today's craft: make a thumb ring!
so i found this nut while taking my dog for a walk the other day, and i figured it's about the right size to make into a thumb ring.
so first things first, i need to know what ring size my thumb is. i break out the trusty gauge, and an 11 fits nicely.
however, the nut only fits to about an 8 on the sizing mandrel, so it's time to widen the interior of the nut by grinding with our handy dandy dremel
remember to always use proper safety gear, especially when grinding metal! the hand holding the nut steady in the pliers should absolutely be protected from sparks, as well as the eyes
so after about fifteen minutes of grinding the interior of the nut down, it now fits a size 11. but! just because it'll fit over a finger doesn't mean it's safe to wear! the freshly ground edges are still razor sharp.
so we wrap a square of sandpaper around the ring mandrel, and then fit the nut over it like so
and with a twisting motion, and a little spot grinding, the inside is now safe to wear
next, to work on the exterior of the nut. now some might want the exterior to look perfectly smooth and polished. this could be achieved by fitting the nut snugly on the ring mandrel and using a grinding tool to round out the edges and make a true ring shape. however, i still want it to look like a nut so we're going to be doing cleanup with a file and sandpaper. after grinding the edge of each side, and grinding a mild bevel into each edge, it looks like so.
next, some cleanup on each face using sandpaper, and it looks clean but rugged. there are a few intentional rough spots visible to give it character.
a quick final check on the sizing mandrel and viola! it's an 11.
and that's how you get a free thumb ring!
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