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Making an adjustable ring


#1

My niece asked me to cast a silver ring for her out of a wax
catalog–it’s a duplicate of a sentimental one she lost years ago.
Got wax, got bronze model cast so I can make a mold. Now she wants
me to make a smaller one for her 6 year old daughter so they can
match.

Two problems–the ring band is easily 1/4 inch wide–not going to
fit a kid’s pudgy finger comfortably, and 6 year olds grow fast so
it’s not going to fit her for long.

I’m thinking that maybe an adjustable ring (like a toe ring, with a
split in the band) would be the way to go for the kid. Does anyone
have any tips on making an adjustable ring that’s comfortable yet
reasonably sturdy/solid?

Kathy Johnson
Feathered Gems Jewelry
www.featheredgems.com


#2
I'm thinking that maybe an adjustable ring (like a toe ring, with
a split in the band) would be the way to go for the kid. Does
anyone have any tips on making an adjustable ring that's
comfortable yet reasonably sturdy/solid? 

My mother is 84 and has really bad arthritis in her fingers. Her
knuckles are huge and her fingers are bent. But she loves her rings!
Rather than trying to size them for her ever-changing finger sizes,
I simply cut the backs and smooth the edges of all her rings. She
bends them out to get them on, and squeezes them to tighten them.
They sometimes break but since she has a jeweler in the family, it’s
no big deal (for her) to have them fixed over and over again. And I
don’t mind so long as she’s happy.


#3

I have done a diagonal bypass style of shank which does work for a
few sizes but it can pinch if there is much of a gap. Round ends for
comfort.

Ron


#4

I make adjustable rings the same way that Norman does. I fabricate
some nice rings out of 18 gauge sterling, which will hold up under
lots of flexing. The bands are fairly wide, so I narrow them a bit
where they are cut, round the edges, and make sure they are smooth. My
customers really like them, as one’s fingers change size during the
day, and they are easy to get on and off.

I don’t know if this would work with cast rings which seem to be
less flexible and I would be afraid they would crack. But there is no
problem with fabricated rings.

Alma