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Widening the narrow end of a thimble eye?

Is there a right or wrong way to open up a thimble (so that it will fit inside a round ring, for example)?
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Apply heat maybe? I don't know...just guessing. I would like to know the answer to that also.
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is the thimble already used on a splice of cable or rope if so the best way would be by using a marlin spike. if not then best to purchase correct thimble size and type before splicing eye be carefull with adding heat so as not to get the metal to hot.
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Use 2 pairs of water pump pliers and twist the ends sideways from ea. other, NOT straight apart.

][ normally closed thimble from split end

] twist sideways (a vise might help)

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Do the same trick w/ chain links and they close tight.
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Sounds like a plan...
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