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Do you make or order your rings
make rings
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order rings
 30%  [ 10 ]
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Posted on Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:55 pm
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I make my own rings when I can, although I have ordered once from RoS. Usually cut them now with jewlers saw, but have done it with bolties using score and break method when I can.

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Posted on Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:35 pm
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I make all my rings (I love my jeweler's saw Coif Smiley) and as many of the findings as I can. It's cheaper that way and I enjoy making them. Not to mention it's a lot of fun to see people's reaction when they find out you made every single ring.

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Posted on Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:30 am
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I voted buy. I am just starting out, and experimenting with things. Once I am a little more confident and have the space & knowledge, I will likely try making my own.

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Posted on Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:49 pm
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I found that I much preferred weaving rings over making them. When I started making maille I liked the process or making the rings, but I didn't have an adequate method. I had a clamp to hold wire, but it wasn't a clamp I could tighten, just one of those things you squeeze to open and a spring keeps em shut. Over time the wire wore away the rubber tips and the metal couldn't hold the wire in place. I just got irritated and never really made a better rig to make the rings.

I also found that my hands couldn't take the stress of making AND weaving as many rings as I wanted to do when I got REALLY into it. I was ending up with blisters and didn't want to wait for them to become calluses instead :-p

I also work primarily with anodized Aluminum which I need the rings fully anodized or else when you cut the wire, you end up with little silver tips to all the rings.

I still make some of my rings, like 18g or 20g wires in small diameters, but they're also not as good quality as if I ordered them. Primarily ordered rings: AA, BA, galvy 16+g bronze 16+g

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Posted on Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:33 pm
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I cut most of mine, silver and copper anyway. I started out with a kit from U.M. and ordered a refill kit from them. Even got some Bronze from TRL, then I got turned onto the Koil Kutter and coil and cut my own now. I wanted a Jumpringer but couldn't see paying that much $$. I have yet to try to work with AA or SS so I will end up buying them if they are saw cut until I get the feel for those metals.

BTW Enco sells the exact blades that the KK guy sells, not sure if they are the same price, if memory serves they are a little cheaper. You can also get the transfer punches through them if you are looking for either SEA or Metric... (just food for thought).

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Posted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:32 am
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I am currently buying my rings, I want to start to make my own at some point in time!!

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