January 14, 2009, 7:21 pm
September 9, 2011, 12:26 pm
DescriptionThe things you do when you're desperate. I wanted to chainmail while at work one day (doing phone tech support, leaves my hands free), when I discover I only have a single pair of pliers with me, and my rings.
"No problem" I think, and go into my bag for the spare ring tool. Not there. Dang. So I put away all of my chainmail, grumbling about not being able to do any today. During this time of non-mailling, I use that time to think.
"How can I 'make' another ring tool to chainmail with".
So I go through my bag. I have... chainmail rings... a few keyrings... some thread... some needles... and that's about it for items I wouldn't care about "converting" into a tool.
An idea springs to mind. Basically... all I need for the 'ring tool' is a thin slot, about the width of a ring, that's sturdy enough to be able to twist a ring inside of, and big enough to hold (or in the shape of a ring, to wear on a finger... hence 'ring tool'). My mind comes up with a plan:
I take a keyring... slide two small chainmail rings into the slot... and use the thread to essentially "tie" them there. The strength of the keyring should keep it from bending itself, the small chainmail rings hold the gap open, as well as making it the right width for other rings (since I'm using the same width ring for everything, and the thread keeps everything together.
And lo... 10 minutes later, I have what is quite possibly the worst quality ring-tool ever made.
But it works.
It may be slower going, but the thread is holding, and it can be (very loosely) worn over the finger like the ring tool... but it still works.
Amazing what you can do when you're determined enough :P
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