Every jeweler, and perhaps every parent, should know how to remove a
"too tight" ring. The following is almost always successful, and
leaves the ring intact.
Use dental floss or a rather stout sewing thread. Hold the spool in
your dominant hand with several inches of the floss hanging free and
begin winding around the ring-finger starting as close as reasonable
to the tip. The objective is to squeeze the blood and tissue out of
the finger-UP into the hand. Continue to wind, quite firmly and very
closely, as if you were whipping a fishing rod.
When the binding reaches the ring pass the floss UNDER the ring with
fine forceps or a sewing needle. Then, while controlling the ring
with your non-dominant hand, slowly unwind the floss which will push
the ring slowly down to the tip of the finger. The ring wearer will
be a little uncomfortable during the wrapping, but already is! The
relief of having the ring off is the award.
This has been a standard technique in ER’s for ages, although some
seem to want to “cut that ring off”. Of course, you girls know that
some boys just love to make loud noises and break things!
Blessings to all,