Closing the rings

Now you have a big bucket of rings that you just cut. Well, to form things out of the rings, you will need to close the two ends to form a complete circle.

I use two sets of pliers.

two pliers

two pliers

Both of these work. I hold one pair in each hand. The orange pair actually has bent tips on them. The bent tips work pretty well. It feels more comfortable than the straight tips.

grab the ring

grab the ring

Grab a ring with the two pairs of pliers. Leave the open end towards you. The pliers each hold one half of the ring. The tips of the pliers meet on the ring opposite of the opening. In the image above, the bent tip pliers would come upwards, and the flat tip pliers on the right side of the image would come down. This will bring both ends of the wire together.

up and down

up and down

A better image. Again, bent tip on the left are moved up, and the flat tip pliers on the right move down to close the gap in the copper ring.

closed

closed

The first few will take a little practice. As you move the pliers around the ring, it will close the ring better. You will find the perfect spot for you. If the ring is not closed at the end of the move, slide your pliers around the ring and open and close the ring again. If you pliers are in the correct spot, when you close the ring, the ends will touch and look like a complete circle.

again

again

This position gives you a lot of leverage. Copper is not bad to move, but stainless steel takes more effort.

done

done

Once you are done, you will have a circle.

one completed ring

one completed ring

This is what one completed ring looks like. The ends are touching and you have a complete circle. You can also see in this photo the cut marks on the ends from the cutters. All your rings will look like this if you cut the coils with wire cutters. It looks like a little bite at the end of the wire.

Some of your assembly steps when making the chain mail will call for closed rings like this one, and some will be open to join others together.

Chain mail is just a collection of closed circles joined with open rings that are closed in place.

To open the rings, do the exact opposite steps. Grab the ring with two pliers, and one side lifts up and the other side pushes down until the ring opens.

Go ahead, make some chain mail, have some fun.

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