First I'd like to thank you for featuring my previous instructable and for the nice comments!
This project is a wire ring that has an acrylic stone attached. It's not very fancy, but it doesn't require any fancy tools. I got the idea for these rings from a few other projects here. I liked the idea of a ring made from these flat-backed acrylic gems, but I needed a flat ring blank. I didn't have one and I also wanted to be able to change the size of the base that the rhinestone would go on. I just decided to make a ring with wire instead, and I feel that the wire band looks a little more interesting than a flat band that most ring blanks use. With wire, you don't really need to buy any equipment.
Step 1: Materials
- Wire: Aluminum wire; These photos show 18 gauge wire, I prefer 16 gauge. The length depends on how thick you want the ring to be and the finger size.
- Flat-backed rhinestones: I believe these were 7mm, I'm sure other sizes work fine. I got these in a pack of 78 for about two or three dollars from Michael's and I know other retailers must stock similar items. You can use those adhesive-backed gems or the hot-fix gems used for decorating scrapbooks and clothing, too.
- Strong adhesive: For attaching the gem. Good craft adhesives are E6000, Diamond Glaze, etc.
Flat-nose Jewelry Pliers: You won't need to use the pliers that much for this project, but you will need to use them. Round-nose pliers won't really work here. User Wired_Mist recommended using electrical tape around the pliers to eliminate tool marks on the wires.
- Tape: Not entirely necessary but very helpful.
- Circular object roughly the size of the finger the ring will be worn on. Or a ring mandrel. If you can't find anything that's the right size, wrap the object in layers of tape until it is the correct size. I used the handle of a brush on a bottle of nail polish. Another good example would be a tube of chapstick, a spray bottle cap, etc
Step 2: Wrapping the Wire
Begin by wrapping the wire around the circular object (in my case, the nail polish) however many times you like. Remember that the number of times you wrap the wire is the number of wires that will make up the ring band. I just wrapped the wire twice for this instructable.
Secure the ring by taping the sides to your circular object. See the photos for a clear explanation.
Step 3: Twisting the Base for the Ring
You'll find many instructables detailing how to create a ring with a twist on top. This is really similar, but here the top of the twist will be flat so the rhinestone can be adhered,
See the photos for details. First, take the two wire ends and cross them over (first photograph). Then , twist them. Keep curling the wires so they form a flat spiral; you may need to use your pliers to flatten it. Make sure the spiral is as flat as possible.
Make the spiral as large as you want. Use your gemstone and try to to see how it will look like. Cut any excess wire off of the ends once you have your desired size. You may choose to make the spiral larger than the gem itself so its edges will be visible after the rhinestone is glued on.
Step 4: Flattening the Spiral
This is to ensure the base for the ring is flat enough to glue to rhinestone onto.
Using your pliers, basically just flatten the spiral... You may want to cover your pliers in tape.
Now you can tuck the ends of the wire under the spiral or file them down.
The last photo is what the spiral should look like from the side; it should be pretty flat and thin,
Step 5: Adhering the Rhinestone
Choose the gem you want.
Use your adhesive to attach the rhinestone. Let it cure or dry.
Step 6: Finishing the Ring
The basic ring is already finished once the gem is glued! Yay!
If you want to make the rhinestone look like it's in a setting and not just glued on, make a small circle with wire that is the exact size of the gemstone. You can do this by wrapping a small length of wire around something small and circular, then adjusting so the size is just right, then cutting off any excess wire. Then glue the small "setting" around the gem.
If you look at the last photo, you'll see the setting is thicker and flatter. You can do this by hammering the "setting" before you glue it around the rhinestone.
Step 7: Final Thoughts and Photos
Overall, this project is nice to look at and relatively inexpensive. It may not last as long as a ring from the jeweler's, but you can make this ring very quickly and it could be a fun, safe project to do with kids (as long as an adult supervises the gluing!) I've made a bunch of these already. You could give it as a gift or make it in different colors.
Here are some photos of different ones I've made. My favorite is the dark purplish-blue ring. You can see that the band is thicker. The ring in the second photo, I've wrapped some wire around the band and the gem and I think it looks pretty neat as well. The last photo was taking when I was creating a ring with 16 gauge wire. You can see that you can change the size and design of the ring quite easily.
Have fun! I would really like to hear any suggestions or questions in the comment section, or you can send me a message. If you make this I'd love to see it. Thank you for reading!