I've started making my rings on the smaller side because they are generally easier to size up than down. Most of the time I can stretch out a band without a stone setting by using hammers. No cutting, no repeat trip through the soldering process. I don't have one of those ring sizing stretcher things because every time I look at one I gasp at the price.
But recently I needed to add a little bit of room to a ring with a rainbow topaz setting (remember? Rainbow topaz??) and it can be a problem to stretch the band without loosening the setting.
Enter this amazing little contraption: a "Stone Set Ring Enlarger with Roller Set" (I think they could have come up with a better name, but I guess they were going for descriptive). It works like a mini rolling mill turned on its side and comes with interchangeable rollers to fit different sized shanks. I was a little bit nervous because I wasn't sure the rollers would work with the really wide shank on the ring I needed to size but it wasn't a problem - I just used it without any of those inserts. I got it from Rio Grande for $49.
|(No, this isn't some sort of sponsored advertisement...Rio Grande only knows me as a number.)|