How to make a Ring Clamp Helper

A ring clamp is a tool that if you have one, it makes your life so much easier and if you don’t, you wish you had something to hold your rings and parts to give your fingers a break. If you are using a wooden Ring Clamp instead of a mechanical GRS Benchmate Ring Clamp, today I have a little tip for you that will make your clamping projects a little easier and better.

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Take your trusty ring clamp and find an old bicycle inner tube. I have a couple of kids, so I have a few of these flat tires around. Take out the inner tube and cut it into pieces approximately 1 inch wide.

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I like to use about 3 of these stacked on top of one another to add a little more “spring”. If you do not have an old bicycle inner tube, I have used a series of rubber bands to do the same thing. The thicker the better.

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This will give the ring clamp a little tension and hold it closed, just squeeze the back side and it will open, insert a ring or part, and it will hold the piece fairly firm. If you need extra grip, just insert the wooden wedge to the back and it will do the trick.

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There you have it, a quick little tip for a Monday morning.  As always, thanks for stopping by and If you find value in this content, share it with a friend. Also if you like to keep up to date on the goings-on here, make sure to Subscribe to this Blog Via Email (link in the upper right corner at also check out the JewelryMonk Podcast either on this website, or on iTunes.

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4 Responses to How to make a Ring Clamp Helper

  1. Lennie September 15, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Hey Doug, thanks for the tip! I have two old ring clamps that I don’t use much because the wedge is always slipping. I think your tip should really help.

    • JewelryMonk September 15, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      Give it a try Lennie, I bet you like it.

  2. Lisa A. September 16, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Thanks! I’ve never seen this before. Now I know what to do with those purple rubber bands that come on asparagus…

    • JewelryMonk September 16, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      That is awesome Lisa! Repurposing asparagus bands.