Design & Embellishment

Shop by Weave: Ever So Dreamy <3

In 12 years of business, and 6 incarnations of our website, this -- the brand new Shop by Weave -- is finally, finally, the shopping experience we've always wanted to offer. It's not easy to present a lot of options while keeping the page simple and intuitive but that's finally what we have. I hope you love it as much as we do.

Shop by Weave is for buying rings by the weave inch. Choose the weave you like, the size and the metal, and enter the number of inches you want to make, all on one page. The cart will show you the perfect ring size(s) and tell you how many per inch you'll need and you can add them to your cart with a keystroke. Rings for medallions are available the same way, but per medallion rather than per weave inch. The price for rings purchased through Shop by Weave is now exactly the same as for rings purchased by-the-ring so that you're truly free to use whichever method best suits you in the moment.

UM kits like the Graduated European 4-in-1 Collar and the Perfect Rings are available in their own section now and there's another section for Designer Ringsets. (You'll find all these sections in the main menu on the left side of our home page.)

Let us know what you think. :)

-- Aislyn and Gary

New on the Site, 26g Round Rings

They look like glitter but the chain is small enough to fit through some beads. ~swoon~

What Can I Make with These?

Want to know what that ring size is good for?

1. Click on Shop-by-Weave (top of page)

2. Filter your way to the mystery ring using the left column of the page.

For example, if you have 16g/7.0mm round rings, select from the filters on the left side of the page like this:

Shape: Round
Gauge: 16g
Mandrel: 7.000mm

The Role of Aspect Ratio in Design

An aspect ratio of 3 or less indicates a fat ring with a small inner diameter (ID), like a donut. The smaller the ID, the stronger the ring; the fatter the wire, the stronger the ring... so a small aspect ratio means a very strong ring. A large aspect ratio of 5 or more indicates a....

Spontaneous Design

These techniques are not difficult but they do require a bit of focused attention to grasp the concept and then willingness to wing it somewhat in working up your design, playing with assorted rings and seeing what looks good. This isn't a step by step sort of thing and there aren't even recommended ring sizes. That might be more freedom than a person wants early on but wonderful when your focus is on developing design skills.

Roundmaille, Diamond

 
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