Instructions for reassembling your 6, 8, and 10 band Puzzle Rings.

Photo 1
1. The first step in reassembling your ring is to look for the one band that has been stamped “Sterling” or “14K” Grasp this stamped band with your right thumb and forefinger with the bent part facing downward and allow the rest of the bands to dangle freely from the “sterling” band. Always have the stamped mark facing you throughout the procedure. Photo 1 shows the perfect positioning of the bands.

2. The “middle bands:” The bands that hang directly from the “sterling” band must now be arranged so that the bent portion of these bands are facing outward from the mid-line of the ring in a diamond-like shape. If these bands are not checked at this point they will not go in place toward the end of the procedure. If the “bent” portion of the band or bands happens to be facing the wrong direction then grasp that band and pass it over the top of the “sterling” band and down on the other side so the “bent” part is facing properly. (photo 1)

3. On the very lowest part of the ring assembly there will hang one band marked “Pepi.” (Note: for 8 and 10 banded rings- there should be two other bands hanging on the bottom with the “pepi” band for a total of 3 bands) One of these unmarked bands will match side by side with the “sterling” band on top and the other unmarked band will match flush against the back of the“Pepi” band. The “Pepi” mark must be visible and facing toward you. These sets of bands must be treated as one band for the rest of this procedure.)


Photo 2 (Mouse Ears)

 

4. Interlocking the “ sterling “and “Pepi “ bands to form the figure 8 : Hold the “Sterling” band with your right thumb and forefinger with the stamped mark facing you. Lift the “Pepi” band up toward the left with the bent part facing downward and make what looks like two mouse ears with the “Pepi” on the left and “Sterling” band on the right. (See Photo 2.) Now slide the “Pepi” band toward the right and in front of the “Sterling” band. Make sure the bent portion of both bands interlock with each other at the corresponding knotches and that the “pepi” is covering the “sterling” mark. (Photos 2 & 2.1 show the band on its way into position. In photo 3 the bands are interlocked together. This view is from the bottom of the ring set up and not how it would look to you during the actual procedure.) When this step is properly done the bent portions of the two bands interlock into a “figure 8” and the “middle bands” go into the hole on one side of the “figure 8” and out the hole other side (as seen in photo 2.2).

Photo 2.1

Photo 2.2
5. Next rotate and wiggle all of the bent portions of the middle bands so that all the bent parts are within the holes of the “figure 8.” Don’t forget it’s the “bent” part of these bands that interlock to form the crown of the ring. It helps to get all the bent parts into the “figure 8” at this point because as you put more bands into their proper position, there is much less room to wiggle the other bands into position. (Photos 2.2 & 3 show all of the bands with their bent portions in the proper position.) Now grasp the flattened part of the first middle band-the one facing you on the “Pepi” side of the ring. Be sure the bent portion of the band is centered in the middle of the “figure 8” and that the bent portion of this band goes up and over all the other bands in the “figure 8.” (This is very important because each band has to lay in a corresponing knotch on the other bands and if you inadvertantly don’t put the bent portion over the rest the knotches will be out of position.) Now continue to raise the flat part of middle band #1 to lie flat on the “Pepi” stamped band. The bands should go into position with no binding if the knotches are properly positioned and you have followed instructions. Never force a band as it might bend and ruin the ring Photo 3 shows the 1st “middle” band being lifted into position. Note: the bent portion is above and over the rest of the bands. In photo 4 the band is in place covering the “Pepi” stamp and lying flat against the “pepi”band. This photo also shows middle band #2 being place into position from the back of the ring.


Photo 3

6. Instead of bringing the band up from behind, as in the photo, I recomend turning the ring around and grasping the first band (“middle band”#2) on the opposite side of the ring from the band you’ve just done (“middle band”#1) and repeat step 5. Photo 4 shows the band being placed up from behind but it is probable easier to just turn the ring around. Just don’t forget which side you have just done or you may become confused and have to start again.

Photo 4

 

7. If you have a 4 banded ring you will have finished the assembly already but for 6, 8, or 10 banded rings repeat steps 5 and 6 until all the bands are in place and the ring is completed.

8. If you have trouble placing any band in position try wiggling the band side to side to set the knotches of the bands into place. The bands should fall in place fairly easily. if they don't don’t please do not force them or you may bend the band and possibly ruin the ring.
If any bands just won’t go into position, look at the top of the ring and, by examining the various knotches, you should be able to tell if the band is in the proper position to go into place. If you are still having trouble start the entire procedure over.
If all else fails you may send the ring back to us and we will reassemble it for you. Do not send the ring in a regular envelope as the postal machinery will destroy the ring. Use a padded shipping envelope or box. Please include $6.00 to cover (UPS) postage and insurance. If your ring is bent and needs work an additional fee may be charged. Best of luck! We hope you find you Puzzle ring a fascinating and rewarding experience!

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