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    Napkin Rings

    Got a request to do a set of napkin rings...does anybody know offhand if there's a "standard" size for the hole?
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    Big enought to stuff a napkin in ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Big enought to stuff a napkin in ...
    Well, the $2 per 5000 paper napkins from Sam's Club roll up to about 1/4" diameter, so I guess I can use that as a lower limit...
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    Here you go Lee, I googled napkin rings and found this

    http://www.madnik.com/napkin-rings.html

    Doesn't apear to be a standard size.
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    Assuming those are inside diameters they list...

    Starting to look like 1-1/4" to 1-5/8" is the answer, with wider ones being bigger (which sort of makes sense, I guess).

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    Recalling from the nicer restaurants that I've been in, the holders usually have a 1" or so inside diameter. Cloth napkins need quite a bit of space. I would measure one from our house but we don't have any since we just use our sleeves.
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Young View Post
    ...I would measure one from our house but we don't have any since we just use our sleeves.
    Here in Southern California, we're more couth...we use the tablecloth. Plus, it's usually too hot for sleeves.
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    The ones I make are about 1 3/4" ID, but that is a little larger than ones we purchased decades ago.

    It started with a leftover segmented "circle" from a bowl, which became a bracelet, but it was thick enough that the "waste" inside the bracelet became a napkin ring. Watch out... if you get started on bracelets and napkin rings, the demand may keep you from getting back to bowls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Plesums View Post
    It started with a leftover segmented "circle" from a bowl, which became a bracelet, but it was thick enough that the "waste" inside the bracelet became a napkin ring. Watch out... if you get started on bracelets and napkin rings, the demand may keep you from getting back to bowls.
    Heh. This whole thing started because my mom saw this and thought it was a napkin ring...
    Attachment 2935
    ... until she realized it had a bottom.
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    Well Lee, at least your Mom uses napkins.

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