Spiral Galaxy Rings

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Introduction: Spiral Galaxy Rings

About: Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology

First of all, you might think the title is a bit weird. I'm going to explain it in the last step :)
Second of all, the person who designed this ring, is this amazing Etsy shop owner called theWRAPstar:
The ring
The shop
I love all the beautiful wire and bead stuff you can find in that shop, but when I saw this ring I had to try to make it. The ring with the light blue beads was my first try, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Of course, when two people make the same ring, they end up with two different rings. I think the original ring has a bit more of a round, higher look, where mine is shaped a bit more oval, but I like that. It just makes everything handmade unique. The instructable will show you the steps I took to make this ring. I hope you like it!

Step 1: Materials

To make this ring, you will need the following:

- wire
- flat nose pliers
- cutting pliers
- 2 coloured beads
- 2 metal beads
- round object to wrap your ring around

Step 2: Cut a Piece of Wire

Take your wire and use the cutting pliers to cut off two pieces of wire with a length of about 20 centimeter. I used most of it, just a few centimeter had to be cut off in the end.

Step 3: Wrap!

Make sure the two pieces of wire are straight next to each other. When they come across each other on the other side, wrap one side around the other. When you've done that, wrap the other side also.  Continue wrapping them for about  half a circle (just a bit more) to create a circle.

Step 4: The Beads

Let the top two wired stand apart from each other. Add one of the coloured beads to the bottom wire. Now you can take it off the round object, if you hadn't already done that. Bend the wire down a bit, until the wire is crossing the ring part at a point you could call it straight. Coil the wire around the ring three times. The way I find easiest is to fold the wire in half and put it up through the ring, then back down.
When you are done coiling, cut the remaining wire off. First I cut off a bit away from the ring, then I cut again to stop the wire from sticking out. 
Now take one of your metal beads and add it to the top wire. The following steps are basically the same as with the other bead, the only difference is that I coiled it four times instead of three.

For the wires on the other side, you can do exactly the same.


Step 5: Done! and an Explanation of the Title

When I was done making this ring, it somehow reminded me of galaxy. I searched google images and found what I was looking for: Barred spiral galaxy.

I hope you liked this instructable, if you have made this ring, I would love to see it!

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I love this ring and your right it does look like a Galaxy. Was wondering what it would look like with a copper wire. Have you tried that? Just curious if you did, like I said I love it. Great job. I will be making some of these for Christmas gifts.

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I think using copper wire could look great, but be sure to use coated copper wire, you don't want to stain people's hands!

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cvolz

2 years ago

very nice! I'll have to try this :) thanks for posting

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Really clever to make it reminiscent of a galaxy! Must make it for someone I know who loves astronomy. Will share on my blog so others can come here to try it!

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dhogue

4 years ago

I agree with mole1, these would great as ear cuffs! Wow, you're amazing! I actually like your ring better! Thank you for the instructable!

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Shadri

4 years ago

This is gorgeous! And the instructions are very detailed. I've never made wire jewelry before, but I just might have to try now...
One question, what type of metal is your wire made of?

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You inspired me! In typical DIY fashion, I didn't have quite the same supplies on hand, so I modified the design. I had 16 gauge wire and the beads that would fit it were bigger, which inspired me to change the placement as I constructed it.

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