Ok, so i'm going to have to ask (was hoping I could fiigure it out for myself )
What is a ring liner?
I've never made 'traditional' rings before... wouldn't know where to start!
A ring liner is something that goes inside the main ring to either strengthen it or to avoid the main metal contacting your skin.
e.g. PMC & Silver Clay rings are strengthened by adding a fine silver ring liner
or folks might build a resin ring around a sterling or fine silver core.
Or Polymer clay around copper bangles (they completely cover the bangle both sides and use the copper core for strength).
Hi Nic and Alexandra...I'm just waiting for some pmc to dry a bit...honest!!
I have used .7 sheet...it is all guesswork really, but I use .7 wire in some of my chains and I feel it is about as thin as you can go before it really seems to lose some strength - so I figured it is a good place to start. I haven't set eyes on a commercial one so I can't say how thick they are! I was also a bit worried about going too thick because I didn't know how easily it would fuse. I only have a little torch - and I have only fused wire up to 1.5mm with it so I didn't even know if it would work. As it happens - it was really easy...in fact a little too easy as it 'goes' so quickly you tend to lose the corners of the join...if you see what I mean - and you have to try and rescue it with manic filing!!
I am planning to put some fine silver findings for pmc/acs users on my website as soon as I can get myself organised - I have only put chain on there so far. Since I am making all my own stuff it would be relatively easy to do a few more and pop them on for others but I am juggling so many balls at the moment...and the computer/website/blog aspect is really a trial for me. I am getting better at it the more I do it.
And Alexandra...blatent plug here... but you might get a better idea of the ring liners if you look at the blog on my website...(not the wordpress one as that is a bit more 'off the wall'). I don't really go into details but you should be able to see how it works with the pictures.
I'm currently wearing all 4 rings that I have made so far on my 2 ring fingers - (well - I have to test run them!) - as well as my wedding ring - so I can barely bend my fingers!! ...Oh! it's all such a trial!!
Thanks for the compliment Charlotte - and these rings are proving to be so easy I could weep for joy!!
i got a mug warmer half price a while back when i started "PMC" they still reduced i'm not sure if i'm allowed to add the link being new i don't want to get in trouble ?? ... USB Stainless Steel Coffee Warmer with Cup with Lid... ((bargain))
sorry would help if i said it was from argos £4.89 .. D'oh
The USB ones are fine but the mains ones are better (if you can get one)
mines a Simpsons one (Doh!) but I've also seen En-ger-land ones
Hi Nic - No I haven't got a mug warmer...I improvised! I have a mini, adjustable clip on spotlight dangling from my shelf - below this I have a metal mesh letter rack turned on it's side - thus providing me with 3 'shelves' bathed in heat on which I can slide my work ...each piece on a small section of non-stick baking sheet (not the paper type) that I have cut up, allowing me to remove individual pieces without disturbing the others. This arrangement also gives me a bit more extra light in addition to my working light - since my pmc work space is in a cupboard and it can be a bit gloomy!!
My only reservation with thicker ring liners is that it might add to the overall thickness of the finished ring. I know it is only an extra .3mm but it all adds up!!