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Ring-A-Day: Emerald Crystal Nut Ring

Brass plumbing parts are becoming a favorite base material. I found this 12mm Swarovsky crystal and went to the hardware store. The salesman asked why I was comparing the gem to the fittings. I said that I didn’t want my wife’s ring to fit down the drain. Making people laugh is always easier than explaining why you’d want to do that thing with the other thing.


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Ring-A-Day: Cracked Crystal Ring

Bending brass tubing around the ring mandrel was the hardest part of this ring. I put copper wire inside to prevent the tube from crimping, but didn’t lubricate it. A little graphite or oil would have made removing it much easier. The cracked crystal bead was chosen by my gemologically attracted wife. Her main criteria: Pretty, Shiny, Sparkly.