what this metal ring called? Answered

These collars are found in a variety of applications large and small, this particular one came out of a broken flatbed scanner. I've seen variants with bearings on the inside ring allowing full rotation in industrial settings and small hobby ones used for axles. So, is there a name for these?

Question by mikeasaurus 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


ring sealing?

I like to make my own jewlery, and i like to make rings. but for the life of me i can never seal the gap between the metal to form a nice solid ring. doe anyone know a site with instructions? is it a term i dont know that as a key word would get me results? sorry for lack of grammer correction im typeing faster then normal and im strapped for time thank you for any help  update, i should have said mostly use steel as a medium, silver and gold is a bit out of my price range, but  do have silver solder lead free. the help so far has been great thank you all so much.

Question by Travpena 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to put my own doodle on a blank silver band ring?

How can I put my own simple image or text on a blank silver band ring?

Question by BriniBoop 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Custom made titanium ring

Hi, Im looking for advice on making a titanium ring for my girlfriend. I choose titanium because shes allergic to stainless steel.  I was thinking of buying a small 3x3 plate or so so I have room to make a few if I screw up. depending on thickness..? Idk what thickness to choose. Then I would need to drill out the inside, and figure out how to size it to her finger by her size.  Then I would have to just shape it somehow. sandpaper? idk. I doubt that but I dont have a lathe available..  so thats why Im here looking for advice, and then after shaping I need to use different compounds to buff and polish it right? 

Topic by 'earl 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Identify a Signet Ring? Answered

My grandmother gave me a signet ring a week ago, and I was wondering if anyone could help me identify the coat of arms on the front of the ring. I don't know what metal it is made from, and there is no visible hallmark that I can see...

Question by ObsidianBlush 1 year ago  |  last reply 2 days ago


Mating gold plated jewely and brass?

I'm working on a simple little design for a present where I have this cheap gold plated signet ring and I'm going to be taking a small portion of those spiral shavings from a piece of brass stock and creating an Archimedean spiral pattern which needs to mate with the face of the ring. The inner metal of the ring is unknown, and due to the thinness of both materials welding seems out of the question. How should I mate these two objects together?

Question by SkylerS12 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


I want to make some steampunk goggles but can someone help me figure out what these are? Answered

I want to make some goggle but for the straps I need some kind of metal ring. Like these But I would rather get them locally. can someone please help?

Question by Iridium7 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is there any way to bond two small pieces of Aluminum together?

I have been told Epoxy, but i'm making a ring and I want to attach a small cross to it. It needs to be durable too.?

Question by Wylder Barrows 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Odd wedding ring materials?

I was thinking about getting a wedding ring in the future and i am not the kind of person who likes to be traditional. My girlfriend is worth everything to me so a ring that would be worth almost as much as her would be a diamond ring made out of osmium, iridium, osmiridium, or platinum. i know that these are all in the platinum family (group) but would any of these make good materials for a ring? i would like an unusual material that possibly has some cool properties (like osmium has a cool blue tint). P.S. i know that osmium when oxidized has a smell and is toxic (and will cause the skin to turn black) i also know that platinum is a "traditional" wedding ring material and therefore can be made into a ring but the others i am unsure about.

Question by pmk222 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Keychain Ring Weaving???

I have seen many chainmaille instructables, but all of them use thick rings with complicated sizes, thickness and blah blah blah... Does anyone know a weave/chain pattern (similar to chainmaille) that can be made using thin-er rings (i have small thin rings that are like Keychain Rings) ~~{ill post pictures of the rings i have for you to see, but i cant right now}~~ I HOPE YOU ALL CAN HELP ME?!?!?!

Question by riyad2212 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Keychain Ring Weaving???

I have seen many chainmaille instructables, but all of them use thick rings with complicated sizes, thickness and blah blah blah... Does anyone know a weave/chain pattern (similar to chainmaille) that can be made using thin-er rings (i have small thin rings that are like Keychain Rings) ~~{ill post pictures of the rings i have for you to see, but i cant right now}~~ I HOPE YOU ALL CAN HELP ME?!?!?!

