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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
May 05, 2010

Question:

I’ve tried doing your wonderful Pharaoh’s Ring dvd but my cab always ends up under the side wraps so it leaves the decorative sides of the ring peeking about 1/4 inch above the top of the stone.  What am I doing wrong?  My desired size is 8 1/2, bending on mandrel at size 6 1/2.

Answer:

My first question is: are you remembering to shape the ring on the mandrel, rounding the wrapped sides with the mallet before locking the four corners in? If not, then the wires you are bending up to lock the stone is are going to be heading on an angle away from the stone and the front of the ring, instead of shaping round the front.

Second question: are you sure to bend the connection wires at a nice 90 degree angle, immediately over the connection rings, toward the inside of the ring, before directing them down and then pressing them inside? If not, then your connection wires will indeed end up taller than the stone.

You didn’t mention what gauge wire you are using for the desired finished size 8 ½ ring, or the size of the cab. If the cab is larger than 18x13mm oval, try using 10 wires, 22g. If you don’t have enough side wires to lock in all the way up to the stone, you can always add additional connection wires at the end. Hope this helps!

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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