Learning how to make a simple wire wrapped ring is the perfect way to practice basic wire wrapping techniques. Not only are they a fun accessory to wear or make with friends, but they also make excellent gifts, as well. Once you get the hang of forming a symmetrical, round band, you're on your way to creating all kinds of unique wire wrapped rings!
One ~21" piece of 22g wire (you can also use 20g)
One 6-8mm bead
Plastic or metal ring mandrel
Chain nose pliers
Step 1: Position Bead on Wire
After selecting your 6-8mm bead, thread it onto your wire. Make sure that it's centered. For this ring, I'm using a 6mm natural garnet bead. Both round and faceted beads will work.
Step 2: Determine the Ring Size
Position the centered bead on your ring mandrel. You will want to start approximately one size larger than the size of the ring you want to end up with. For example, I want to make a size 5 ring, so I'm starting with a size 6.
Step 3: Wrap Wire around Mandrel
Carefully wrap your wire around 3-4 times; I like my ring bands to have four wires. In this picture, I'm holding the loose wire ends down so that you can see what I've done, which makes it look like I've wrapped it around 5 times - there will only be four wires when we finish.
Quick Tip: I have two ring mandrels: a plastic one and a metal one. I usually end up using both when I make wire wrapped rings - especially if I'm using silver plated Artistic wire; the metal mandrel will scratch the finish on some of the following steps. Typically, I use the metal mandrel for the initial wrapping (this step) and again at the end when I use the mallet to shape the ring (step 11).
Step 4: Gather the Wire Underneath the Bead
Position the wires as close to the bead as possible. Work slowly to prevent the ring from springing out of shape.