Question by riyad2212 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Gymnastic Rings mounting?

I'm trying to think of a good way to mount my wooden rings I made. I'm thinking of something like the design in the photo. Its made of 1" angle iron and square tubing and would be atached to a 12"x6" joist that is visible in my house. The metal is welded together Through the hole in the bottom  would put an eyebolt and bolt it in. I welded a nut to a large washer for the support under the tubing and I would use a washer and two nuts on top to help prevent it from loostening. I'm thinking of using lock tight on the nuts. Any suggestions? If I should post more views tell me and I'll render more views. I'm not going to be doing anything crazy, like giants or bails, mainly strength, like crosses and planches/?multicies?.

Question by snowluck2345 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Problem with heated aluminium.

I make balls of aluminium rings from chainmail technics and in a test phase i filled those balls with kevlar, which is being used by the jugglers round here. So, aim was to make burning juggling balls from chainmail. I used aluminium cos it conducts heat very well, so that ppl hardly would get burned from juggling with these balls. Problem is, that the aluminium became rough and prim and the rings started to split shortly after the ball was being set on fire. I dunno bout forging, but is there a way that i can keep the aluminium rings away from this effect (tempering?)? Is there a way to light up such balls without damaging the rings?

Question by Luziviech 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Help with a design for a totally bruttle key ring for a heavy metal fan.?

I just got a new car but the keys didn't come with a key ring. Now, since I am a metal fan I was looking for a keyring that was totally bruttle and cool. Currerntly I can't think of any cool ideas so can anyone help me out? One idea I had was to conceal a taser, that I will be custom making, and possibly a usb flash drive inside. Only issue is that it needs to be light enough as to not damage the key barrel and stearing column. Thanks in advance.

Question by one_fake_user 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I prevent aluminum jewelry from oxidizing?

In my instructable about making an aluminum ring, I made two aluminum rings, one for my girlfriend and one for myself. Mine is still fine; however, hers keeps turning black (oxidizing). I understand this is because she is a girl and her skin pH is different than mine (more basic); but I am curious if there are any techniques on how to prevent this from happening. The ring needs to be polished using aluminum cleaner every other week, but if there was a way to keep its mirror finish, that would be fantastic. Thank you!

Question by kreationism 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how do you build a pinpointer metal detector?

When metal detecting,after locating an area with your metal detector,you can pinpoint the coin or ring easily with a pinpointer detector. Garret metal detectors manufacture and sell one called the garret pro-pointer.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


needs idea for crafts

 I have a few hundred 2009 rabies tags ( i work for a vet) they are blue and flower shape, I am using the rings for another project but If anyone has suggestions I rather do something with them than recycle. I hope this is posted in the right place, this is my first post

Topic by phoebeiola 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Straightening old oil lamp glass shade metal ring?

The lamp is 19th century. The metal ring has bent over the years and the three spokes have come away. First need to unbend the outer metal ring, and then find a way to fix the 3 spokes (have tried soldering, without much success). If anyone knows how to repair this or someone capable of doing the job well, this would be very useful.

Question by PaulS201 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Are you up to the Full Metal Challenge?

I just made a wooden key ring, but I think it would be much better in metal. Are you up to making one? If you post a picture, here's a full year's Pro membership up for grabs. Have a look at step 4.

