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)
Clever you! Duct tape to the rescue once again.
The miracle tape. 🙂