How To Use A Ring Sizer And Mandrel

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Designer: Julie Bean
These two tools allow you to make properly sized rings that fit perfectly to your finger! Use the ring sizing tool to determine your ring size and then use the ring mandrel to form your ring. The two items featured in this video are available as a convenient kit through
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Thank you for joining us here at Today I want to show you how to use a ring sizer and a ring mandrel. These two particular items are available on the's website as a kit for your convenience. A ring sizer is going to measure the size of your finger. It's pretty self explanatory. You'll notice on the ring sizing tool there are numbers along the edge of each circle and these are the numbers of the ring. They actually come from one at the very smallest all the way up to thirteen and there's going to be half sizes as well. The one has a little one next to it and one and a half has a one dash next to it. Then it goes on to two and so forth. So what you're going to want to do to a get properly sized ring is you are gonna wanna find the circle which fits your finger best. The average person's ring finger is about a size six to a seven. My fingers are a little bit smaller. I going to start with a five it fits and it's actually feels a little bit loose. You don't want it to slip off. Then I'm gonna go down a half the size to four and a half. It actually feels pretty good. If I had a ring such as an engagement ring or something I might want it a little bit tighter just because I wanna make sure it doesn't fall off so there's a four and that is just about perfect. You can tell that it's not cutting off any circulation. It still has room to move but it is really going to have troubles going over my knuckle. I can still get it off though. So I'm right in between a four and a four and a half. The average person again is going to be more like a six to seven. I just happen to have tiny fingers. So once we know the size of your ring you can go ahead and use the a ring mandrel to make a ring from scratch. So if you look at the ring mandrel you'll see it also has numbers along the edge of it and it numbers from one to fifteen and these numbers are going to correspond with the numbers on the ring sizer. I can take any ring on my ring sizer and this one happens to be an eleven slide it down and it's going to fit perfectly on the eleven mark. So if you are size eleven ring and that's what you're going to want to do. So you use the tools in conjunction with each other. Now this is a plastic ring mandrel. It's perfect for wire wrapping and wrapping filigree around it. Anything where you are just using the pressure of your fingers to make a ring. Also available to you are steel mandrel. You want to purchase one of these when you start getting into metalwork. Anytime when you're using hammer. Anything that exerts a lot of pressure and you're going to want to switched over to the steel mandrel. But for a lot of projects that you'll make you'll just need the plastic mandrel. So I'm going to show you how you might be able to make to a filigree ring using the ring sizing tool and the ring mandrel. So I'm probably not going to wear this particular ring on my engagement ring finger. I think I will choose this finger right here. So first I need to determine what size that finger is. We start with a seven. It's actually pretty good, it's a little bit loose. The rings might come right off. So I'm going to go down a half a size to six and a half and that feels about right. What you what to do you want to take your filigree. Now if you're wire wrapping you would just take your wire and because this is going to be a little bit wider of a ring I want to line up at the midpoint at the filigree with the midpoint of my six and a half mark. So I'm going to do that like so and I'm going to use the pressure of my fingers and bend. Okay once you've fully pressed the ring all the way around the mandrel and you have it molded. It does take some firm finger pressure there. You'll take it off of the mandrel. You'll see you have a nice round shape to it. And it should fit exactly to your finger. Go to for all of your beading supplies needs!

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