Step 6: Tucking in the Ends

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Finish off your ring by tucking under the filed ends - you can use the flat-nosed pliers like you did in step 4 to do this. You can also use your pliers to tighten the "bellybutton" by lightly squeezing any arcs that need it - be careful not to scratch up the wire though... (and don't forget to mind your fingers around that pliers - especially with thicker wire because it will take more pressure to straighten the ring and curl under your wire ends)

The two wire loops of your ring may be slightly misaligned when you first take it off the mandrel - to fix this just pull slightly out on the appropriate sides of the two loops using your fingernails until the wires line up.

Well that's it - this is a great little ring and I couldn't make 'em fast enough back when I was actively selling in stores and art/craft shows. Please tweak and embellish the design at will and I don't mind if you sell what you make, just please don't sell the instructions as they've always been free.

Hope you like the instructable!

  • You can also start your ring with only one wrap around the mandrel rather than two. I like two because it's more interesting and it allows slightly more room for the wire ends as they curl under the "bellybutton." You can also pull them out and flatten your completed ring to make a bracelet by linking them together. You should use a minimum wire size of 18 gauge for the bracelet though - the 20 is a little too yankable.
BobbieHendrix6 months ago

This is REALLY cute and LOOKS easy enough for my first try at ring making...if it turns out good, I might even try to add a gem stone or something in the middle to a few of them just to make them a little different from each other for my first craft show. THANKS!!

WIKarts (author)  BobbieHendrix6 months ago
I'm glad you like the tutorial Bobbie!

I've made a few with beads on them in the past so it looked a bit like little planets orbiting around the center. I also made one that had tube beads on each of the outer "sides" but that was a little difficult to get aligned right and I was afraid it would snag.

Have fun with it, and good luck at your craft show!

swinding5 years ago
So cute and easy - I used two 18g twisted together instead of one thicker gauge!  I think it turned out cool - kind of looks like a rose :)  Here's a pic.
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wow this is beautiful
Very pretty.
Love it! Great job!
kittknight4 years ago
that's amazing how cool it looks from a wire, nice one
showkat214 years ago
thanks,very good tutorials.
Sweet! Getting my mandrel and wire and tools this very moment! Thanks for the instructions!
jimjamaroo5 years ago
now i know that it may not be the easiest thing to get a hold of but what about silver soldering the ends so you dont risk catching your finger on the tucked in ends

Toxicity5 years ago
i'm gonna make one to appologise to my girlfriend for something i dont know is my fault. i'll tell you how it goes when i do it!
Thanks, I love this tutorial!!! I have already made 2 rings, beautiful and easy!!