If I picture your problem with the ring correctly, it seems to me
you should be able to open it by forcing it up on the ring mandrel.
Hi Jerry and also Marilyn:
Opening the fold on a mandrel sounds like a good idea. I'm going to
try to solder a "boat" to the ring and hopefully pop it open in this
way. If it works, it may be a quick way to open many pieces one after
I annealed the piece, but now I am wondering if I annealed to the
correct temp. I couldn't tell how soft the piece was because it was
tiny (about 3/4" long), but I am timid with the torch.
My problem is probably a combination of factors. Thanks very much
and I can't wait to go the next class.