How to Attach D Rings

Written by matt scheer
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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
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric
  • Drill

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    Cut a strip of fabric the same width as the flat side of the D ring.

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    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.

  3. 3

    Sew the loop you made with the fabric tight so the D ring is attached.

  1. 1

    Heat up your soldering gun.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  1. 1

    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.

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    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.

  3. 3

    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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