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Magnetic Workshop Rings

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This Instructable is inspired by my complete inability to keep track of things, especially tiny ones.  I've dropped countless nails from atop ladders and have completely lost Dremel bits, that I swear...were just there a second ago! 

These simple wire rings use tiny neodymium magnets to hold on to small parts.  They easily hold several nails, a couple bits or those bookshelf things that I always, always misplace.  But they are not so strong that you'll be picking up all the hardware around you or pulling the iron out of your friends' blood. 

Since these are intended to be worn only while working on projects, the emphasis is on speed and ease of construction over durability.  Fully expect them to occasionally bend out of shape or need a new magnet now and then.  If you want something stronger, a soldering gun and more complex wire wrapping techniques could be employed.

Admittedly, the crystals add no practical value, however, being in your workshop all day doesn't mean you have to be a ragamuffin : )
 
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Step 1: Cut and Wrap Wire

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These are the supplies for all the rings.  I've divided the rest of the Instructable by design type as the steps are pretty straightforward.


Materials
16 gauge copper wire
Neodymium magnets
Swarovski crystals
Jewelry glue
Foil (Design 3 only)

Tools
Vise
Round pliers
Flat Pliers
Wire cutter
Mandrel
Metal File

Step 2: Design 1: Double S-Shape (Adjustable)

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The convenient thing about this,and the next, ring design is that since they are not closed circles,  they are adjustable.  So it is not a problem if it turns out the wire was a little too long or short.  You can also wear on any finger.

Steps
  • Measure wire on mandrel and cut (For a Size 7 ring you'll need about a 4" piece of wire.)
  • Use round pliers to create two loops on each end of the wire (S-shape)
  • Turn both ends sideways
  • Bend around mandrel to shape
  • Place in vise and set in magnets and stone
Tttjande4 months ago

What an awesome idea!!! One tip if you want to make the ring hold it's shape better, before you add the crystals put it on the mandrel and harden by hammering. Can't wait to make one for myself and other friends who craft. So tired of constantly searching the floor. :)

sdfgeoff2 years ago
I sympathize entirely with losing things that were right next to you a second ago. I do it so often.
Brilliant solution too.
AlysiaMakes3 years ago
Very clever! I could see this coming in handy when I drop pins into the cracks in my workshop's wooden floor :P
KreaKatri3 years ago
Really great idea, and beautifully made as well!
Great for crafty women who likes to be girly/dressed up/whatever while crafting :)
sabu.dawdy3 years ago
awsome work
mcaliber.503 years ago
i see one flaw in this: the copper turning your finger green. but, you can get wire that won't at any craft store
annahowardshaw (author)  mcaliber.503 years ago
A couple coats of clear nail polish will prevent green fingers...I should have added that. Thanks!
i never would have hought of that! cool!
Myranda_e3 years ago
Uber clever! Magnets are supposed to works wonders on those with arthritis - good for circulation, no? Anyway, this one gets my vote. Good Luck!
ChrysN3 years ago
Clever, and they look nice too!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I've lost so many small bits while working on projects, a neat idea!