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Full circle jade ring tutorial
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:00:18 AM »

You asked for it so here it is. The highly scientific method for making rings out of stone.

First I drill a hole in a thick (1/4 to 3/8 inch) slab the size of the ring that I want to make. 11/16" for a size 7 and 13/16" for size 12. I will be making other sizes when I replace the hole saws that I destroyed drilling agate. In the past I drilled the entire slab, cut around the holes with my trim saw then ground the blanks to where they were close to round by hand. I am switching to drilling the ring size hole then taking a much larger hole saw and drilling the outside of the blank. The slab has to be clamped down in some way so when you change to the larger hole saw nothing moves. The slightest movement would make the ring thicker on one side.

The slab clamped in the drill press clamp. My biggest worry here is that the slab will crumble when it gets full of holes.

I have switched to the slab clamped to a brick that is in the tub of water. The clamp will still work if it is easier for you.


I turned the column on the base and lag screwed the base to the table so I would have the room under the drill press table for the clamp


This is my super scientific ring dop stick. Until I came up with this little jewel my rings were pretty uneven. I used small drum sanders to make a holder for the rings so they could be worked on my grinder/polisher.


I spin the drum sander against a file to get it the right size. It is a lot of trial and error a little at a time until the ring slides on the rubber tight enough to hold it from spinning. The good thing is that if you go just a little to far you can tighten it up by turning the nut, It is important to brace the file in such a way that it does not bounce. Because if it bounces you will get a holder that is off center and the ring will be wobbling like crazy. This is the toughest part of the super duper ring dop. I just happened to think that it may be easier to chuck up the drum sander in the drill press and file it down there.


I use the same polishing pads that I use on my cab polishing machine but now the ring is spinning and the pad is in my hand. I place the ring right at the top of the water. The spinning ring sucks up the water for some reason so it is not necessary to place it under the water where you can not see it. Moving to the drill press from the polishing machine has freed up one hand and made it a lot easier to smoke my cigars without getting smoke in my eyes and has there for increased production by two.


Once the ring is polished I file the sharp inside edge of the ring with a fine diamond file.


There you have it folks, my super scientific ring process. Now do not tell anyone about this super scientific process because it is a super scientific secret and I do not want it to get into the hands of the enemy who could flood the market and ruin our business of making super duper rings for the unsuspecting public. I hope this helps anyone that is interested in making rings and I would like to see your results. If anyone has any ideas that may help please let me know. Questions are welcome and I will try to answer them if it is not beyond my brain power.

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Jim

Through an awesome trade with Mel I acquired some beautiful jade. I needed the boost to get started making rings again since the Wyoming nephrite was not enough incentive to get me set up again. Some of you may remember the rings that I made out of agate and jasper which I gave up on because of serious breakage problems. The jade and nephrite solved the problem because it is very tough and will stand up to some serious abuse. All of them will be signed and numbered. (Mel has JB-1 which is the first nephrite ring that I made)

I am not 100 percent sure that these are nephrite but the specific gravity and hardness are a pretty good indication that they are indeed nephrite.


These are jade from Mel and the photos do not do them justice. They turned out ten times better than I expected and I would put them up against just about any jade ring that I saw in China. Well, except for the dust. lol  With and without flash. The color is somewhere in the middle of the two.



This is dendritic jade also from Mel. It has been a bugger to polish and it still needs some work. I may have to polish it by hand. He said that it is rare so I made one for me and a couple for my son and daughter. There was also enough left over from the slab to make two cabs and they will be kept in the family also.


I have acquired several different jades and have started experimenting with two and three layer rings. (intarsia maybe)




Still making singles

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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial second try
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2014, 02:03:06 PM »

your handy dandy ring dop is a thing of beauty :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :occasion14:
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 03:25:32 PM »

Awesome Jim!   :blob1:    I got rid of the other tutorial since it was missing pictures and edited the topic of this one for you.
Sorry for all the problems.   :sad5:
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2014, 07:53:32 AM »

Jim
Have you tried using a straight sided  diamond burr in your drill press to bevel the inside edge of the rings? I have a water drip tube dripping on the burr and hold the ring in my fingers while I do the bevel; works for me anyways. :) The ones I use have a 1/4" shaft so are quite strong.
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2014, 05:58:15 PM »

Wonderful, thank you .These can be more than a bit of work to put together and one always has to remember the massive amount of experience that is behind a tutorial such as this. The drum idea is plain brilliant!
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2014, 06:16:07 PM »

Thanks Jim for the tutorial . As said by Frank and Lloyd damn smart idea using the drum sander as a holder.

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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2014, 06:15:18 AM »

Thanks for the great compliments, they make me really warm and fuzzy inside.

My favorite thing to do is come up with ideas to make things or improve on old methods. While I was in China I noticed that half the people wore jade rings and the markets are full of them. I did not see how they were made but figured they must have a way to mass produce them or have a way that is much faster than hand carving them. I had been using a drum sander to clean up the inside of some rings and when one stuck inside the ring and spun it the idea hit me. A little experimenting and bingo.

I have since started using my rotary tool and diamond burrs to clean up and round the inside of the rings but have not taken the time to change the tutorial. I do most of them dry unless I have to remove a lot of stone and if that is necessary I work at the water level of a tub of water with a dipping action. I have the extra drill press so I will try Lloyd's method because I have a sprayer drip system that I can move anywhere I need it. I have some of those 1/4" shank burrs so I am pretty much set up already.

If someone tries this and has questions just ask away. I don't mind helping out.
Jim
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2014, 07:18:28 AM »

 I have the extra drill press
I have found the drill press to be an invaluable tool for working stone for everything from slabbing/trimming small pieces with a small; 4" diamond blade mounted in the chuck to carving using a diamond burr, and cutting slots for wire wrap around the edges of cabs using a diamond blade. It's my "go to" tool for a lot of stuff :headbang:
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2014, 08:56:52 AM »

Awesome tutorial, friend  :blob1:
Thank you~!!
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2014, 01:52:37 PM »

I have the extra drill press
I have found the drill press to be an invaluable tool for working stone for everything from slabbing/trimming small pieces with a small; 4" diamond blade mounted in the chuck to carving using a diamond burr, and cutting slots for wire wrap around the edges of cabs using a diamond blade. It's my "go to" tool for a lot of stuff :headbang:

My sentiments exactly. If I did not have my drill presses I would be extremely limited in what I can do with rocks and probably give it up all together.
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Re: Full circle jade ring tutorial
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2014, 07:24:24 PM »

Hmmmm.....  I wonder if hubby will let me try this on his Bridgeport...
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