Topic by Kiteman 3 years ago


can't find metal rings for DIY steampunk goggles. help~ Answered

I've read god knows how many tutorials on making steampunk goggles, and i've got it down pat. i really want to start making my own, but i can't find metal rings for the lenses. i'd really like to use real metal rather than other stuff (plastic, cardboard) painted with metallic paint. srsly, i've looked around. mason jars can be used, but i can't find them. i've also been told that threaded couplings are good but they look more like tubes rather than rings. what do you think i should use? maybe you guys could try and help name some motorcycle / car / plumbing parts that you think are suitable. i'd like something that looks as heavy-duty as the rings on these: https://www.instructables.com/id/Goggles-2/ maybe if i knew what part EXACTLY i'm looking for, maybe it'd be easier for me to look. seriously i'm an idiot when it comes to this; i've only found out what a "threaded coupling" looks like recently. also we don't have hobby lobby or any of your fabulous hobby stores here, so yeah. i'm also an idiot when it comes to cutting metal parts, so maybe suggest parts that don't need much prep. thanks!

Question by holocausticity 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to repair a piece of metal jewelry without soldering.? Answered

I have part of a necklace my mother used to own (the pendant part) that has a broken area(a gap) where you attach the jump ring to the piece. The jump ring I attached is probably thick enough where the pendent won't fall off, but I don't want to take the chance. It has swarovski(sp?) crystals and I'm afraid the heat from soldering would ruin the stones.

Question by amnartist 6 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


electronic/mechanical/ LED-Radio-Decoder Wedding rings?

Hey there,my future wife and I are looking for some fancy wedding rings. Well, we're both geeks, so it should be something that involves electricity or a nifty function ;-)Unfortunaly she's allergic to some metal components often used in steel or gold/silver, so titan or something like that would be more suitable. Aluminum or some plastics would work too, i guess.Thats the problem right there. Even if we'd find something online or a store that makes rings, they'll probably not work with titan since its harder to work with.I found some LED rings athttp://www.flashingblinkylights.com/aurora-color-changing-led-ring-sku-no-10209.htmhttp://www.timhunkin.com/32_jewellery.htmhttp://www.lightupshop.com/resources/lightupshop/html/products_LIJW_1.htmlbut as allways the problem is the metal and of course power.A battery would either have to be replacable or rechargable ;D (capacitor? but even a low current led wont even flash up with a tiny capacitor?)A solarcell so tiny it'll fit ontop of a ring without looking redicoulus would not be efficient enough I'dd guess.Of course, as previously stated, it could be something mechanical (as http://www.switzerwatch.com/product_info.php?language=en&viID;[4]=30&products;_id=1297 for example)A nifty idea would be if the rings would actually do something when brought together (magnetism, induction, mechanism).I also had the idea of the rings morsing the date every few minutes on radio, much like http://www.mcmanis.com/chuck/robotics/projects/eelb.htmlif all fails we'll just look into something cool to engrave (there are rings with laser engraved fingerprints as example) or we'll just embed a electronic part such as a resitor with a value representing the day we've met or such.ANY (cool) ideas apreceated, especialy about LEDs, sources/shops, adresses to shops customizing, and so on (but please, nothing over 50-200 bucks, we're not rich).I hope you guys / gals dont start to laugh at us now. We cant help it. We just want something unique and not a golden ring with some diamond. Some people really have rings that look ugly! Well, geeky LEDs do too, but at least they do something ;-)

Topic by schorhr 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Soldering sterling silver jump rings

Hello. I started working with metals, stones and beads in the summer. I think I am ready to solder as I am tired of some pieces falling apart. I make large jump rings and need to solder them. I saw the instruction on soldering on this website and bought all the tools today. I suppose I am a bit nervous about working with a flame. Could anyone share their experiences when they started to solder? Thanks. Tracey

Topic by SFLTracey 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Old Fashioned Key

I was thinking the other day about how I could make all of the gothy underclassmen even more jealous of me and my accessories, when I came up with the idea of having a giant, ornate key as my keyring. Kinda like in the secret garden, or some other old fantasy type movie/book. I couldn't find any starting points at the craft store, but I was thinking it could probably be made from wood, metal, or some type of sculpting medium. SInce it'll be a key ring and flopping around with keys in my purse, it will be rather vulnerable to dings and chips. Any ideas?

Topic by makaalohilohi 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How can I make my husband a cheap, durable wedding band?

