DIY Ring Splints
Getting Started - Gather Your Supplies
We've researched everyday tools and tricks for DIY'ers that will get the job done at home on a budget!Tape measure or ring sizer
- A flexible tape measure does the trick, and there may be one already in your arsenal.
- A splint sizing kit is fast, accurate, reusable and easier to store.
- Flush cutters are perfect for the job. They slice through the wire and really cut down on sanding times, require less elbow grease, and make your sanding files last longer.
- Any style with marked ring sizes is sufficient.
- Tip: we recommend segregating these tools for metal work only and not using them for personal use afterwards
- Sanding files in varying grits are made to get the job done
- Our specialty splint wire is made perfect for these DIY splints
Step 1 - Find Your Size
- Use an adjustable splint sizer or tape measure
- Find the size around the affected joint (size 6.5 is shown)
- Not too snug, and not too loose
Step 2 - Begin WrappingA ring size 6.5 double band ring splint will be made in this tutorial
- Place the wire at your ring size and begin wrapping the wire around the mandrel
Step 3 - Make the Bands
- Continue wrapping the wire around the mandrel to complete your desired style
- For a double band splint, you will need 4 complete rings
- This will result in a splint with 2 double bands
- For a triple band splint, you will need 6 complete rings
- This will result in a splint with 2 triple bands
Step 4 - Snip the Ends
- Use the flush cutters to snip the excess wire
TIP: Place the flat side of the cutters against the splint
Step 5 - Finishing Touches
- Sand the cut ends of the splint with a nail file or nail grinder until smooth to the touch
- Then push the sanded tips back towards the rings
- Split the rings in half up to 90°
- This will form your ring splint
FINITO! - Time to Enjoy
Congrats on completing your DIY ring splint