Knot Ring Tutorial

My dad has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years, he has seen a lot of jewelry styles come and go, and there has been one ring that has stood the test of time, and proven to be a top seller from the beginning of its existence  now, and I predict it will continue to be popular, introducing the Knot Ring.

Knot Ring yeah!

 

This lovely ring can be made in Rose Gold

Rose Gold Knot Ring

14K Gold Filled

Knot Ring - 14K Yellow Gold-filled

And of course Sterling Silver

Knot Ring - Sterling Silver

Here is a step by step tutorial by my incredible mom:

Explanation of Shop Tools used:

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. Shears 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 (flux) 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.

Before the soldering even begins, you will first need a soldering board to protect your surface.  Torch something to light the torch with like these.  Now you may begin the soldering process.

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 how we make and clean the rings from start to finish.

Ring from start to finish – the cleaning process

There are other ways to complete a ring without a torch, by creating a fun way to twist the wire, Designed by Lei has several rings that are not soldered, but still look wonderful.

Have fun making the knot ring!

 

Tales of the Shop:

There are six siblings in my wonderful family, four girls and two boys, and we are all married, except for the youngest, whom I lovingly refer to as the Baben, Hunnard, and Oh Ang, her name is Lisa, so I don’t know how she got all those nicknames… But she truly is a gem, and the lucky one who gets her!  Why do I bring up marriage during the knot ring tutorial?  Because Tying the Knot seems to fit in quite nicely with this lovely ring:)

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12 thoughts on “Knot Ring Tutorial

  • March 14, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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    I’ve re-pinned your pin on Pinterest – this is such a lovely ring, simple, yet elegant too! Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    • March 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm
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      Thank you for featuring us, what an honor!

  • March 8, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    I see why it is a top seller, simple yet elegant and makes a clear statement. Nice to see how it was made.

    • March 9, 2016 at 9:12 am
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      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to see how it is made! Went to your blog, and you are a world traveler! What an exciting life!!!!!!!!

    • March 9, 2016 at 9:13 am
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      Thank you for stopping by! Your blog is the cutest, I am now following you. When you make cupcake campfires, how could I not?

  • March 3, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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    very cute! I like the rose gold one 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

    • March 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm
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      This Rose Gold phenomenon is wonderful, because it is the prettiest gold color of all time. It adds such a sparkle doesn’t it! Thanks for your wonderful Blog Hop!

  • March 2, 2016 at 11:38 pm
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    I like how simple it looks, not much bling to it, yet so classic as well! I’m not much of a ring person, they bother me during the day, but I do wear them sometimes. This one though I think I’d love to wear every day, it looks like it wouldn’t bother on my hand at all 😉 It’s lovely!

    • March 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm
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      You know what I am not much of a ring person at all! Which is funny coming from a jewelry family…but that is just how it goes! But I will wear the knot ring, because it is so light, I cannot tell it is on my hand, which is the kind of jewelry I can tolerate! If something is too heavy, I have to take it off, because it bothers me so much!

  • March 2, 2016 at 11:03 am
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    The rings are gorgeous I love the simplicity off them – thank you for sharing on Pin Worthy Wednesday

    • March 3, 2016 at 10:28 pm
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      Thank you for stopping by. I agree with the knot ring, I think because it is simple it is gorgeous. The knot ring definitely goes with the less is more theme:)

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