"Stained Glass" Flower Ring

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When I saw a similar tutorial on Pinterest for this, I was super skeptical. I mean, wouldn't the nail polish simply plop right through the wire loop? But I realized that with cute little loops, the nail polish will make a nice lacquered surface to make a colored petal. Ooh la la......This delicate ring is great for a pretty, budget-friendly Mother's Day gift. All you need is: 26 gauge wire + nail polish. You'll also need access to 2 pairs of pliers for the make-shift wire jig and something round to mold the ring around (I used a highlighter). This tutorial will also dabble a little into basic wire working with a jig, wire wrapping and work hardening. EDIT: If you're thinking, "I highly doubt this will work out," I uploaded a video of how the nail polish goes across the wire frame on Step 3!kk1k 
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Step 1: Make the jig + the flower

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In wire working, sometimes a jig is used to make evenly spaced and sized loops. Jigs usually look like a board with pins sticking out of it in a grid pattern. The concept is basically to have little anchor poles to wrap the wire around. Since 26 gauge wire is relatively soft, you can simply hold 2 pliers in one hand and wrap with the other hand. Hold the pliers with the tips pointing up so you can see the four tips aligned in a square. This is your jig. Now grab the wire about 2 finger's length from the end and start wrapping figure eights with the short end.
chichimus17 days ago

just made my first one. A little tricky but easier than I thought. Thanks for this :)

beadinggem5 months ago
Thanks for the tutorial! I will share and link back on my blog!
retirednurse10 months ago
Brilliant! Thank you.
Congrats on being a finalist in the jewelry contest!
Wuffle (author)  emilyvanleemput10 months ago
Thanks for dropping by to let me know!! Cheers : DDD
namastepixie10 months ago
Here is a picture of the ones I have finished so far

Wuffle (author)  namastepixie10 months ago
oh my gosh! This is AMAZING. I hope you don't mind that I've been showing people your pics:)
Foojay10 months ago
Excellent idea, thank you. I am going to make a few to put on my DYI birthday cards. Thank you again.
namastepixie10 months ago
Thank you for the fantastic idea! I made one this weekend and I just keep making them because it is so easy and really fun. I used 3inch eyepins for the first one and after that I used copper jewelry wire. I also added a small bead to the center of the flower to make it interesting while wrapping the petals and before adding the nail polish.

I also used the cap of the nail polish to form the ring shape because it was what I had on my desk. the nail polishes I used were an opaque estee lauder, a tinted cellophane from stila, an OPI jelly which is sort of see thru, and an opaque shimmery mini nail polish. I hung the rings off a paper clip to dry upside down which has seemed to work so far.

lalakenne11 months ago
What a cool idea! I got inspired and tried some this afternoon ;) Worked out fine!
Ten years back I got a ca. 10cm big flower like that - made from this windowcolour-stuff. Maybe that could be a material for bigger rings as well
Wuffle (author)  lalakenne11 months ago
Great to hear it worked out!!
Wow. 10 cm. I think it'll work out if the nail brush was bigger.... or what if you dipped the loop into a puddle of nail polish..... hmm....
lalakenne Wuffle10 months ago
yes, dipping helps! ;) I also dipped - as the ring I wanted to create was too big for my brush...
Recently I found a small book from 1979: Tauchlack (from Pelikan). It offers instructions for lot of flowers and figures with the same system, just a little bit different paint.
craftmachine10 months ago
I love this! I'm going to try this!
chhaya.ipr11 months ago
it is a wonderful idea !!! i will make many things that way !! like flowers for decoration and curtain !!!
craftyv11 months ago
Love your Instructable and the flowers are so cute. I have used nailpolish before for art work so I thought I would pass on a couple of tips you might use.
1. Put varnish in a dish and coat the wire, tap it well to get rid of drops then LET IT DRY before the next step. (the dry varnish gives the wet varnish something to hold on to).
2. When you fill the "petal" with varnish keep turning it till it settles.(This works because of surface tension as a skin forms in the air). I hope everyone enjoys making these as I did. Thank's Wuffle.
yarngal12311 months ago
wait... so the nail polish just stays right on without having to do anything...hmmm a bit skeptical but i think i'm gonna try it to see if it actually works. Great instructable though! great job
it does, it can be thin but it does stay. you can add layers to make it stronger after the 1st one just drip some for the second (moving the petal to distribute) after than you can brush on layers even put other colors. You can even bend them!
sandrak32011 months ago Here is a description of the dipping plastic film.
sandrak32011 months ago
Back in the '60s there was a product available at hobby stores that did this. I can't remember it's name, but it came in pint tins and many colors. The plastic was, not opaque, easy to use, and dried quickly.
eielofview11 months ago
This does actually work. I made pretty little copper flowers with this method! just make sure your flower is not wider than your brush at any point. When it takes let it sit even if you think it is too thin. you can come back later and add more paint by dripping it on to make it thicker and sturdier.
nina_gw311 months ago
Ugh. Can't get it to work! But will keep trying :)
Wuffle (author)  nina_gw311 months ago
I've just embedded a video of it on Step 3 and you can really tell how the thing works when you get a good glob of nail polish on the hoop and how spreads out across the loop. Hope this helps!
lindarose9211 months ago
This is really nice! I saw it on Pinterest too and tried it just a few days ago but I couldn't make it work :( Maybe it depends on the nail polish...
Make sure your loops are small enough for the surface tension to take hold.
Wuffle (author)  lindarose9211 months ago
I tried it with some of my thinner nail polishes and those worked fine. I feel like making the wire loops smaller would definitely help though!
lindarose92 Wuffle11 months ago
Thank you for the advice, I will try again! :)
Oh, that effect is beautiful! So do you hold it and add the nail polish or do you need to set it down on something like wax paper?
Wuffle (author)  Penolopy Bulnick11 months ago
Yup, I just held it the flower in one hand and applied the nail polish with a another. The nail polish makes a film across the wire loop kinda the same way that bubble solution works on a bubble wands.
zeyanimisbah11 months ago
This is awsome :) definetely will try. Thank you soo much
amazing! I'm going to try but not sure if I can! great work :)
sabu.dawdy11 months ago

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