Father’s Day Cuff Link Ring
It’s Father’s Day coming up. Sadly I lost my father on 8th March this year. Miss him so much. He wasn’t particularly talkative or demonstrative. But I knew I was loved.
While we were going through his possessions my mother and my daughter wondered if it would be possible to make the women in our family rings from his cuff links. My daughter took on the task of finding out how to turn cuff links into rings.
These particular cuff links are mother of pearl set in stainless steel. No jeweler would touch them as they only work with precious metals. Also any heat used would damage the shell. My father’s cuff links had no material value but they had a lot of sentimental value to us.
My daughter and I decided to try and make a pair of cuff link rings ourselves and had a craft evening together.
You need: –
- strong glue – I used 2 part adhesive
- a ring base
- a metal file
- a cuff link
You need to remove or cut off what’s at the back of the cuff link so it’s as flat as possible.
And file the cuff link as flat as you can with a metal file.
The rougher both sides are the better it will will stick together. Next mix your adhesive as per manufacturer’s instructions. It sets fast so you need to work quickly. You must make sure the cuff link is level or it will set skew.
You can either roll up some paper and put the ring base on the paper – then add the prepared cuff link. Or you can put the cuff link face down – and add the ring to the back of it. Play around before you apply glue.
We used quite a bit of glue to make sure it held together.
And that was all there was too it.
Enjoy time with your fathers while you can.
More next week.