Why not approach this stainless bending problem from a blacksmith’s
perspective? When I need to make steel rings, I just clamp a steel
rod of appropriate diameter in the vise, sticking straight up. Then
I clamp the rod I want to make rings out of at the base of the
upright rod with a pair of vise-grips, sticking out perpendicular.
Then, I grab the other end of the rod-to-be-bent with a pair of
pliers, and using an oxy-acetaline torch, I heat it as I bend it and
just wrap it around the upright the way you’d make jump rings with
wire. Now for heavy guage stuff, I just leave the coil on the rod
and using one of those wafer thin cut-off disks in a 4 1/2"
horizontal grinder, I cut down the length of the coil and “voila”. .
.rings! (I’ve made curtain rod rings this way). You could do a
miniature version of this, and using a seperating disk in a foredom,
cut off the rings. Only problem with this is the stainless will
discolor, but you can re-finish using the 3M’s new “radial disks” or
mass finishing methods in a tumbler.
David L. Huffman