Small Ring Sizes
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Small Ring Sizes
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Posted on Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:41 am
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Hi,

I brought some rings that, tbh, are far too small for me to work with (3.6mm, 0.81) - I've spent hours trying to do the Sweetpea weave with them and can't get past the first byzantine bit as I can't see the 'eye'.

From what I understand, these rings are AR 4.4, and Sweetpea works in 4.0-4.2 ideally, meaning it's slightly bigger but should work.

Can anyone give me tips on working with tiny rings? Do I need a clamp or a third hand or is it a sign I won't get the hang of this and my finger are too fat? :/

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Posted on Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:33 pm
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For smaller rings, my preference is Xuron 475 pliers.

Magnification helps too if you’re having trouble seeing things rightly.


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Posted on Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:43 pm
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I agree having the right pliers for the job is essential. For tiny rings, you need delicate pliers. Magnification might help too. I find it easier to work when I can see what is going on up close. Your rings are small, but easily manageable - practice and persistence will help too. Cutters



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Posted on Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:13 pm
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Definitely the proper pliers and magnification are the keys when working with smaller rings. I've actually worked byzantine chains using 20ga 7/64 ID (AR 3.5) using a 4X maglite. It was probably one of my best investments. I also use a 'poker' bit of 20ga wire to 'open' up where my next weave will be.

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