Jan 8, 2004, 2:46 PM
Post #4 of 12
I buy all my rings pre-cut. I just don't have the $$ to buy a good jump ringer right now, and cutting by hand doesn't give a good flat edge on both sides. When you're making maille for armament purposes, two diagonal cuts are fine; for jewelry, two flat cuts gives a much nicer finish. Also, when you buy them pre-cut like that, they've been tumbled or otherwise de-burred which also gives a nicer finish. Also, I figured out the cost of cutting rings myself vs. buying pre-cut, and right now I can save money by buying pre-cut -- not to mention time and trouble! If I ever get to the point where I'm selling a lot of jewelry and using thousands of rings, I'll probably buy a ringer, but for now, by hand is great.
My jewelry site is www.chainweaver.com. It's not all inclusive on what I've made, but there's a good bit there.