He is a big guy, and wears a size 18 or so. NOBODY makes those except for superbowl players, and we do not have that kind of money! So far I've been thinking of using metal pipes and stuff, but I haven't gotten past the research phase. Does anyone have other ideas? I have a dremel if that helps.

Question by KedaDibandion 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


NES Bedding, Apple Cider Donuts, Metal Casting with Sugru

NES Bedding Apple Cider Donuts Metal Casting with Sugru Hand Lights Dr. Who Inspired Watch Green Tomato Chutney Creepy UV Sun Jar Ultimate Parts Storage Bike Part Belt Make a Dragon Skull Networked Sprinkler Controller Bent Wood Rings LED Monitor Backlight Read Credit Cards Wireless Altoids Display

Topic by randofo 8 years ago


How to bend a house key, car key into a ring?? Help

Hello, I would like to know how to bend a key into a ring. I have the yellow blowtorch that heats the metal faster and which makes the time quicker to heat the key. I'm not sure how long to keep it under th flame for and I need to know what type of hammer to use for the key. I have a ring mandrel and will soon be getting an anvil. Please let me know what hammer I would need for bending and shaping the key and how long I should keep the key under the flame. Thank you, Lauren Kay

Question by LaurenKayStudio 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


anyone tried making a rosary like the ones from boondock saints :) there like 80 dollars on ze web =\

I know you need like leather cord , a thick metal ring, beads, and wood :) and the decoration metal bits might have ago at it myself just wondering if anyone has tried and not posted

Question by jamie396 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Kickstarter Space Engineer creates "real" Mithril

This is very, very cool. There's a Kickstarter project working on  space elevators, using carbon nanotube (CNT) technologies.  One of the supporters asked if they could buy enough CNT to make a pair of wedding rings, because they would outlast both gold and diamond. It turns out that, to be able to make a CNT wedding ring, you need the ability to build a space elevator. They found a compromise, though, and made a brand new material - they alloyed CNT with silver; A metallurgist with 25 years in the field has said that the new alloy has some “interesting” properties. There is a strange ‘crystallization’ to the metal once it cools. We don’t really know why; or what this means. It needs study. There is other ‘stuff’ about this alloy which lead in some exciting directions, but as yet, we have not explored those. In essence we’ve created a unique silver+carbon nanotube alloy. We would like to brand this material “Mithril” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s super-material in the Lord of the Rings… so far, the foundation’s branding people have not returned our calls. (According to their website, it’s an 8 week process.) For a long time during the design and creation of the rings, their existence was a secret.  Now, though, the groom has given these reasons for buying a pair of Mithril rings; Reason #1 - Use this line when you propose, "Many men promise their brides-to-be the stars. It's a very rare man that actually delivers." At which point you can explain the ring, and the potential bride is thusly wowed. Reason #2 - It REALLY shows that you're planning on a better world for your children - aka, you're awesome husband material. Reason #3 - Awesome conversation piece. Reason #4 - Someone shows off their gold ring, and you can say, "How quaint." Reason #5 - The working name for the metal is awesome. I won't say more without Michael's permission. But let's just say, the name is very... enchanting. When the people who see you hear what metal your ring is made of, they'll do a double-take and then demand more information. Reason #6 - There are very interesting properties to these rings that are fun to show off. Again, not going to go into detail without Michael's go ahead. Reason #7 - It's one thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one. It's a completely different thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one that's a piece of history. Reason #8 - Gold wears away easily, these rings may be able to be passed onto your great great grandkids. The full story is on the Liftport site,

