Introduction: Wire Wrapped Solitaire Ring

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This is an extension of my 'ible on mounting gemstones, in this case I'll show you how to make a ring with a stone as the centerpiece.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

- an already set gemstone with a foot or so of wire attached (I like to just work off of the spool, that way I waste very little wire.)
- a ring mandrel or any round object the size of the ring you wanna make
- *chain nose pliers
- *wire cutters
- *fine toothed files or sandpaper
- *0000 steel wool

*not pictured

Step 2: Wrapping the Shank

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Since the wire I'm using is half hard, it's springy and won't hold the shape it's given. Therefore, I recommend you wrap it a few sizes too small and then stretch it to the desired size. This will ensure that the springback from the wire doesn't affect your final product.

Step 3: Final Wrapping

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Now take that loose end and wrap it around the shank a few times. Trim off the end at an angle, file it down, burnish it with a lil' steel wool, and you're done! Enjoy your handiwork :)

Comments

mercedi.surface (author)2014-11-15

Do you sell your items online? I love these!

gg1220 (author)mercedi.surface2014-11-15

I actually don't, but I could mail you a gemstone or two and you can try your hand at it!

quatch (author)2011-12-25

You can use clear packing tape to take off lint.

How does the loose end do on getting stuck on things like hair? What gauge is the finest you can get away without soldering?

gg1220 (author)quatch2011-12-25

Great idea, thanks!

I don't think I've had any problems with the loose end getting stuck on things, I guess it's just a matter of how small you can get the gap between the end and the piece of wire below it. If the gap is smaller than a piece of hair, the hair can't get caught.

I haven't tried anything smaller than 20 gauge (just a personal preference I guess), but the main consideration is the gaps between the pieces of wire. They're what determine how safely your stone can be mounted. In terms of the shank of the ring and what will hold up, there are plenty of wire wrapped ring tutorials that use 24, 28 gauge wire with no problems. I don't know what you have in mind, but it can't hurt to try :)

sgrossman2 (author)gg12202014-05-13

Lovely 'ables (and I know I'm writing 2 years later, but...), thank you for creating/posting them. And coming from the home of the single-most-sheddingest (it's a word!) -cat in all the world, I've found a combination of, yes, packing tape, perhaps an old toothbrush, and then lightly using the "blur" filter (on specific dust spots) available in just about any photo editing software. (I also finally stopped using velvet/velour -- and hours opened up in my life! ;-)

vicky4090 (author)2013-07-28

Hi, do you attach the stone to the wire yourself?

gg1220 (author)vicky40902013-07-28

Yup! Check out this Instructable for details.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-01-03

So beautiful! Love the detail!

gg1220 (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-01-03

Thank you! The best part is that they're so easy to make :)

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