I have been having fun making keychains and earrings with plastic lacing aka gimp, but I also have fun making bracelets, chokers and rings using hemp. Before making too many rings, I needed to buy a ring sizer so I knew exactly what size the rings were after I made them.
When making a ring using hemp, you have to measure the gimp on something round, like say your finger or a ring sizer, but I have found that the size you start out with, isn’t always the size you end up with. Like take the 2 rings in the image above for example. I started making both of these on the size 12 mark, the thicker hemp ended up being a size 9 and the smaller hemp ended up being a size 9.5. That’s why I wanted a ring sizer.
These rings are specifically made without anything added, they are plain hemp rings. I would like to make the rings with beads, but the problem that I am facing is that the seed beads that I bought are too tiny for the hemp to go through. They are the perfect size on the outside, but their holes are way too small for the hemp. My purpose for wanting to use beads was so I could make rainbow hemp rings with beads.
I am not sure anyone will want to buy plain hemp rings, but I will list them in every size (after I have made them in every size with both thicknesses of course) and see what happens. If they sell then they sell, if they don’t then they don’t. I will keep searching for the right size beads so I can keep trying what I wanted to try in the first place.
The ring sizer mandrel only cost $3 with free shipping from Etsy from DarcusTori. It was a ridiculously low price with free shipping, but I figure I should take advantage while I still can. Supplies end up costing me a lot more money than I am getting in profit, so the less expensive everything is, the better it is for me to be able to continue making things that probably won’t sell lol.
Anyway, I want to see about getting some better beads and I will go from there. I think rings with rainbow colors would look awesome. I’m thinking that I may still get some use out of the beads that I have by beading them alone. Of course I will have to find a good pattern for beading now lol. Ugh so many crafts, so little time.