Torched copper rings by Crafty Chica

It’s getting hot in here! Seriously, folks…your inspiration will fire up once you see how easy these Torched Copper Rings are to make. I recently bought a variety of copper sheets, strips, and shapes and spent an afternoon playing with them.

I loved the results so much, I decided to use my pieces for this month’s Bernzomatic Torchbearer project!

This was my proud moment of the weekend.

I know, when you read “torch” you probably think of something like this:

Torches have come a long way – they aren’t just for chefs or mechanics anymore. I’ve been a Bernzomatic ambassador for a couple years now and have learned there is a torch for every personality and need. Now for me, I LOVE the Bernzomatic ST500: 3 in 1 Micro Torch.

It works for so many uses in my craft room. (You can see all of them here)

This torched copper ring project is very easy, great for beginners. For best results, block off a couple hours to give yourself time to play and practice with different techniques and applications.

NOTE: “copper coated” won’t work, you have to have pure copper.

SUPPLIES

Bernzomatic ST500: 3 in 1 Micro Torch

Bernzomatic Lead-Free Solder Wire & Flux

Gloves and goggles

Third hand (I use this one)

Ring mandrel

Chasing hammer and metal block

Metal flush cutters, file

Copper blanks, sheet, and strips – I used 24 gauge (I bought mine on Etsy)

If you are cutting a sheet, for simple designs you can use shears, but for very detailed cuts, you may want to look into a jewelers saw kit (I plan to buy one!)

Bowl of water

Tweezers

Polishing cloth or tools

Heat absorbent surface, like a brick, kiln shelf or large tile

To start, measure your ring size and cut a piece of copper strip to fit.

Wrap it around the mandrel. Make sure each end is cut straight and sand. You want to line up the edges perfectly. you may need to overlap one side so they will butt up against each other.

Set it on the firebrick and in the third hand. Add flux on both sides and a small piece of solder wire in the groove. Wearing gloves and goggles, use the manufacturer’s directions to start the micro torch. Move the torch in circles around the area to heat up from the outer edges in. You’ll see the solder melt and connect the sides. Turn off the torch, set aside. Lift the third hand and drop the ring in water to quench.

Now you can add whatever embellishment on top. I cut out some hearts and used a chasing hammer to give them texture. Add flux on the back, and repeat the above process.

Torched Copper Rings tutorial

You can also layer pieces like I did here.

Torched Copper Ring tutorial by Crafty Chica

I made a batch of rings with different statements on top. Torching and soldering is awesome because you know it’s sturdy and legit. This is a basic project, but once you practice, you’ll get better and up the design factor. Make use of the chasing hammer and even metal stamps to add more customization!

Torched Copper Ring tutorial by Crafty Chica

Not bad for a beginner! I love how clean and shiny they turned out!

I forgot to add that once you are done torching them, and quenching them, they will be a little banged up and gritty. I used a light polishing attachment on my Dremel to shine these babies up. You can also use a product called Penny Brite, along with a polishing cloth.

Torched Copper Ring tutorial by Crafty Chica

For this one above, I made three little holes and inserted gemmed brads. It was a little difficult to polish, but it still came out cool.

Torched Copper Ring tutorial by Crafty Chica

Next time I definately intend to add more design and texture! But for now, these are a great launching pad for more torched copper rings!

Torch Bearer Logo

From the Bernzomatic site:

“Find Your Fire. There’s a fire in each of us. Waiting to ignite. We believe in carrying the torch ignited by our founder in 1876—whose quality craftsmanship and progressive mindset are what blazed the trail that got us here today. We believe in awakening the innovators in all of us—inspiring a culture of creators who can break boundaries, mark new territory and go where no flame has burned before. We believe in empowering those who’ve found their flame and dare to follow it. Because the ones who do are the catalysts of bold transformations that redefine the limits of what we can achieve.   We believe in our fire and in your fire. It’s time to ignite.”

Thanks so much for checking out my project!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Bernzomatic. All ideas, opinions, and the excitement to work with this new art genre are 100% my own.

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Thanks for checking out my post!, let me know if you try this project!

Love & light,