Vintage porcelain rings are great if you need to replace a missing or cracked ring on an old guide, or you want to try your hand at making new guide, without having to cut a ring. As much as we love sharing ‘how-to’ information, please understand that making guides from scratch requires a host of specialty tools, and a fair bit of know-how. It would require a week-long jewelry class, or a considerable book, not a blurb, to guide you through the steps of making a guide or tiptop frame. Until we write that book and produce a companion DVD on the subject, you’re on your own. Replacing a pre-bezelled ring in an existing guide frame is just a matter of de-soldering the old ring and re-soldering the new ring; that’s a minor challenge nearly any good craftsman can master with bit of experimentation. For a fluted ring, you’ll need to create a wire bezel, solder that shut, then solder the ring into the frame. You can also use these small fluted rings to make your own prong-style tiptops, which rely only on bent wire – no soldering necessary depending on your design. Good luck!
These Pre-WWII, German-made porcelain rings feature a fluted design. They’re uniform and smooth. Each ring has an O.D. of about 8mm and an I.D. of about 4mm, with a width of about 5.5mm. You’ll get used to this notation on the vintage parts pages. We use the term “about” because we’re measuring one sample out of a bin of comparable parts. They’re all close enough to be in the same bin, but in some cases they were produced over a period of years and they are not identical.
Product number VFPR-8-WP. This stands for Vintage Fluted Porcelain Ring – 8mm OD – White Porcelain. Sort of makes sense, and it helps us to begin wrapping our heads around all these parts.
Sold in Packs of Five. Good Supply.
Be sure to read our rambling post on the Vintage Guide Collection!