Making a Chinese Ring Puzzle

A Chinese ring puzzle originally has 9 rings.  However, to unlock those rings, we need a lot of time.  So in this web-page, a puzzle which only consists of 5 rings will be made.   It is believed that once you can solve a 5-ring puzzle, you will understand the algorithm to solve the original puzzle.

 Materials :  6 3/4 inch brass rings 5 pieces of 3-inch wire 1 piece of 15-inch wire Tools: a pair of pliers a ruler Step 1 Make a hook with the pliers on one end of the 3-inch wire. Step 2 Put one ring onto the hook.  Close the gap with the pliers. Step 3 Make 4 more in the same way. Step 4 Make a longer hook at the other end.  The length from the bottom of the ring to the bottom of the hook should be about 2 inches.  Repeat for the other 4. Step 5 Using the sixth ring as the base, put the hook of the fifth ring into the sixth ring and close the gap with the pliers. Step 6 Repeat with the fourth ring, making sure to pass the wire through the ring of the fifth, connecting it to the sixth ring and closing the gap. Step 7 Repeat with the third ring but making sure to pass the wire through the ring of the fourth avoiding passing through the fifth ring. Step 8 Do the same to the second and first. Step 9 Take the 15-inch wire and bend it in half.  Push the two ends of the wire through the 5 rings.  Make sure the wire of the rings is between the 2 ends of the 15-inch wire. Step 10 Bend the wire into a T-shape so that the verticals measure 4 inches from base to top. Step 11 Bend the arms of the T so that they form a sword shape. Step 12 Secure the ends. Step 13 Bend back the ends with the pliers to avoid sharpness. Finish The objective of this game is to "pull" the "sword" out of the rings.

Original page by  LEUNG CHI KIT