at this time.)
Flat head pliers are then used to bend the wire to match the ends. These flat head pliers are a must for matching any ring. The matching of the ring is so important because who wants a ring that isn’t seamless? (No one!)
My mom puts a protective spray on the ring, to help the wire so it doesn’t melt. Yes silver does melt into a little ball when you put too much heat on it. Have we done it, every now and then? Yes…
Which leads into Soldering this is the biggest honor that can be bestowed upon you in the shop. Because not only have you been entrusted that you can work with fire and not burn the house down. You have advanced into another realm of jewelership that lets you learn so many new and fun designs. There have been times that we have been banned from soldering because certain things should not be burned like pennies. But my parents are patient and always let us solder again after we realize our wrong.
Sterling Silver Solder is used to combine the ends of the wire. You once again pound the knot ring round and to the correct size.
Is the ring done? No it is not. We then have the knot ring cleaned. This youtube video shows the process of the a ring being made from start to finish, and includes the tumbling which is how we get the ring clean.
You will do an awesome job making the knot ring, if you do not have a torch or solder, there are some creative ways you can finish the ring, like this.
Tales of the Shop
From left to right – Collette, Angela, Nicole, Thomas, Daniel and Lisa
The Hoops by Hand Clan is wishing you a Fantastic Easter!
To celebrate Easter while growing up was go to church, have an amazing meal to eat and one day during the weekend have an Easter Egg Hunt.