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Step 3: Cutting the Rings

This method works best for 'score and bend' ring cutting.  Cut the rings almost all the way through the coil, remove from jig and snap the rings off at the scoreline.  (If you cut the rings all the way through, they can jam the scroll saw blade in the jig and bend or break the saw blade).

   Cut coils to fit into the jig
1. Insert coil into the jig hole and press it down into the hole
2. Take a utility blade and insert it one coil above the top surface of the jig
3.  Carefully bend the coil to the side.
4.  Remove coil and cut the measured part of the coil just below the bend.  Trim edge flush to the top of the coil.
5.  Insert coil into the jig hole and make sure it sits almost flush with the top.
6.  Repeat for all holes.
Screw top down using thumbnuts.  OR use masking tape to secure wood to hold down the coils OR use a nail or metal rod to hold the coil down while you cut  the coil. 

7.  Insert fine tooth metal blade into the scroll saw (40-60 teeth with as small a kerf (blade width) as you can find.
8.  Start from the outer edge of the coil and make a straight cut towards the center of the coil.  The first time you use your jig, you will cut through the wood before you reach the metal coil - see the marked lines in the 3rd picture below. 
9.  Make sure that the coil is secured so it doesn't bounce up and down as the scroll saw blade moves up and down - the coil should be held down by the wood cover, or maually held in place using a thick nail or piece of metal.
10.  Saw almost all the way through one side of the coil.

Note: Thinner gauge wire may need to be supported by a wood dowel or skewer placed inside the coil.
Saw SLOWLY, applying a smooth, even pressure - go SLOW and let the blade do the work of cutting, do not push hard or you will snap the blade.

<p>Updated link for the jump ring maker:</p><p>https://contenti.com/pepetools-jump-ring-maker</p>
<p>thanks for the great idea of the wooden block for cutting the rings :-) I have used so many different ways but end up in a mess :-/ this block idea is the best I have seen outside of the rininnator :-)</p>
<p>&iexcl;Great idea! I will do it for sure :D &iexcl;Thanks!</p>
<p>oh my goodness!!!! :D where has this instructables been all my life, this is just what I needed </p>
i had a simpler and faster idea. get a dowel or PVC pipe. wrap metal wire around it like a tight spring. take a small dremel cutting wheel and cut the sprint just enough to snap it apart. it is very fast.
Yes, a Dremel cutoff wheel could be faster... but the kerf is pretty wide and not suitable for small rings. You can get very thin metal saw blades for rotary tools, which I've been told work really well. Scroll saws are slow, but I already had one in the garage :-). Also, it is safe enough that my kids can use the cutting jig - I am not sure I'd want them to use a cut off wheel yet. Thanks.
<p>If you use a thin blade slitting disk for the dremel please remember to drop a drop or two of light machine oil on the coil before you start. It makes it go so much better. I have done the slitting saw with galvanized as well as Stainless steel. As long as you use oil no problem.</p>
Very nice! makes the whole operation so much easier! Thanks for taking the time to share your ingenuity!
I bet this would work with a jeweler's saw too. The slots may need to be a little wider to prevent breakage of the blade, but this is something I'm definitely going to try!
Sweet thanks I have to try this.
Very Clever!! and a very fast way to make a bunch <br>Thx for sharing your shortcut <br> <br>
Wow thank you! Very cool idea. You saved my sanity!! ;)
That was pretty useful to me as I have a scrollsaw too &amp; an unfinished collection of parts to build the cutting jig in my link. I think the links in the article to the saw blade &amp; spindle are out of date but I found a source in Ohio. http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=6667 It's older, but seems an upgrade to UR project.
Thanks. I looked at the jig in your link - it looks much faster than mine. Scroll saw is not fast, but it's what I already had on hand. If I ever decide to mass produce rings, a circular jeweler's saw &amp; spindle seem like the best way to go.
sent this link to a friend who make his own chainmail armor he will be thrilled to learn of a faster way to cut many rings at once, thank you
Thanks for your idea. I've been looking for a cheaper way to cutting rings and this is great.
You welcome. I'm glad to share what's worked well for me.
Very clever, thanks for sharing it. I make wire rings sometimes, and cutting them is the worst part, without a jig.

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