This is 5 Great Strategies for Learning How to Make Wooden Rings. In this post, you’ll learn five different things that you can do to help accelerate the learning process. Enjoy.
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Strategies for Learning Ring Making
Ring making is a lot of fun, and it’s something that you can learn pretty quickly if you use the right strategies. Coming up in this post, I will show you five ways that you can make ring making a big part of your world, and learn the concepts quicker.
Just like any other hobby, the more time that you put into wooden ring making the faster you will develop. That’s fantastic, because there are no barriers in the way other than your willingness to put in the time and the effort.
Incorporate some of the strategies into your ring making efforts, and you will be happy at how much faster you progress. It’s all about learning the most and progressing the most in the smallest amount of time. It’s about being efficient, and having a good strategy.
See Also: 35 Important Tips on How to Make a Ring
Immerse Yourself in Ring Making
The first thing that you need to do is immerse yourself in the world of Ring making. There are several different ways that you can do this, and I recommend you combine many of them into your own personal method of immersion.
First and foremost, go into your social media profiles and look for people that already make or sell wooden rings. Start following them, and consume their content daily. Pay attention to the things they create, and think about their process.
Also, go into your Pinterest account, and if you don’t have one you need one, and follow several ring makers as well. This will provide you tons of visual inspiration and even education and tutorials on making wooden rings.
If you take half a day and really saturate your feeds with ring making, you can be assured that every single time you play around on your phone, you’ll actually be immersed in the world of ring making.
Also, start watching videos. YouTube is a fantastic place to learn about ring making, and you’ll also see the processes and the tools at the same time. This is huge, because it’s like having a free teacher right in front of you.
Make it a point every single day to look at, watch, and read about making wooden rings. After several weeks, you’ll have a very good understanding of the craft, and the current trends.
See Also: 9 Great Ways to Make Better Wooden Rings
Buy a Good Book on Ring Making
Once you have a good understanding from what you’re able to find online, purchase a nice book on ring making as well. This way, you can learn from someone who’s been there before, in a step-by-step, and logical manner.
Before anyone accuses me of being too self-promotional, I always recommend buying books, no matter whether I have one on the subject or not. It just so happens that I have the only one on the subject of ring making, but I would have recommended a book even if I didn’t.
Books have the ability to teach you really well, and it’s like having a private instructor that’s created course material just for you. If you follow a book carefully and actually read it, you can get quite a bit from the experience.
Make Several Rings of Different Styles
Next, never let yourself get tied down to one particular style. Even if there’s a certain type of wooden ring that you really like, it’s definitely in your best interest to make several different styles to round out your skill set.
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If you really like the way solid rings look, it’s OK to make a bunch of those, but you should also try laminated rings. If you like wood, that’s great, but you should also try to add metals and acrylics in your designs.
Even if all it takes is making a few of these different styles to find out that it’s not really your favorite, that’s OK, you don’t have to make them again. However, you might just discover something you didn’t know that you really like, and that makes the exercise worth it.
See Also: 6 Classic Wooden Ring Designs
Learn About the Different Woods Available
A fun daily activity is to learn about the different types of wood that are available in the world. You would be surprised to believe that wood comes in nearly every color, and in so many different looks that you just can’t believe the world has so much beauty.
Until you really pay attention to the types of wood that are out there, you might just think that all wood is some shade of tan, like the wood in the hardware store. That’s not the case, and a quick Google search can reveal lots of variety.
Spend a little time looking at rings that are made of different, exotic wood species. There will be several examples you can find, and you can even spend some time looking at hardwood dealers online.
However you decide to do it, a fantastic strategy is just browsing through a couple different new types of wood every single day. It won’t overwhelm you, but it will expose you to lots of different options that you never knew existed.
Start with the Tools You Have
Finally, if you haven’t started making rings yet, just start with what you have. Even if you don’t have anything, you can buy a Ring making blank, a file, and some sandpaper. From there, ask a friend to drill a hole and saw off the excess.
Just like that, you have a ring blank you can work with. Now, all you need to do is practice your work with the file and sandpaper in order to get it nice and smooth. You can always buy more blanks, and have a friend do the same until you can buy a drill and a saw.
Even so, you only need a basic electric drill with a cord, and a small, inexpensive saw. For probably $40, you can have all the tools you need. However you decide to start, just start with what you have. It’s better than not starting at all.
See Also: 5 Best Wooden Ring Making Tools
Your Action Assignment
Now that you know these five are some strategies for learning about wooden ring making as a beginner, it’s time to get out in your shop and take action. Put some of the strategies to work, and you’ll be faster on your way to making your own rings.
Of all the strategies listed here, immersing yourself in the ring making world and starting right now are probably the best two. Getting a book would be number three, but you could do that after you immerse yourself and start learning.
Reach out to your friends, because you probably have someone who can help you drill and rough saw a blank for you to start sanding and shaping. For only a few dollars you can pick up sandpaper and a ring making blank, and at least get started.
If you have any questions about the strategies for ring makers contact me and I’ll be glad to answer them. Happy building.
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