What is a good way to "square up" ring stock ends before
Dear Allyson Gernandt, I also make hundreds of band rings, usually
50+ at a time. Use (or get) that emergency ring remover which is
used to cut rings off of people’s fingers at the ER. Rio sells one
#111-165 for $32; extra blades too. I’ve used mine for years and
only recently replaced the blade.
Since I want a variety of sizes in each “batch”, I wrap the pattern
wire spiraling around the tapered ring mandrel from small size to
large size. Holding the wire tightly around the mandrel, mark a
straight line across the wires with a small “Magic Marker” - this is
your cutting line. Slide off the wire, now in a tapered coil with a
line all the way down it, and use that little ring cutter to cut off
each ring. I can do this while watching TV! The ends are square
with only a little scrap of metal to brush off with a file.
On single rings, if size is critical, remember that you’ll be
removing the width of the saw blade from the stock and you need to
account for that when you make your cut.
This little tool is handy when sizing rings too. It really saves
Hope this helps and thanks to Hanuman, Judymw
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
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