This project is a variation ob the twisted ring. I came up with it on holiday, that's also where the pictures are taken, but since I didn't have internet connection, I had to wait until I was back home before I could post this project.
We were in Denmark and were visiting the island Nyord, a small island next to Møn. There was a gallery with all kind of handmade stuff, from woven baskets to amazing glasswork. When we went inside, it turned out the owner of the gallery also made these amazing glass beads. I watched her making them and then bought two of the beads.
She also has a site with a webshop and a gallery
I started to think how I could use them in jewelry and this is what I came up with. I hope you like it!
Step 1: What Do You Need?
- Nice looking bead
- Cutting pliers
- Flat nose pliers
- Round object matching the size of your finger/mandrel (for me, the inside of a lip balm works perfectly)
Step 2: The Basic Ring
Cut a piece of wire. I used about 40 cm. Fold the wire double around the round object. Working with both sides of the wire, make a base of three loops around the object
Step 3: Adding the Bead
Make sure the two side of the wire have the same length. The put the wire trough the bead and move the bead down as far as possible.
Step 4: Twisting
Twist the wires around eachother once or twice. Next, don't twist them straight up but next to eachother, creating a flat, round disc of wire. You can choose how big you want to make this circle, I stopped when it had reached a size slightly bigger than the hole in the bead.
Step 5: Working Away the Wire
Twist the wire a bit further, but instead of making the circle bigger, twist the wire underneath the circle. This will secure the wire, you don't want it unwrapping of course.
If you think the circle is getting a bit too thick because of the wire wrapped underneath it, don't worry. This will be fixed in one of the following steps.
Step 6: Cut the Wire
When you feel like the wire is secure enough and you are happy with the size of your circle, cut the wire off. Tuck away the end underneath the circle, you don't want pieces of wire poking out.
Step 7: Flattening the Circle
Carefully not to damage your bead, flatten the circle by pressing it against something you don't mind getting damaged. I'm not saying it will damage, but you should keep in mind that it's possible.
Step 8: Coiling
So, the ring is almost finished now. You could choose to leave it as it is right now, but personally I don't like the feeling the three loops of wire give when I'm wearing the ring.
I took one of the pieces of wire I cut off before tucking the ends away and used it to coil a small piece, just enough to hold the wires together. Cut off the ends and make sure there's no wire sticking out. If you can't cut the wire close enough to the ring to avoid it poking out, you could use a small file to work away the last bits of the wire.
Step 9: Done
That's it! I hope you liked this project. Have an amazing day and enjoy making everytime you make something.