I bought a ring clamp when I took my first metalsmithing class years ago but could never figure out how to use it. Then I saw Helen Driggs’ article on how to use a ring clamp and decided to try. But my wedge was too small and I couldn’t hold anything very tight. I was too cheap to buy another ring clamp so back in the drawer it went.
Then I saw Nancy L.T. Hamilton’s article on how to convert a ring clamp with a too-small wedge into one that would actually hold something. You basically drill a hole in the clamp so you can insert a bolt with a wing nut to hold the clamp shut. What a great idea! I went to drill out my clamp and saw that it was made out of plastic, not wood. I didn’t know whether I would destroy it by drilling it so back in the drawer it went.
And while this seems like a non-sequitur, it’s not: I ate a lot of popsicles last summer and the sticks are littering my workshop. And I have duct tape. And that was my solution to my non-functional ring clamp.
May your days be merry and bright and may all your ring clamps hold your jewelry tight! (Sorry)