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Ring-A-Day: Foam Aluminum Ring 4

Finally, a foam aluminum ring in my size. The pinky ring was supposed to be a size 12 like this one, but it didn’t work out that way. I used a drill saw, which looks like a round file with a drill bit tip, that really gave me a lot more control with the material. Drill saws cut sideways after they make a hole.

Learning about challenging new materials and tools for creative jewelry is what this project is all about. 98 rings to go!

Inventables is offering new customers a $20 voucher to try some of their amazing materials. Send me your email address: info at potus31 dot com with the subject INVENTABLES and I’ll get one to you ASAP.

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Ring-A-Day: Square Foam Ring

I started with the finger hole today on the foam aluminum sheet and worked my way outward. Yesterday’s ring was worked inward. The first hole I bored had a large void in it. discovering this before I was half-way into the project was great. As I worked with it, the finger hole became square, so  I followed the material. To make it more comfortable to wear, I rounded all the edges and corners afterwards.

I also love using “macro” tools for this: my Milwaukee Sawzall and a DeWalt 1/2″ 8 amp drill. I’ve become used to dental-sized “micro” tools, so using these power monster tools on jewelry is so much fun.

I’m really digging the foam aluminum! I’m putting together an anodizing set-up to add color. Stay tuned.
Inventables is offering new customers a $20 voucher to try some of their amazing materials. Send me your email address: info at potus31 dot com with the subject INVENTABLES and I’ll get one to you ASAP.

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Ring-A-Day: Foam Aluminum Pinky Ring

Today I pulled out my Milwaukee Sawzall and Inventables foam aluminum. (I hacksawed the first ring with foam aluminum). I got a piece of the small cell stuff. It works well with double-cut mill bastards and 3M unitized wheels for finishing. Other tools are challenged by the material.

I’m going to look into anodizing one, and will also try the large cell sheet. Sizing is tricky too. This started out as a size 11 before it became a pinky ring.

Inventables is offering new customers a $20 voucher to try some of their amazing materials. Send me your email address: info at potus31 dot com with the subject INVENTABLES and I’ll get one to you ASAP.

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Ring-A-Day: Foam Aluminum Ring

Inventables.com sent me a box full of cool stuff today. There was a bunch of super cool acrylic for laser cutting into rings that you’ll see soon. At the bottom was a piece of foam aluminum. I went straight to work cutting, filing, and buffing a piece to see what it would look like. I think I may pour clear resin over the ring to fill the voids with some translucent colors stirred in. This stuff is amazing.

Inventables would rather give you $20 directly so you can play with some cool stuff, than spend it on advertising to try to find you. Send me your email with the subject INVENTABLES to get a $20 voucher.

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