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Making a Wire Wrapped Ring

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This instructable is going to take you through the steps of creating a lovely wire and crystal wrapped ring. Items needed for this project are: Ring Mandrel, Wire Cutters, 20 Gauge Wire (36"), Crystals or Stones, and Optional are Needle Nose Pliers.
 
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Step 2: Place Wire Around Mandrel

Place your wire around the ring mandrel. You will start your ring at about 1 1/2 sizes larger than you want the finished size to be.

Step 3: Wrap Wire Around Mandrel

To make the band of your ring, you will leave about 6" of wire on one side, wrap the longer side around the mandrel about 3-4 times. You can wrap it more or less depending on your preference. Twist the two wires around each other.

Step 4: Wrap the Shorter Wire Around Band

Wrap the shorter wire around the band wires about 4 times. This will help hold the wires while making the ring. Leave the remainder for now. You may want to keep placing your ring on the mandrel throughout the process to make sure you will end at the size you want. After this step you will probably loss 1/2 a ring size. It will continue to get smaller as you make the ring.

Step 5: Place the First Stone

Place the first crystal or stone on the longest wire and bring it down close to the band of the ring. To avoid your setting from being really tall, try to keep the stones close to the band.

Step 6: Wrap Wire Around The Stone

Wrap the wire around the stone and under the band, bring it back up. If you want to go around the stone again you can. At this point you need to be creative and make your own design. There really is not a wrong or right way.

Step 7: Continue to Add Stones

Continue to add additional stones at this point if you choose. Wrap around the stones and occasionally go under the band to add more strength.

Step 8: This Ring Will Have 3 Stones

The ring in the demo has 3 stones. Your ring can have as little as one stone or as many as you want. It is up to you!
Thank you, great instructions and pretty ring!
Semper Fi3 years ago
Great instructions. I think it's a nice looking ring and am thinking of ways to design my own.
cherub321693 years ago
I love this ring! I really enjoy bead work and this one caught my eye because of how pretty it is but more so because of the peridot crystal you used. My son was born in August and it's really hard to find alot of jewelry for that birth month. Now I don't have to go searching!! Thanks!
dirtybirdie3 years ago
My sister and I went to a festival some time ago, where sellers had booths of neat little nick-nacks and we both bought rings that looked very similar to this. Eventually we lost them, so I was super excited when I saw this instructable. I made one, and I just kept going. They made great gifts for my friends. I even use small buttons as beads and I liked how it turned out :]
(sorry for the bad picture quality, my phone is only 3.2 megapixels and with poor lighting is really bad hah!
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vlslpn4 years ago
I have a ring like this! I purchased it at a craft show. I love it!
I love the versatility of wire and this is a cool, free-form ring. I have a more structured style wire ring with mine and my husbands birthstones that I always wear.

Mandrels are available lots of places, but one of my favorite supply houses is Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping.asp?skw=KWTOOLMANDREL
cjdold4 years ago
You can get mandrels on ebay, but a pool cue is a reasonable substitute. don't use a nice new one though. You can also get long taper punches, from hardware shops, that are stronger.
Crucio4 years ago
Hi Amy, Nice job! Where can one obtain a ring mandrel?
What a great idea, looks like a lot of fun, can't wait to try it! Thanks, Penny
aressa (author)  pennysartroom4 years ago
Thanks! They are a lot of fun to make. Once you get started you won't want to stop!! (lol)
xwx4 years ago
This rocks I love it I'll have to try it some time :D
aressa (author)  xwx4 years ago
Thanks! I hope you have fun making them. I love to make them. They are fast and easy to do!
aressa (author)  xwx4 years ago
Thanks! It is funny and once you get started you want to keep making them. They are fun to wear and make great gifts. Amy
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