Introduction: Woven Wire Rings

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I'd been eyeing this tutorial of a simple wire ring for a while, but I was unwilling to pay for something I thought I could figure out myself (No offense to the artist! I just like to test my intelligence from time to time.). Eventually, I got around to trying it out over my winter break (whilst watching The Legend of Korra...) and discovered the fun in weaving for aesthetic design rather than to add strength by binding wires. Figuring out the patten for that inspiring ring spurred me to try inventing my own designs, and the rest of the story is told within the steps of this tutorial.

Step 1: Inspiration

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The pictures above are images of my first attempt at recreating the ring I referred to in the intro. I'd love to share a tutorial for it with you (such a gorgeous design!) but this design is for sale by its original creator. If you do want to learn how to make this design, I suggest you non-cheap-and-broke-college-students support the author and purchase the tutorial complete with what will probably be far more descriptive instructions than what I can provide.

Step 2: Materials

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  • wire (I mixed and matched different colors and gauges. Colors: rose gold, black, gunmetal. Gauges: 20, 24, and 26 gauges.)
  • pliers
  • paper and pen to draw designs

Step 3: Introductory Breakdown

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For the base wires that will be woven around, I cut out 20 gauge wire around 3" long. I left a bit excess so that I could curl the wire ends (rather than allowing them to poke holes on the inside of my hand..). For those with soldering equipment though, soldering the ends would work perfectly.

For the thin weaving wire, I cut out about 1.5' of 24 or 26 gauge wire. This length is a generalization only, as the length really depends on how long your ring band is, how much weaving will be done, etc.

For ending the ring, you can see four ways in the above picture. The first one just involves wrapping a lot of thin wire to hide the ends -- the best method I liked for ending rings with 5 or more strands (because loops would take too much space).The next three just consist of curling the ends into loops, and the arrangement of those loops determines whether your result will look like the second, third, or fourth design.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Let's get down to business, shall we?

The ensuing steps will guide you through how to recreate the designs I came up with (ordered in terms of relative difficulty), and instead of instructions in paragraph form I typed them up as notes for each accompanying picture to make step-by-step instructions.

A last note: it's a good idea to practice a bit with weaving wire and searching up tutorials on google for basic wire working if you're new to this. It can be difficult to understand at first. Also, trying out designs using chopsticks and yarn is a great way to test out your design or skill before committing to using wire.

Step 4: Disconnected Stripes

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Main concept: discontinuity (creating unconnected units by repeatedly beginning and ending a design)

Basic guide to my shorthand lingo:

  • 1, 2, 3, etc. = these numbers (unless referring to a number of wraps or something) refer to the thick base wires counting from the top
  • (u) = underhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire up and around.
  • (o) = overhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire down and around.

Step 5: Double Stripes

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Main concept: starting with two wires (starting at two locations and alternating them to create a design)

Basic guide to my shorthand lingo:

  • 1, 2, 3, etc. = these numbers (unless referring to a number of wraps or something) refer to the thick base wires counting from the top
  • (u) = underhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire up and around.
  • (o) = overhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire down and around.

Step 6: Diamond

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Main concepts: starting at the middle AND criss-cross (winding the middle of your thin wire around the middle base wire AND crossing your wires so that you don't end up with a tangle)

Basic guide to my shorthand lingo:

  • 1, 2, 3, etc. = these numbers (unless referring to a number of wraps or something) refer to the thick base wires counting from the top
  • (u) = underhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire up and around.
  • (o) = overhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire down and around.

Step 7: Triple Threat

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Main concept: crosses (inserting wire into a gap to create crosses)

Basic guide to my shorthand lingo:

  • 1, 2, 3, etc. = these numbers (unless referring to a number of wraps or something) refer to the thick base wires counting from the top
  • (u) = underhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire up and around.
  • (o) = overhand wrapping; this means that you wrap the thin wire behind a thick base wire down and around.

Step 8: Have Fun

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Of course, have fun weaving wire for you or your loved ones. Mix and match my designs' concepts to create your own rings -- give your creativity free-rein to design the perfect ring for your unique self. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial; if anything is unclear for you, feel free to drop a comment explaining which step, and I'll do my best to clear your confusion.

Comments

Maker Brothers made it! (author)2017-03-05

Thanks for your great instructions! They were easy to follow.

