I have been asked to size a bezel set ring I made up 1/2 a size.
I said I will hammer the shank on the back with my planishing
It will be flatter on the back than it is now.
The ring shank is 4mm by 2mm half round. Plenty of metal to move.
The customer wanted to know the cost I said free as all simple
sizing on my jewellery is included in the price.
The sized up shank will be 4mm by about 1.5 mm. What is visible from
the front will remain unchanged.
Why am I doing it like this? Don’t have the cool tools. Wish I did,
but this will work fine.
How long will it take? About 5 mins and customer can pick it up in
The father wanted to know how I would do this. I said slide it up
the mandrel tap lightly, turn round and repeat tapping. File, sand and
The father bought the ring without knowing the daughter’s size and
apparently there is no jeweller where the daughter lives. She lives a
thousand miles away. Or methinks the resizing cost from the
daughter’s local jeweller was too expensive.
Would I rather have a quality ring stretcher yes, but I do only a
couple of sizings a year. Usually make to order.