How to Make an Armor Ring

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Armor rings are made from metal and are designed to cover a large portion of the finger. Such jewelry is a throwback to medieval times, when armor was worn on various parts of the body. Wearing an armor ring gives you an artistic look, and when you make it yourself you can avoid the high cost of buying your ring from a retailer.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 8 mil copper sheet, 6 inches by 6 inches
  • Scissors
  • Metal punches or other tools
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Adjustable copper ring
  • Craft glue
  • Place a ruler against your finger, setting the edge of the ruler at the finger's base. Measure the length that you want the armor ring to cover on the finger. A traditional armor ring spans from the base of the finger and covers the middle knuckle. Document the length in inches. An appropriate distance for an armor ring could be 2 inches long, depending on the length of your finger.

  • Mark the length on the copper sheet with a pencil. Determine a suitable width for the armor ring, such as 1 inch across. Mark this on the copper sheet, too. You will cut the copper on the markings.

  • Cut out the shape of the armor ring on the copper sheet with scissors. Regular scissors are strong enough to cut through 8 mil copper sheets, with some applied pressure.

  • Mold the ring to a new shape if you don't want to keep it as a rectangle. You can curve the top and bottom of the ring by carving it with the scissors. You can create a point at the top of the ring by cutting an upside-down V.

  • Create designs in the armor ring using metal punches or other tools. Punches create holes in the metal. Other tools include embossing devices, which you can use to create three-dimensional designs on the copper sheet.

  • Hold the needle-nose pliers in your dominant hand. Use them to mold the two long edges of the ring downward so that it hugs the finger. The armor ring will look as if it has a slight dome effect.

  • Glue the underside of the copper sheet to an adjustable copper ring. Set the ring toward the bottom of the copper sheet, but not at the very bottom, or else the ring will not sit correctly on the finger. Allow the ring to dry overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Copper rings are used as bases for more elaborate rings and can be adjusted in size to fit the finger of the person wearing the ring. Purchase an adjustable copper ring from a craft store.

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