Introduction: Making a Wire Wrapped Ring
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.
Step 1: Cut Wire
Use wire cutters and cut off approximately 36" of wire for this project.'
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!
Step 9: Wrap Longer Wire Around the Band
Once you are finished adding your stones, wrap the longer wire around the band 3-4 times, close to the setting. Cut the wire once you are happy with how it looks. You many use the flat nose pliers to help keep the coil tight and press the cut wire close to the band.
Step 10: Wrap Shorter Wire Around the Band
Move now to the shorter wire and repeat the previous step, making both sides match if possible.
Step 11: Your Ring Is Now Complete
Your ring is finished now and ready to be worn. This is very easy to do and makes fun accessory jewelry and a wonderful gift to give someone!