D rings are very useful attachment devices for many craft projects. A D ring usually has two parts: the actual D-shaped ring and a mounting bracket. Some mounting brackets have one or two holes through which you can place a screw or bolt and nuts, while other brackets are simply a strip of metal with a mouth holding the D ring in place. The metal strip is soldered onto whatever you wish to place it on, such as a zipper or mirror frame.
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Things you need
- D ring and bracket
- Soldering gun
- 1/8 inch screw
- Needle and thread
Cut a strip of fabric the same width as the flat side of the D ring.
Place the D ring on the end of the fabric so that the flat side of the D is parallel to the short side of the fabric strip. Fold the fabric through the ring and over the flat side of the D.
Sew the loop you made with the fabric tight so the D ring is attached.
Heat up your soldering gun.
Place your D ring and whatever you wish to solder it to in front of you on your work table. Hold the D ring with tweezers if it's very small.
Solder the D ring's bracket to the metal piece you've chosen to solder it to, such as a broken zipper. Try to solder the bracket and not the D ring itself so that the D ring can still hinge freely.
Drill one or two holes into the material to which you wish to attach the D ring. Filing cabinets, drawers, or mirror frames work well, since the D ring can be used as a latch you pull to open the cabinet or drawers, or as a hanger for the frame. Ensure the drill bit you use for the holes is the same size as the screws you're going to attach the D ring with, and that these screws fit through the holes on the bracket of the D ring. 1/8 inch is a typical size.
Line up the holes of the D ring's bracket with the holes you made in the object to which you are attaching the D ring.
Screw in the D ring's bracket. Ensure the fit is tight and the bracket does not move around against the mating surface, since any movement of the bracket when you pull on the D ring can scratch the mating surface itself.
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