Topic by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Viking Catapult, Engagement Ring, Collapsible Utensils...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 20, 2008 Welcome back! Enter the new T-shirt Hacks speed contest! Show us an awesome way to reuse a t-shirt, and win some sweet prizes. The winners for theToss It! paper airplane speed contest are up. See which planes won the Air Instructables Pilot's License. Check out these cool instructables! How to Make a Desktop Viking Catapult Get ready for some serious cubicle warfare with this small-scale adaptation of the classic Viking Catapult. Wargame included. posted by Kiteman on Mar 19, 2008 Create embroidered patches from digital images Follow these simple steps and reproduce digital art in embroidery. posted by bekathwia on Mar 16, 2007 Make a Platinum Diamond engagement ring A professional jeweler provides tips on making your own custom engagement ring using the lost wax technique. posted by chrisparry on Mar 18, 2008 DIY Vintage Jeans... Coffee Style Add a nice light brown vintage look to your jeans with some coffee grounds and just a little bit of time. posted by threadbanger on May 7, 2007 Get Over a Barbed Wire Fence If you ever need to get over a barbed wire fence, these tips will help you from shredding yourself in the process. posted by Tetranitrate on Mar 14, 2008 Twin jet paper airplane Stuck with just a couple pieces of paper and want something to do? This stylish plane is easy to put together and flies fast. posted by neelandan on Mar 9, 2008 Give your old shirt a new life! Pocket-Sized Speed Contest What do you do for your pet? Simple Metallic Laptop Stand The laptop stands keep on coming! This one keeps your laptop cool for under $10 and even matches the look of a MacBook Pro. posted by chris99 on Mar 17, 2008 Pocket sized collapsible eating utensils. Put these mini-utensils in your pocket and simply pull them out to regular size (or super size!) when you need them. posted by Gunk on Floor on Mar 19, 2008 8x4=2 (2 Tables from 1 sheet of plywood) With a simple template you can get two tables from a single sheet of plywood. Use a jigsaw or a waterjet if you have access to one. posted by barnabygunning on Mar 18, 2008 Self watering recycled plant pot for growing herbs and flowers Reuse plastic bottles and enjoy a laid-back way of growing your plants. posted by iPodGuy on Mar 18, 2008 Steampunk Finger Stylus Make a funky stylus for your finger and navigate those touchpads like a pro. posted by robbtoberfest on Mar 16, 2008 Digital 3D Picture Viewer - "The DigiStereopticon" Update an old-timey gimmick with a new one to make photos fun again. posted by JayDub on Mar 17, 2008 Get Your Eggs Ready! Easter is just a few days away so check out these colorful egg Instructables! Hard Boiled Dragon Eggs Dyed Inside! Rattlesnake Onion Skinned   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


What's a good adhesive or epoxy for adhering to metal that can be drilled and tapped? Answered

I've got a 1/4" copper fitting. I'm looking for a non-conductive adhesive to fill it up halfway, drill and tap it so a spark plug can screw into the end. I was trying to find a nut earlier that would screw onto the end of a spark plug with an o-ring, no luck at the hardware store. I'll probably do the same thing with a few larger sized nuts: fill, drill, tap.  And I'm just looking for a decently priced multi-purpose adhesive (non-conductive). And I will be needing a conductive one fairly soon.  JBweld seems to be popular in some groups. I don't know if it's non-conductive. It would also be nice if it could adhere to pvc, too. :-)

Question by Vorenus 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Plating Silver/gold (or any other hypoallergenic metals) on a Brass ring. (Without access to specialized chemicals)

Greetings fellow makers and crafters. First off I want to thank all who take the time reading this question. So, lets get started. A while ago I decided to test my crafting skills and made a beautiful brass ring out of some very old 20mm brass ammo casing. A nice repurpose in my opinion. The brass however oxidizes very quickly and stains my finger green. And it seems like the skin underneath is developing an allergic reaction. Either to the oxide stains, the zinc, or maybe some nickel contamination in the metal? It appears dry and reddish sometimes. Because I put a lot of effort into making the ring and don't want to discard it I finally decided to electroplate it. Plating it with copper would be quite easy as it seems that copper nitrate can be made with citric acid. It would however still oxidize and leave stains. My second thought was Nickel, but I discarded the idea because I seem to be allergic to other Nickel plated Jewelry. Now comes the hard part. I live in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A country where I can hardly come across any chemical supplies. Even simple things like activated charcoal or hydrogen peroxide are nowhere to find. I could silver plate the ring if I had access to nitric acid. But as you see that would require me to buy it from some online store which I really try to avoid. I could start making my own nitric acid with the use of the Birkeland Eyde process. But I'd rather have something more safe, health friendly and without the chance of getting roasted by a 10-20kV transformer. Anyway, back to the topic. I am currently out of ideas on how to approach this project. So I am asking you guys if you know of any of the shelf products which have the required chemical ingredients that I could utilize to make this project a success? Thanks again. ------ And Happy New Year! :)

