My Mom knows how to make an amazing Knot ring. And while I watched the youube video, I was also impressed with how fast she can do them as well. The Knot ring requires a lot of hand and arm strength, because bending wire is a tough task.
Here is the Knot Ring Youtube video.
Explanation of Shop Tools used.
I would like to tell you about the shop tools. The wire is 20 Gauge sterling silver, and 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. When you release the wire, you put the knot wire onto the mandrel to check the sizing and to round the wire. Special scissors are used to cut through the wire. Now those scissors 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 when you put too much heat on it, is it acceptable? No it is not! Have we done it, every now and then? Yes, but it is a sad moment when it happens.
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 cleaning process will be covered in another post. And that is how a Knot ring is completed.
The winner of the Pearl Ring is Chelsea Pickup her comment was, “I would love to see more tutorials like this one. I am not talented enough to do this, but I found it so awesome to see!” Thank you for all those who participated in the Giveaway. It was fun to get to know all of you!
Also to continue the celebration of the Pearl. For the month of October if you put in the promo code pearl, you will get $5.00 off of your purchase.
Tales of the Shop
The question that I asked my family was, “Who is your favorite tennis player?”
Dad – Sampras and Federer – Sampras because he was on top for so long, and Federer because of his smoothness on the court.
Mom – Henin for girls and Sampras for the men
Collette -”Pete Sampras all the way!! He could’be rocked any sport and he was a blessing to all that he chose to rock tennis! Made me love the sport even more!”
Angela – “Roger Federer is the best. He has broken so many records. He doesn’t even need a coach most of the time, because lets be honest, who can improve his perfectness. You think he is down and out, and then he wins another Grand Slam, which lets you know he is the greatest of all time.”
Nicole – “Djok (Djokovich) is the favoirte because he can cover the entire court, plays like a Serbian Panther and fist pumps more than Tiger Woods.”
Thomas- “I believe that Sampras may have beaten the Fed in an exhibition match which may make him the best of all time and my fave:)”
Daniel – “Definatly Andy Murray Ang! Love his game and he has the prettiest backhand on the tour! Plus, he beat Federer at the Olympics:)”
Lisa – “Rafa Nadal. Because he has absolutely changed tennis. And was the first challenge to Roger Federer, which makes him one of the greats in tennis of all time.”