Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
I like the ring size to be fairly large so it gives the impression that it will come off, then they realize that it is captured, which adds to the unique feature of a captured ring.
I just use a reground screwdriver to cut the ring free. Like others have suggested I wrap sandpaper around the unfinished stem and use rubber bands to hold the sandpaper on. When doing demo's I've use CA glue with accelorator to hold the sandpaper.
Now the fun part is making interlocking double captured rings. You break one ring and then glue it back together very carefully so that it is captured inside the other ring and still captured on the stem. If you do it carefully enough the joint doesn't show.