Question by icemaciop 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Need to purchase small diameter metal tubing with screw-on flush endcaps?

Hello, I am looking for a supplier that sells metal tubing, steel, very small inner diameter with threading inside and end-caps that screw on to make it flush and appear as a solid metal rod (rubber O-ring if needed to keep dry).  I am attempting to make paracord survival key fobs.  I want to fit various tiny survival gear inside the tube, closed on both ends then weave the stitching around the rod.  When needed the user can unravel the paracord for use with what's inside the tube.  It must be tubing because one of my ideas is to put thermite inside a tube, wrap some magnesium ribbon around the outside, then stitch the fob around that.  Other ideas include other types of survival gear but that one will be my fire starter fob.  :)   The rods would be about 2-3 inches in length, wall diameter thin but sturdy, inner diameter maybe 1/4 - 1/2 inches.  Thanks for any help.  Rounded end caps would work fine as well as they would give me more room to stuff things in, but I need access to the suppliers for both the threaded tubing and end caps.  :)

Topic by lmiller31 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How do I remove the rear lens cap from a Canon manual focus FD lens.? Answered

 This is a 50mm lens from a Canon manual focus A1 camera.  The knurled metal ring on the rear of the lens will not turn. I could have installed a cap from one of the newer style FD lenses.

Question by martinm5862 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Key Retractor How to Make

Has anyone figured out how to make your own key retractor/key reel/badge reel? I use them a lot, but none of them have exactly the features I'm looking for. Ideally, I'd like something with: Metal case loop to attach to belt/pants/whatever with string or wire stainless steel retractable wire split ring on retracting end

Topic by jmalin 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How do I determine if something is lead?

I found a hideously fake £2 coin in my change, I bit into it to double check and it left a noticeable tooth mark (also upon closer inspection the gold bits were rubbing off and it had an overall wedge shape to it). Because it's nice and soft and now worthless as currency, I thought I'd try that turn a quarter into a ring instructable with it. After only a few taps I saw a noticeable difference and it now occurs to me that it's probably made of lead. Bottom Line: - Dulled silvery metal - Very soft (can leave toothmarks if I bite hard) - Need a definite way to tell if it's lead before I attempt to make a ring out of it. I know it's not gonna kill me unless I keep attempting to take bites out of it, but I'd still like to know, thanks. (also I don't have access to any chemistry equipment for proper tests)

Question by madmanmoe64 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


xbx 360 RROD? have tried a hot air gun reflow + x-clamp replacement?

Ok so i bought some xbox's with the intention of fixing and selling them. they all have 3 red rings. i have tried using a hot air gun to reflow the board but it hasn't worked. i also added in bolts and plastic/ metal washers to all of them but still nothing. one of them turns on then beeps and goes to 3 red lights. another one goes on for about 20 seconds (with no picture or sound) then goes to 3 red lights. the other one just has 3 red lights. i was wondering what else i can do? thanks

Question by MANIAC 8 years ago


How do you wire up headphones with a microphone to a 1/4'' phono jack with 4 rings?

