I'm looking for a way to create a metal ring without using any machine or drill. I'd like to use cheap, simple tools. I found two ways for creating it, and they are very simple but it seems like machines are required.

  1. Coin-ring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEN-iqMlB3Q
  2. Nut-ring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mx76zjFQe0

I'd like you to tell me can I do the same thing without using machines or a drill. I'd like to use only simple and cheap tools.

If there is another simple way to create it, I'd love to hear it too.


  • What is your source of metal? If you have a strip of metal or a wire of a thickness which is usable, you do not need more than a dowel and a saw. – Willeke Jul 29 '17 at 17:19
  • Thank you for your reply. I'd use something common and cheap. Wire is to thin I'd say. I was amazed with cheap stuff such as coin or a nut – Djordje Vujicic Jul 29 '17 at 17:34

What do you need?
You can make rings out of all metal that can be bend by hand and all that can be hammered into shape.
Wire comes in many sizes. Unless you have a hobby involving metal wire, you will likely not stock it. But a good metal shop will have a few kinds and can often order more for you.

No tools to bend:
The 'easy' way is to have wire which is very soft, the disadvantage is that it will not hold shape will when you have your ring. Hammering and heat/cold treathment will improve that but it is an extra lot of work.

Clamps needed. For a cheap and easy ring, get metal that can not be bend easily, get a wooden dowel (or a round metal bar) and fix that into a clamp on a workbench. Also clamp one end of the wire, it can be in the same clamp if you can get that working, but if needed you can do it with a second clamp. Now take the long end of the wire and pull it round the bar, till you have a round turn and a bit, that is till the wire lays next to itself for at least a few mm and it does not spring open.
That will make you a ring which will have an opening, which can be closed by soldering or left open, specially if the ends are made showy.

Now you can saw through the wire, close the ring into a circle and solder that shut. (Check with the supplier of the wire what you need to solder, as different metals need different kind of solder and chemicals to make them work.)
If you are an experienced metal worker you can keep the ends longer than just touching and shape them with whatever you want. (Or you can introduce extra materials like beads or stones, or lumps of metal molten to the ends.)

No thick wire?
With thinner wire you can do a series of full turns, solder them all together and have a ring that is wider than it is thick. A more involved way to make a ring out of thin wire, not for beginner metal workers nor for beginner knot tyers if without an experienced coach, is a turks head knot. Here you find instructions for string. Search results for rings, mmost in silver and gold.

No wire?
Flat metal can be cut to size, hammered around the dowel and then soldered.

Heat treathment (Warning, dangerous hot metal and fire danger):
Place your metal on stone that can take the heat and apply flame till the metal is red hot. Let if cool down naturally/slowly for a soft metal that will take further work.
If you have a fire which is hot enough, like when you burn coal to heat your house, you can use that.
Cool it down as fast as possible by let it drop in cold water, and it will get harder and less likely to bend.

No heat? Hammering will make metal harder but also more brittle and more likely to break if you do it too much.

Which metal?
If you can afford it, silver will give you very nice results, also because the result will be real jewelry. I fear that gold will be out of reach for a while longer, it is rather expensive.
I had nice results with coper to play with but it will colour your skin and you should be aware that it has health risks.

When you buy metal and solder and so on, discuss it with the staff in the shop (if they are knowledgable) or research on internet whether the metal can be used for day to day wear.

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  • I will accept your answer because I see you made an effort and covered pretty much everything even tho I probably won't be able to make a nice ring because I'm not metal worker, I'm 16 years old with no experience at all. I will go trough your answer these days and thing about it. Thank you! – Djordje Vujicic Jul 29 '17 at 18:27
  • I was not much younger when I started working metal in school and not much older when I tried some metal jewelry, in a different school. – Willeke Jul 29 '17 at 18:42
  • Well, my school is not about any crafting. It's only for studying boring subjects... – Djordje Vujicic Jul 29 '17 at 20:07
  • But I love programming because it is like an art for me. And also includes brain + skills + designing like some arts too, but no need for real life expensive tools, and destroying furniture at home xD – Djordje Vujicic Jul 29 '17 at 20:10
  • Any older relatives with a shed/garage with tools you might work in? (Or friends of the family, neighbours or even a community center?) – Willeke Jul 30 '17 at 9:39

There are a few ways to make rings but they all suggest a tool budget. I consider copper your best alternative. It is malleable and soft, so you can hammer and bend. As Willeke said, it will oxidize and leave green rings on your finger but, that can be prevented by coating with shellac, varnish, or a clear spray paint.

Copper is relatively inexpensive and can be had for free. A good source, for free copper wire, would be #12 or #14 electrical cut offs. Cut offs can be found at most construction sites or ask an electrical contractor.

Strip the plastic sheaths from the copper electric cut offs and play around. Bend it, hammer it, or solder it and when that's done start designing. Perhaps you'd think about braiding a few inches and then hammering the braid flat. Cut the length appropriate to your finger size, bend it round and solder the ends.
You might also try epoxy resin for joining and maybe even encasing the copper in an epoxy shell.

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  • Thanks for your answer! I only don't understand how can I merge wires into ring? only by hammering it? – Djordje Vujicic Aug 1 '17 at 19:32
  • If you weave the wire like braiding hair, then, when hammering, the strands will flatten and work to hold each other in place. You are correct in seeing that they could simply separate, but you have imagination at you convenience and see that a few dabs of well placed solder or epoxy will stabilize the work and when the ring size is cut and the ends joined, those well placed dabs of solder or epoxy may be scratched off. – Ace Aug 8 '17 at 21:17
  • Thank you! I have liked your answer but I had to accept the other one because he was first to answer and explained many ways. I'm sorry. If I could I would accept both – Djordje Vujicic Aug 8 '17 at 21:57

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