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« on: October 21, 2008 04:59:00 PM »

my first attempt at making wire and bead rings.
33 of them to be exact!









i got a little carried away, i guess.
they're fun and fast to make.
 i don't have an accurate sizing device.
what do you use to size your rings? does anyone know where to get a reliable ring sizer (without being too spendy)?

comments/suggestions/criticisms are welcomed.
thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2008 05:03:14 PM »

Those are really cool Cheesy I would definitely sell them. I would totally buy these.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2008 05:18:17 PM »

These are really cute ...

I got my ring mandrel on that popular auction site for about $10 ... now I use it to reshape my rings.  Get a rubber jewelry mallet too for about $5 and you can make sure your rings are nice and round too and you can create you cute designs right on the mandrel.

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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2008 05:39:51 PM »

thanks!
i totally forgot about the 'popular auction site' since i found etsy. Wink
does it matter whether the mandrel is plastic or metal?
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2008 06:09:07 PM »

For what you are doing?  Not at all.  I started with a plastic one and it lasted me several years before I decided on investing in a metal one ... I would go for the plastic unless you see a good deal on a metal one.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2008 06:16:38 PM »

One other thing I wanted to bring up .... only because I learned the hard way.  Make sure all of your ends are well tucked in ... You don't anyone scratching themselves or snagging their clothes.  Another tip ... something I like to do ... pull out the Dremel and sand the ends a bit ... they will be less likely to scratch or snag if they do stick out a bit.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2008 09:32:43 PM »

This is the least expensive I've found plastic mandrels, which is what I use all the time: http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H201698TL
Of course, I found it AFTER I paid more somewhere else  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2008 03:30:14 PM »

thanks for that link. great stuff on there.
too bad the shipping to canada it crazy expensive...which i don't understand at all
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2008 04:47:47 PM »

Whoa, those are awesome, very funky. Smiley

I've only used a metal mandrel, I couldn't find a plastic one here in the uk, but I agree about getting yourself a mallet too, it helps to round out your rings, plus you can use it to make your rings a little bigger if needed.
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