Ooh beautifully done! I like the red peeking out behind the silver. ;)

KrystalR13 (author)2016-06-26

This is what my fiance made me its a twist version or this

watchmeflyy (author)KrystalR132016-07-08

Spectacular job from your fiancé!

pachytrance (author)2015-12-29

cool

watchmeflyy (author)pachytrance2015-12-29

Thank you. :)

kyserrolls (author)2015-12-22

I really like the way these look!

I can't wait to go to e store to get some wire.

Thanks for the instructable.

watchmeflyy (author)kyserrolls2015-12-26

I hope you have fun then! Looking forward to your pictures. :)

HeatherK15 (author)2015-09-25

I love this idea! and the pictures for the explaining could be a better, but I still got the ideas and the general idea. So, I went ahead and tried to make a one. I will show you a picture when I am done.

watchmeflyy (author)HeatherK152015-12-26

Great; I'm looking forward to those pictures!

isurova made it! (author)2015-08-27

I made it! Thanks for the instructions

watchmeflyy (author)isurova2015-12-26

Nice job; thanks for sharing! :)

maddiedanae made it! (author)2015-07-12

Thanks, for the helpful tutorial!

watchmeflyy (author)maddiedanae2015-12-26

Lovely job! :)

duckwalk (author)2015-09-19

Roobininski made it! (author)2015-05-04

wow! Reaaallllly pleased with how it turned out! I really love fairly quick crafts like this, as if they take too long I get bored. But I have a feeling all my friends are going to have lots and lots of these!

watchmeflyy (author)Roobininski2015-06-04

Oh nice job; looks beautiful!

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Shaktipaj (author)2015-05-02

Congrats on figuring out the weaving patterns on your own !! Nicely explained variations, too.
The challenge of any ring made in wire is designing it so that the ends are dealt with neatly and comfortably. But making those ends almost invisible is the 'Holy Grail' - which was the point of your original inspiration ring. :-)
The way the original author did it doesn't require soldering - the work is done in the round, but leaves the ends slightly widened to keep the ring simple. I'm not really 'giving away the secret' because it really isn't a secret once you start looking at the construction a bit more critically. :-)

But I will say that I would rather have loops turned on the ends than the way the original inspiration shows. Even when they are smoothed really nicely, those tiny ends can sincerely irritate the crud out of the webs between your fingers - and they can definitely catch on knit clothing and hair, since most continuously woven rings tend to try to rotate the 'joins' to the top of the finger.
I've designed many continuous rings, and there are ways to avoid the ends showing altogether - but they require a little more time than many people want to spend. :-) Your loops solutions is definitely the sweet simple answer if you don't want to get into the work in-depth. :-) Nicely done!

watchmeflyy (author)Shaktipaj2015-06-04

Ahhh.. Thank you for that explanation and feedback! :)

Robotic_not_so_genius made it! (author)2015-03-31

I tried to make an interlocking finger kinda thing to finish it but when I tried to size it they came undone. Thanks for this awesome instructable and you must have a lot of patience cause this one took me about 1hr and 30min to make.

Ooh nice job anyway! With more practice I'm sure you'll have a gorgeous ring to show for it. Just a tip: I can see from the pictures that some of your wraps are a bit loose, and perhaps you'd consider making sure every wrap is completely flush and tight before wrapping the next wrap.

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MichelleB9 (author)2015-03-29

Very nice I love rings and look forward to making some. Thank you for sharing!

watchmeflyy (author)MichelleB92015-04-01

You're more than welcome; I look forward to seeing pictures of your rings once you get around to it! :)

Kerirra made it! (author)2015-03-06

Thank you for the idea! It's not something I would have thought of, but it ended up being really fun! The wire I have is maybe a little thinner than I'd like, but it worked, at least for a first attempt.

watchmeflyy (author)Kerirra2015-04-01

WOO great job! It looks gorgeous.

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raylee.hoover made it! (author)2015-03-04

I had really stiff wire and only one color. But was fun to try out! I'll improve over time.

Nice! Looks great ^^.

watchmeflyy (author)watchmeflyy2015-04-01

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bionicgeekgrrl (author)2015-02-28

Nice guide, thanks.

Thanks for your nice comment (and for answering the question below ^^)!

Londonbrig0 (author)2015-02-26

So is your black wire just insulated copper wire for electronics, or are you using a specific kind with a thinner outer layer?

watchmeflyy (author)Londonbrig02015-04-01

Mhm bionicgeekgrrl did a great job explaining the different types of wire you could use. My black wire was "permanently" colored copper wire (called Artistic wire, formally by the brand) and the coating is just a thin coat of color instead of plastic insulation. You could use anything though as long as you like the look; just keep in mind that insulated wire for electronics may be a bit thick and too flexible.

For jewellery wirework there are a few different options. Usually silver/gold plated wire sold by the gauge size, or coloured copper wire. Alluminium wire can be used, but it is weaker so not too good. They're usually sold on places like eBay as 'Craft Wire'

Of course you can also use sterling silver or gold wire, but obviously much more expensive. An option between sterling and plated wire is silver (or gold) filled wire, more expensive than plated wire, but much more durable.

dsantil71 (author)2015-02-25

That was a great instructables on all points - the craftsmanship, the instructions & the photographs!! WOW!! LOVED IT!! Now I want to pull out my wire & tools!!

watchmeflyy (author)dsantil712015-04-01

Haha thank YOU for your lovely comments! :)

erelac (author)2015-02-16

oh this is so creative! thank you for sharing!

watchmeflyy (author)erelac2015-02-19

Haha thank YOU for your nice comment!

LARS Design made it! (author)2015-02-14

Thanks for sharing your knowledge! My first attempt didn't turn out so well, but I learned a lot and went on to make two more. You definitely got my vote!

watchmeflyy (author)LARS Design2015-02-15

Holy cattle -- nice job! I love your color choice; somebody has an eye for picking colors, eh? Your swirls and wrapping turned out beautifully, and I'm glad the first attempt didn't discourage you.

P.S. Check your inbox for a little gift. ;)

LARS Design (author)watchmeflyy2015-02-16

Thanks! One more- for this one I folded the base wire. I wear the swirls on the side of my right pinkie finger so that I can see the back and front at the same time.

I just love these quick and fulfilling projects! I think I'm making rings for everybody this year!

watchmeflyy (author)LARS Design2015-02-19

Awesome job, yet again! Great idea.. love it. ;)

GWorks (author)2015-02-14

Wow, they're beautiful!
I will be trying to make one ^^

watchmeflyy (author)GWorks2015-02-15

Ah thank you! I'd love to see pictures of your finished products when you get around to it. ;)

Eni Dane (author)2015-02-15

I want to have one. How can I get it ? They are awesome!!

kruth1 (author)2015-02-13

I, too, have been eyeing that same tutorial! I never bought it because I'm not set up to solder at this time.
Your versions are beautiful and I plan on making some soon!
Thank you!

watchmeflyy (author)kruth12015-02-13

Ah nice! I'd love to see pictures when you do make some. :)

Peterjtroop (author)2015-02-13

Do they rust?

kruth1 (author)Peterjtroop2015-02-13

Whether or not these rings will rust depends upon the type of wire you use. Craft wire, for instance, is coated and should not rust.
Uncoated wires may rust depending on the material.
My personal favorite-copper wire-will get a patina if not sealed. I prefer copper wire that is unsealed because I like the look of it as it ages. (The green marks on the skin wash off and lessen over time. Some people think the green is a sign that you need more of the trace mineral in your system. I do know that I seldom get marks on my skin anymore.)

Peterjtroop (author)kruth12015-02-13

Cool thanks for the reply.

watchmeflyy (author)Peterjtroop2015-02-13

Ooh a science question for me. The rusting depends on the wire you use. Rust is a name for iron oxides that form when iron is oxidized by surrounding oxygen (with possible additions of water or chlorine) so yes to rust if you have wire with iron in it. More typically wire contains copper as a strengthener in alloys, which does result in tarnishing and patinas for metal creations (Statue of Liberty..) as copper oxides form. This isn't rust, strictly speaking, but another type of oxidation from a metal's interaction with the environment.
THAT being said, in my case I used copper wire with a thin colored coating like you'll find in most craft stores, so I can expect tarnishing if/when the coating rubs off. Hope this helped! (And anyone: correct me if I'm wrong in my limited understanding of rust)

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