Wow. I come back to check the place out and all I see is people yakking about me. I am innocent of all charges except for rockpickerforever. We are going steady.
Ok, I will try to help but my explanations can be hard to follow because of my age. Everything now days is blamed on my age. Even the things that I have carried over from before I had age. So bear with me or not.
My method of making rings has been called genious but since I can't spell it I would have to call it accidental. I think you all know of the little drum sanders that you put in your drill, put a little tube of sandpaper over the rubber part then tighten the screw so the rubber tightens up and holds the tube. That is what I use but first I spin the thing in the drill press and use a file to make a notch on the bottom so the ring won't move up or get wobbly. It takes one of these for every size ring you plan to make but the great thing about them is they come in a bunch of different sizes. I place my ring blank on the drum and tighten it up just enough so it doesn't spin when I put the diamond impregnated rubber sanding pad against it to shape and polish the stone. The ring can be flipped over so you can work both sides.
I use a shallow tub of water sitting on the drill press stand then lower the tool down and lock it just above the water so the ring stays wet when I am working it. Shape one side then flip the ring to shape the other side. When you have the shape the way you want it run through the grits until it is polished. The notch in the rubber needs to be just a little bit narrower than the ring width wo the edge of the ring is beyond the edge of the drum.
Making the blanks is easy if you have a large clamp. Clamp a slab on a piece of wood in the tub of water so it can't move then hole saw the ring size, change to a bigger hole saw and when you get through the slab the second time you have a ring blank. The hardest part of this is switching from the small hole saw to the bigger one because of the limited travel of the drill press spiny thingy
The MOST IMPORTANT THING is the stone. Jade is the only thing that will survive. When I started I made a bunch out of jaspers and agate then gave them away to family on the third of July and none of them made it past the fourth. I sourced some jade from people on here and it was a great success except for the incredible boredom from shaping and polishing a bunch or rings so I have not made one for years.
I have been away for so long I do not remember how to post photos but if I figure it out I will put some up. Pat, do you still have the photos I sent to you last century?
Ok, y,all have kept me up long enough, I need to get some sleep because I just fell out and typed three lines of ;;;;;