Introduction: Wire Roses Ring
These romantic wire rings feature a row of three roses. They are very pretty, smooth and comfortable to wear. They are also easy to make and can be as simple or as ornate as you want.
Step 1: What You Need
Jewelry wire - 18 inches of 20 gauge, round, dead soft
Jewelry pliers (flat or chain nose)
Round nose pliers
Note: You will use the mandrel to shape the ring base. While it is very convenient, if you don't have a ring mandrel, find a sturdy object like a fat marker, a dowel or a small bottle that is your ring size to wrap your wire around.
Step 2: Begin
If you have a ring that fits you well, drop it onto your ring the mandrel and see what size it is. If you're not sure what size you need, use a piece of string to measure the circumference of your finger and then put the string around the ring mandrel.
Plan to make your ring a little bigger than your actual ring size to accommodate the wire wraps.
Cut 18 inches of 20 gauge, round, dead soft jewelry wire. You can use any metal, including colored craft wires. Just be aware, that some enameled wire will chip and rings can get a lot of wear. I prefer silver filled, bronze or copper wire.
Find the approximate center of your wire. Set it against your ring mandrel a little bigger than the right size marking and hold it in place with your thumb.
Step 3: Make the Base
With your other hand bend the wire all the way around the mandrel so that it goes behind and comes back to the front again.
Make sure the wires but do not cross in the back.
Step 4: Ring Base
Make sure you have one wire going in one direction on the top, the second wire in the center, which goes around the back and last the bottom wire going in the other direction.
Grab the two wires that are going in opposite directions and twist them together as close to the mandrel as possible. You may need pliers to help you pull this tight. Try to stay on your mandrel sizing mark.
Take your ring off the mandrel.
Step 5: Secure the Base
Take one of the wire tails and wrap it twice around the ring the base, going from the center outward. You will probably need pliers to help you do this. Be careful not to bend the base out of shape. Repeat with the second wire.
Step 6: Start the Middle Rose
Put the ring back on the mandrel and slide it down to reshape the base. Run one wire tails through one of the loops in the center of the ring and pull it through. If you don't have a loop big enough, just run the wire behind the base and end up in the very center of the ring.
This may be tricky, use pliers and have patience.
Step 7: Rose
Now wind the second wire a couple of times around the first one in the center. Then take the center wire and wind it over the first wire again.
Keep spiraling the wires over and under each other as you go around the center shape. You will start to see a rose shape form.
Step 8: Wind the Petals
Step 9: Center Rose
When you have about an inch and a half of wire left, finish spiraling so that the tails point in opposite directions.
Step 10: Adjust the Rose
Take your ring off the mandrel again.
You can use your pliers to flatten your rose a little bit if you want.
Step 11: Wrap the Base
Just like at the beginning, take each tail, and in opposite directions, wind them around the ring base tightly, going outward. Wind each wire twice. Use your pliers. The wire will be getting very stiff and hard to bend.
Step 12: Start the Side Roses
Make a tiny loop on the end of each tail.
Spiral the loop and tuck the spiral under the center rose. Repeat with the other side.
Step 14: Adjust Shape
Put your ring back on the mandrel and bend back into shape if necessary.
Step 15: Done!
Your ring is now finished!
Though I think they look beautiful with a nice patina. It brings out the detail in the wire.
Step 16: Pretty : )
My ring is oxidized bronze with a sealer.
Step 17: Variations
After you've made one or two, try adding beads and crystals to the center of your roses.
You can also try different metals, finishes and embellishments. Have fun!
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2 years ago
The ring is beautiful. I was wondering what you use to seal them with an the other stuff to “change” the color of the wire? Thank you, LA
Reply 2 years ago
Hi, Thank you! Copper is a fun metal to work with; When it sits around, it has that brownish penny color. When you polish it, it becomes bright rose gold. Add a patina and you get dark low-lights, or whatever color patina you buy (most of the really good reds, blues, and greens work best with some heat). These rings are copper or brass with a black patina by Birchwood Casey - Antique black, M-24. I buy it online from Sculpt Nouveau. (It's a lot easier and safer than liver of sulphur.)
When I've got the finish I want, I seal my jewelry with Everbrite coating.
I hope this helps!
Reply 2 years ago
Yes it does thank you so much. Your work is just Beautiful.
Question 4 years ago on Step 15
Wonderful rings! How did you do the patina? Is it some kind of paint or a special chemical? Did you write an instructable for a ring with a bead or gem, too?
Answer 4 years ago
I use a patina by Birchwood Casey - Antique black, M-24. I buy it online from Sculpt Nouveau. (It's a lot easier and safer than liver of sulphur.)
I don't have instructions for the beaded ring, but maybe I should work on one :-)
5 years ago
love this. I love your tutorials I have bought a few from Etsy.
Reply 5 years ago
Thank you so much!! I'd love to see some of your finished projects! Also, if you'd like to give any feedback on the Etsy tutorials, I'm all ears - I want them to be as user friendly as possible : ) Thanks Again!
6 years ago
Sweet! Really pretty! I realy liked this and I am sharing it on my family's cosplay page on FB, https://www.facebook.com/GanAinmCosplay/. I also voted for it! It will be posted Tuesday (9/30/2016).
Reply 6 years ago
Great! You'll be able to use these as the bases for some really good character jewelry : )