Brute force way. Tap the joint with a mallet and slightly squash the
ring - the joint comes together at the top (at the expense of the
underneath). Solder and round up.
Fancy way. I have a great way to bind such a rounded edged ring. Shall
I send you an attached gif image? It’s easier to see than to describe. I
use this technique to bind a push-over bezel onto a flat-spot filed on a
In fact I have this image already on my website at
Go to where I say ‘JEWELLERY DIRECT - Jewellery classes for all levels’.
I’ll try to describe it:
I first wrap a small 1" piece of binding wire round the ring at three
points evenly spaced round the ring - the twisted end provides a tiny
place like GUIDES to thread the next piece of binding wire.
So, next thread a 4" length of binding wire, the BINDER, through those
pesky little pieces and right round the outside of the shank.
Tighten the twists on the guides to nip them up onto the binder. Allow
Twist the the binder onto the ring to be snug, then tighten with
flat-nosed pliers at several places along its length, NOT at the twist. Do
this by making a zigzag in the wire. Do you know to do this? Like so:
Maybe the binder wire could be doubled up for extra strength.
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