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    Iíve been asked to make three interlocking bangles like a huge Russian wedding ring. I will be using 3.2x1.9mm oval sterling silver wire. The bangle sizer I have is numbered and she wants a No18, this equates to a 65.07mm diameter though it measures 65.4 with a calliper.
    My question is what formula do I use to get the right size, as an engineer teaching metal bending we used the formula pi x d+1/2t, with rings I normally use pi x d+t where d is diameter and t is thickness, pi being 3.142, I have assumed that for three interlocking bangles they should be pi multiplied by the diameter plus three thicknessí is this right, I donít want to mess it up.
    Any advice would be much appreciated, Iíve bought enough metal to have two attempts just in case.

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    I always find it a bit of a mystery trying to work it mathematically. I did it in cad and got the wire length to be 232.7mm thats a 65mm diameter
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    The pink line is the size circle I used the size of wire you specified. I would maybe make it up in 2mm copper wire first to check

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    Basically, the three intertwined hoops must pass over the folded hand, and must each be quite a bit larger than a single hoop.

    There is no published formula, but if you take Joseph's suggestion and make it in copper first there'll be no disaster, but a starting point for further adjustment, if needed.

    When I have done this for a finger, the size of the three rings used was three English sizes bigger than for a single ring. Dennis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    Basically, the three intertwined hoops must pass over the folded hand, and must each be quite a bit larger than a single hoop.

    There is no published formula, but if you take Joseph's suggestion and make it in copper first there'll be no disaster, but a starting point for further adjustment, if needed.

    When I have done this for a finger, the size of the three rings used was three English sizes bigger than for a single ring. Dennis.
    Thanks Dennis. Was just about to start on a 3 rings commission
    and you have answered my question before I could ask it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by josef1 View Post
    I always find it a bit of a mystery trying to work it mathematically. I did it in cad and got the wire length to be 232.7mm thats a 65mm diameter
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    The pink line is the size circle I used the size of wire you specified. I would maybe make it up in 2mm copper wire first to check
    Wonderful, thank you, there must be a mathematic formula though, I did nearly get the same result as you, my calculation was the diameter of the first bangle plus three times the wire diameter multiplied by 3.142 the number i got was 223.7mm, I have ordered some copper wire and pass it through my roller and try your calculated length and see what size I get, if its then too big I can always reduce the bands. Thank you again, I will let you know what I get.

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    Dennis, oh no, if anyone would know I would have bet money and put my faith in you, I have read conflicting descriptions of making three band rings, I think I took your advice on that with the three sizes bigger, there was a different description and that was a multiplicand that ramped up exponentially depending on the number of rings, I can't find the reference now, I have ordered some thicker copper wire and will try to roll it down to more of an oval shape and attempt it as josef1 suggested, as always I thank you.

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    How weird is that. I've just acquired some bangle dies and am currently obsessed with making bangles!

    I was just thinking of making an interlocking 3 band bangle myself yesterday and then this thread appears! Mine would be 60mm internal dimensions (wanders off to find calculator).

    Thank you mathematical geniuses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caro View Post
    How weird is that. I've just acquired some bangle dies and am currently obsessed with making bangles!

    I was just thinking of making an interlocking 3 band bangle myself yesterday and then this thread appears! Mine would be 60mm internal dimensions (wanders off to find calculator).

    Thank you mathematical geniuses!
    I have just bought some 2.5mm copper wire, I plan to roll it down to 1.9mm and hope it goes a little oval too, then put the information and advice to the test plus my own theoretical equation to find out how to end up with the final right diameter . by the way what is a bangle die? what does it look like? or did you mean a mandrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruggen View Post
    I have just bought some 2.5mm copper wire, I plan to roll it down to 1.9mm and hope it goes a little oval too, then put the information and advice to the test plus my own theoretical equation to find out how to end up with the final right diameter . by the way what is a bangle die? what does it look like? or did you mean a mandrel?
    This is a bangle die. You use it to make fancy shaped bangles

    https://www.cooksongold.com/Jeweller...rcode-999-6876

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    Please don't anybody go straight ahead without testing it in copper first. Dennis.

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