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« on: January 25, 2011 08:33:51 AM »

Hello all!
I have been wanting to make a bag that has the the ring through the grommet(see attached photo). Can anyone tell me where I can find those rings? I have some rings at home but they are very hard to open up.

Thanks all.

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011 12:31:34 PM »

I would love to do this as well, but I don't know how to do it, either (being pretty helpful, am I? Cheesy ). I have a bag which uses the same technique and I went and tested if I could open it up. I pulled as hard as I could, and it opened only about 2mm. I'm guessing you would either have to buy weaker rings or have some pretty strong hardware... Weaker rings might open more easily, but who knows if they decide to open by themselves when you have stashed your bag full! They could be welded shut, but... Yeah.

I have to look into this and do some tests when I get something more heavy duty than a hammer and jewelery pliers... I'll let you know if you if I  come up with something brilliant!

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011 02:36:16 PM »

Would something like this work? http://www.etsy.com/listing/55648891/gate-ring-1-14-inch-nickel-2pcs-free?ref=sr_gallery_2&ga_search_query=purse%2Brings&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_page=7
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011 06:24:44 AM »

Or these gate rings...they use 2 tiny screws to hold them together: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66968363/2-12-inch-brushed-anti-bronze-round-gate?ga_search_query=gate%2Brings&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5399203
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011 06:09:42 AM »

These might work. I was looking for something that didn't open like this but maybe this is what I need to get. Thanks for the research "ntaga". I did look for "rings" but when you search "rings" you pull up 80 gazillion different items.

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011 03:58:59 AM »

I ask from someone strong who uses some tools to pull them open (if they're way to hard for me). When you pull open, try seperating not to the sides, but backwards and forwards. Then you pull the sides back to the original position, closed.

And when you look for rings, don't search just for the word 'rings', write 'O-rings', that's their specific name. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2011 07:01:22 AM »

I've used these before. You can get them at Joann's or Michael's, if they're near you.  The key to this making sure that you have a hammer and a very hard surface, and your little hole to put the grommet in isn't too big (otherwise it won't grab the fabric).  I tried on my carpeted floor and it didn't work, but on the concrete outside, it worked a LOT better.  I put a piece of fabric down so my project wouldn't get icky from the concrete. 

You can also buy grommet setters, which help a lot too.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2011 04:20:48 PM »

That link to the silver-tone "ring" posted by ntaga...those are key rings, I can get those at the key maker's in my local hardware store.

« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2013 06:44:52 PM »

Did you ever find a solution? I am working on a bag very similar. It needs an o-ring threaded through grommets just like the photo you posted.

I cannot for the life of me get the o-rings (I have 1.5" ones) open without completely damaging them. I tried with pliers and it completely ruined the finish. I have been searching online and haven't really found anything.

So, anyone have tips for getting large o-rings open??
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