I purchased some awesome etched steel texture plates from a vendor on Facebook, called Oregon Trail Silver & Metal Stamps. Roberta makes these plates by hand one at a time. She applies the pattern, has to remove the negative spaces by hand then she uses a saltwater etching process to create the plates. As you can see in the pictures below, the textures transfer flawlessly onto the copper.
As soon as I received the texture plates in the mail, I had to give them a try. I rolled them in my rolling mill, wrapping the plate and copper with a piece of thick card stock to protect my rollers and give the copper a bit of cushion. I find that I get a deeper texture transfer when I put a bit of thick paper on top of my metal.
I have several different pancake dies for rings that I used to make these copper rings. These dies are very handy when you want a perfectly symmetrical cutout or want to repeat the same shape multiple times. They save a lot of time and all I need to do is clean up the edges afterwards. The die opens and you put your metal in and I use a hydraulic press to squeeze the die down. It forces the metal into the shape and cuts it. Pretty neat right?
After I punch out the ring shapes from the textured copper sheets, I file and sand all the edges to make sure there are no burs or sharp edges. Then I bend and bend and bend them around until the are nice and round and comfortable to wear. I left them open so they can be adjusted to any size. Soldering copper is messy and never looks great so leaving them adjustable is a perfect solution!