My friend, asked me to fix his headphones for him.  The jack has broken from excessive stress.  They are the metal skullkandy, with a built in microphone.  I opened up the jack and, am really confused by what I see.  There are four contact points on the jack but 5 wires.  one ground, one green one blue one striped red and one striped blue. I have no idea what to do.  There is a button on the microphone module but I don't see how that would wire up to the jack.  Any ideas?    

Question by junits15 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to Take Down a Traverse Decorative Rod

Hello Friends, Decorative traverse rods are one way to accentuate your windows with drapery. Traverse rods enable you to open and close the drapes with a pull cord. Sometimes one or more of the rings breaks requiring replacement. Unfortunately replacing rings requires removing the traverse rod from the window. Taking down a traverse decorative rod enables you to separate the rod and remove the faulty rings. Unlike standard rods, the traverse rod fits inside a channel clip across the top of the mounting brackets. Unhook the drapes from the traverse rod master carrier. The drapes hang on metal hooks that lift out of holes in the traverse rod. Hold one end of the traverse rod with one hand and turn the decorative end cap counterclockwise with your free hand. Remove the end caps on both ends in this manner. Find the screw on the retaining clips securing the rod to the mounting clips. There is a mounting clip on each end and one in the center. Remove the screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Grasp the center of the rod and lift straight up to remove it from the brackets. Pull the rod away from the wall. Thanks and Regards, Baron Davis

Topic by DELETED_BaronDavis 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Any suggestions on a good power source for an AC electromagnet?

I am building an AC electromagnet as a part of a science project. I'm unsure of what to use for a power source that will safe and function properly. The end result of the project should cause a metal ring to "jump" off of a pole and into the air.. To do this, I need to be able to charge the coil (it only needs to charge for a second, literally). So, if anyone knows of a source with some type of on/off switch or button, that would be great, but I am open to any and all suggestions!

Question by Becky197181 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Toyota corolla DIY Cold Air Intake

So i have this idea, my car came stock with cold air intake, but i want to take it a little farther and do a Ram air intake (the air gets shoved in the car as you drive) what kind of tubing should i use? i have this plastic kind of dryer tubing and some pipe rings (adjustable) would that work? or should i use metal dryer tubing?

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do I weave or make a cast net traditionally by hand using a shuttle and sheet bend knots?

What I would like to know is how to make a cast net traditionally using a shuttle and sheet bend knots, the problem is that I dont know how many initial loops to put on the metal ring in clove hitches, and where to put the spacers, any ideas?

Question by bongo matt 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How can i get into my hubbys locked "popular mechanics" stackable toolbox w-out damaging it?What does its key look like?

My husband locked my wedding ring in his toolbox and he hid the key. its my dead mothers ring, i need it back. how can i open it without damaging it (or without him knowing?) it does open a tiny bit i can see inside,but not enuf to get anything out. what does the key look like?anyone have a pic? its a red stackable metal mechanic toolbox with "Popular Mechanics" written on top left corner.the top flip-up is whats locked.hes angry cuz i caught him doing something really bad, but wont do anything about it.i just warned him.Its all i have of my dead mother . please help! any other women would have left this guy for what he did!!!

Question by tntdrum99 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How do i make an arduino-based Ondes Martenot?

I know only a few basics of the ondes, mainly that it works by having a metal ring disrupt radio waves to generate sound. I have only found one instructable and it is only loosely based on the ondes. Also, I need it to be based on the arduino, because it is the only platform I am used to/comfortable with (other than calc prgms) and many other people prefer it as well. Radiohead fans, Jonny Greenwood uses this in songs including Dollars and Cents (live) and Where I End and You Begin.

Question by szechuan53 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I disassemble a dc brushless fan without breaking it? Answered

I've got a couple old fans from computer power supplies. I'm removing the plastic fan to get at the motor. The plastic casings have different designs, but the core seems to be the same. I remove the sticker and pop off this little plastic cover. I'm expecting to see some sort of bolt or screw holding the pieces together, but instead there looks to be some sort of metal rod with a white o-ring. I'm assuming that's the sleeve bearing, but I have no idea how to remove the plastic fan; other then pry it off or dremel. Any ideas?

