Inexpensive Homemade 4 Band Puzzle Ring


Introduction: Inexpensive Homemade 4 Band Puzzle Ring

I'm guessing I'm the first kid under 14 to make a puzzle ring of this sort (but my cousin is 18 and he helped me figure out how to make it).
I made this puzzle ring after seeing my sister and her bf wearing one. I searched this on google and found this ( I don't use a bending jig
like that guy does, and I'm not nearly as old or experienced as he is). It took several tries, but you'll eventually get it right (I hope...)

 * Disclaimer * I have no idea how, but if you somehow manage to kill, damage, or maim someone or something while making this, DON'T blame it on me. Maybe if you swallowed the wire... :-/

(If you aren't the type of person who's hands are nimble, than you might have more trouble with this.) The way i made this was by bending and hammering 16 guage wire( more or less) DO NOT USE PAPERCLIPS (it's too brittle and will snap easily). I first made a few prototypes to get the shape right. Once I understood  how everything fit together I cut my  "final product" wire into four 10 centimeter pieces (It'll probably be too long, but you can trim it to your size after) I then bent it into shape (see 3rd picture). Fit the two wires together as shown in the 4th picture. Be sure to fix it together (I used tape) until you're finished assembling the parts in the pattern shown in the first pic. You should bend the wire into a shape that will fit together with all the other pieces. 

Note: Click the picture for slideshow (highly recommended to understand what I'm talking err... writing about)
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If anyone decides to make this please post a picture of it. 



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    It's amazing that someone as young as you are (were) figured this out! I'll definitely try this in the future!

    After bending the wires how long are they and are the two different patterns the same length after being bent?


    4 years ago

    You should try making it out of 16 gauge zinc wire, get a dowel rod a bit smaller than the size of a ring that would fit you and wrap it around it , and try to make it out of one piece, then in the back you can connect the too to the bottom, sorry it looks so good in my head it is hard to explain it

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    Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been on 'ibles all that much BUT I actually made one out of Sterling silver a year ago (2013) that looks really nice :D I'll post pictures once I get a decent camera (or figure out how to make the camera I have take good pics)

    Great idea, but the problem is that when I made this I had no idea it would turn out this well, so I used a not-very-good wire (I think iron or some alloy like that) and now it smells terrible and rusted (after I wore it at the beach). If you know how to fix my problem, please tell me how because now I have to keep it in my pocket instead of wearing it. :(

    well you have a few optiions, mind you i am no expert on this subject, but i know a good amount about metals. you could buy a soldering set on ebay for cheap (even jewelry specific) make sure it is lead free silver solder. but what i would really reccomend is for you to buy some wire for making jewelry. the have silver and gold alloy or even coated the is pretty inexpensive. then buy some pliers that they use to bend the wire with out leaving marks on the metal.
    you have a knack for this, with the proper materials and tools you will do well!

    If you do not have the resources or willingness to procure these items and want to fix the one you have. they sell rust remover at home depot or i think you can soak it in wd-40. also look up other methods for rust removal. after the rust is gone you can solder it (lead free silver solder)then polish the steel, then coat it with either clear nail polish or some other polyurothane.

    soldering is easy, plenty of ibles around for that too! and if the solder looks like crap, you can file it down and sand it smooth and you will never know the difference.

    good luck, let me know how this turns out!

    Hi! If you still use 'ibles I just wanna say that I finally made a nice new puzzle ring with Sterling Silver :D
    I'm probably gonna make an 'ible soon. :)

    Here is how you fix the ring you have...

    Start here
    Then proceed to here (using silver instead of copper)
    Alternatively, after the rust removal, get the ring HOT(200F should work for most steels), and apply a hard wax. That should keep the rust from returning for a good long while. The wax soaks into the pores of the metal and coats the surface... preventing oxidation until it wears through.

    I wish I could but I don't have any soldering stuff that could work well for this and even if I did I don't know how to solder it to look nice.

    Well I can because I am the maker, but the only other person (that I know) who can solve it is my cousin Luke (we kind of share the "lukish" account, and we made this together)

    If you're lazy, don't have time, or can't figure out how to make one than you can buy a puzzle ring from Amazon or a website like this: