Introduction: How to Wire Wrap a Crystal Ring
This instructable shows you how to wire wrap a crystal ring with a stone without holes.
- flat nose pliers
- wire cutters
- bent nose pliers
- nylon jaw pliers
- ring mandrel
- 3 feet of 20 gauge wire
Step 1: Fold
Fold the wire in half to find the middle.
Step 2: Ring Mandrel
Wrap your two ends of wire around the ring mandrel four or five times, making sure both ends of the wire stay the same length.
Step 3: Twist
Twist the wire to secure it, keeping the ring on the ring mandrel. Twist for as long as it takes to get to the edge of your crystal. Fold the twist up vertically so it's on the base of the ring.
Step 4: Cross
Put the crystal in the center of the ring and fold the wires downward so they make a cross. Fold both wires to one side and twist them together some more, about how long it takes to get to the edge of the crystal.
Step 5: Tic Tac Toe
Post the two ends of the wires through the other wires so they form a tic-tac-toe pattern. Make sure alternating wires are going above and below the other wires. Fold the wires around the base of the ring until they reach the desired spot and post them through from there, if desired.
Step 6: Fold
Fold the wires to the same place and twist until the center of the crystal.
Step 7: Stabilize
Stabilize the crystal by wrapping the wires a few times around the base.
Step 8: Secure
Secure the ring by wrapping the two ends of wire on opposite sides of the crystal around the ring band. Press down each wrap with bent nose or chain nose pliers.
Step 9: Sand
Cut the wires to a length so that they tuck under the ring band and are not visible. Sand down the ends so they don't poke anybody.
Step 10: Tuck
Tuck the ends under the ring band and press down tight with pliers.
Step 11: Finished!
The ring is finished! Adjust the band and cross wires where necessary to achieve a more finalized product.