Question by Vorenus 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to fasten galvanized pipes?

Hi there, I have a lot of galvanized conduit of various diameters that I found in a dumpster. I would very much like to know how to fasten one pipe to another so I can make stuff with it.Welding: I've read on instructables and elsewhere that you will become quite ill if you weld galvanized materials due to the evolved zinc fumes. Are respirators an option?Lap Joints: I thought of trying to make a lap joint by cutting out matching "half rings" from the pipes, overlaying them, and then bolting them through. I'm stuck as to how to make that cut though. I could do it in wood, it seems like metal would be trickier. Any thoughts?I'm being forced to move the pipe in a week or so; any off-the-cuff ideas would be fantastic, thanks!

Topic by post.haste 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Question on wind turbine design

Are the poles on the top face of your magnets or at the ends? The former arrangement exists in circular disc magnets and the small bar mags used in brushless motors. You may find that you can get more coils in your motor by winding multiple winds around a piece of stiff plastic. Similarly with disc magnets, alternating N/S with a smaller gap between them you may have more magnets and more coils. Also in many hobby brushless motors, the gap between mags and coils is small, 1-2mm. Do you have the mag coil arrangement on both the top and bottom? I am assuming that you have centering bearings top and bottom, but do you have thrust bearings? These are cheap and are simply balls in a nylon ring at the cheapest end of the market. You would have to sandwich these between big washers or metal plate. I think if all of this was done, the efficiency and output would increase. Dave

Question by 10 years ago


Vortex Air / Vacuum Amplifier Help?!

Ok I need something to amplify my shop vac. I am building a cnc machine and I will have a vacuum attached near the cutting head. The problem is the distance of the pipe. The vacuum will barely be strong enough to pick up dust. I have seen some really cool vacuum amplifiers and air amplifiers that just run off compressed air. You get 25x what you put into it, but they want an insane amount of money for a machined metal ring. Here is what I am talking aboutwww.airtxinternational.comhttp://www.airtxinternational.com/catalog/air_amplifiers.phphttp://www.airtxinternational.com/catalog/high_thrust_air_jets.phpIt is all based off of the Hilsch vortex tube. There is an instructable on how to make one. They are just spinning the air to induce the surrounding air to move.There has to be a way to do the same thing or make these for a ton less than what they are charging. Anyone have any ideas?

Topic by Distorted Designs 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


How can I color aluminum wire without annodizing?

I bought a spool of 14 gauge aluminum wire for chain maille. My goal is to have alternating black and natural colored rings used for the maille. In a household metal working book I found from the 80's, they said to,"Mix 2 tablespoons lye into 1 quart cold water. Add aluminum part for 1-2 minutes. Submerse part into household dye mixed according to manufacturers directions until desired depth of color is achieved. Rinse in cold water".I tried this method using RIT black household dye; however, it was not successful. I am trying to dye the wire both RED and BLACK. If no method for the red is found, I can purchase a short length of anodized red wire; however, If there are any chemical reactions for turning the wire black, that would be great. Thanks!!

Question by kreationism 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Portable Drawing Easel

I designed a portable easel out of two pieces of luan (1/8" to 1/4" plywood).  I originally intended to sell them, but decided I didn't really enjoy making them in production levels.  The time vs. cost factor didn't really pan out. Either way, this is a design that might make an artist loved one happy.  It is fairly quick and easy and has a bit of style to it, I think. I added some molding at the bottom to act as a sort of pencil or brush holder.  Just some metal rings to hold the two pieces of wood together and a SWEEEEET woodburning on the front with my name--feel free to put someone else's name on yours! What you don't see in the photos is a leather strap with a small dowel at the end that fits into two notches--one for holding the two sides of the wood from splaying apart when it's in easel mode, and another for when you want to keep it closed for carrying it.

Topic by MakeItWithJason 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago