I use a strip of aluminium/aluminum about 5 mm wide.
Wrap round mandrel scribe with sharpie/texta measure and add metal
thickness cut and fabricate.
I THEN NOTE THE FINAL SIZE AND WRITE IT DOWN. OFTEN THE FIRST TRY
NEEDS STRETCHING TO BRING IT UP TO THE FINAL SIZE.
I write down all gauges of wire used and final band sizes.
Width of band also alters the comfort of ring.
Have 2 orders for embossed rings, made to size but felt too tight
for one lady.
It is exactly the same size as the ring she was wearing, but her
ring is only 2 mm wide on the back and the rings I made are 4 mm wide.
Going to stretch it up half a size.
Now she is a really nice little old lady and so polite so this is
not a problem for me.
She is also on holiday from Ireland and one granny of mine was
If however if she was a Gen Y with an attitude it would have been
another case of @#$. " I ordered this ring and you did not make it
the right size. What’s wrong with you?" With death stare and sneer. I
am then thinking “Ok bitch it is the same size as the ring gage and
the ring you wear, but your comfort/bitch factor makes me want to
give you a good planishing.” I don’t usually tell them to literally
f*ck of I make very snide sarcastic comments. " I am sorry but your
hands are so ugly I think you make my designs look bad, so I have
decided not to sell to you. Have a nice day."
I am not in this business to be insulted, by people who do not
understand that rings may need fitting like a bespoke suit to get it
perfect. In gold I ALWAYS do a fitting before setting the stone and
use a thick enough shank to tap it up if need be.
I also hate the great would be designers LOL, when I moved to the
country and was selling my resin at the markets I had a few women
tell me that if I just made it like so they would have bought it. Now
this was a range that was shown in Vogue, Mode, Cleo and Cosmo
fashion magazines and stocked by some of Australia’s best cutting edge
boutiques Game Birds, Cash Palace, Koko, Clarence Chai and Von
I would just say to them, “It is a shame you have no sense of style
or manners so I guess this is not for you!”