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How to Make a Simple Wire Wrapped Ring

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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! 

Materials Needed: 

One ~21" piece of 22g wire (you can also use 20g)
One 6-8mm bead
Plastic or metal ring mandrel 
Flush cutters
Cup burr
Chain nose pliers
Rubber/plastic/rawhide mallet 

 
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Step 1: Position Bead on Wire

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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

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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

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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

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Position the wires as close to the bead as possible. Work slowly to prevent the ring from springing out of shape. 
lovebeading8 months ago
Your instructions/pictures are the best I have found for making this ring. And I have tried and wasted a lot of wire with others. So, thank you. My one problem is that I like the look of the wire snugging the stone/bead as in diagram #10. I can't however see how that wire starts snugging the stone when the wrapping is started underneath and moves up with each successive wrap. If I can master that l think I am good to go. Thanks!
ladeekatt8 months ago
Please make a tutorial for some of your more intricate designs like your thumb ring!! Wonderful stuff!
vicky40908 months ago
Just wondering if you did the basic tutorial for the second ring at all??
porcupinemamma10 months ago
Beautiful! You wrote a very clear and inspiring Instructable. Thank you :0)
shazni11 months ago
Gorgeous!
suayres1 year ago
Beautiful work. Most impressive!
How do you make the one on your first finger?
My first attempt of the your ring. I could get stainless steel wire, so I used one and realized that it is difficult to give shapes nevertheless I am able to make one. With practice I should be able to make it more finer. Your feedback is much appreciated.
Thanks you so much :)
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That's very pretty, I'm sure you'll definitely get better the more you make! What kind of bead did you use?
Thanks :). Its a 6mm glass bead.
Beautiful!! It looks so easy, but I know.. it's not!
Ok..so now I have to make jewelery too :D. Beautiful creations and very adorable too.
Thank you :) Have fun!
I love wire wrapped jewelries, I tried to make some but they're not as good as yours. Great job!
dorotea1 year ago
Could you do a tutorial on how to make that second ring you're wearing? I quite like the shape of that one.
CaterpillarArts (author)  dorotea1 year ago
I probably won't end up making an exact tutorial because that happens to be one of the main rings that I sell. But, I will definitely do one that shows you how to make the basic shape so you can customize the look yourself :)
That is sooo pretty! It looks professionally done! I really need to get into wire wrapping :)
Thank you, and you should!
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