January 21, 2011

DIY Wire Wrapped Ring


Latest obsession?  Wire wrapped rings.  Do it yourself to see how simple and fun it is.  I hope these directions help you make one for yourself to coordinate with your latest outfit!  You can find all these supplies at your nearest Michael's or bead store.  

What You Need:

  1. 2 feet of 20 gauge metal, silver or gold.  If using silver, get "Artistic Wire" as it will not tarnish.
  2. 1 stone bead (The one pictured cost $1.85)
  3. A ring mandrel
  4. Wire cutter
  5. Flat nose pliers or crimper tool
What to Do:
  1. String the bead through the wire.  You will want to leave an equal amount of wire coming out of each end of the bead.
  2. Pinch the sides of the wire down so the wire runs parallel to each other.
  3. Place the bead with the wire running through it on top of the ring mandrel.  (For the desired size of your ring, wrap one size larger.  For example, if you want a size 7 ring, wrap a size 8 on the ring mandrel.)
  4. Wrap the wire around the mandrel three to four times, making sure the wire goes underneath the bead.
  5. Pinch the top wire down and the bottom wire up.
  6. Remove the ring from the mandrel.
  7. Tightly wrap the wire around the top of the band, near the bead hole, three to six times.
  8. Repeat on the other side.
  9. With your wire cutters, snip off the excess wire.
  10. With your pliers or crimper, flatten out the cut wire to prevent snagging you or your clothing.
  11. Wear, enjoy and brag to all your friends how crafty you are!

26 comments:

{av} said...

ohmygoodness! I've always been curious about these rings! thank you so much for the tutorial! xoxo {av}

Chelsea said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I want to get to making one right away!

What a great gift it would make as well!

you are so clever!

Cassandra said...

Cute! I may just have to stop by the bead store downtown after classes today. ;)

CessOviedo said...

Loved the tutorial! that turquoise stone is gorge ... I'll be def making one or a bunch, they are so easy, thanks for stopping by yesterday and leaving such a cute comment on my blog!

http://blog.cessoviedo.com

Rissy said...

I always see rings like this and think about buying them!

So simple! This gives me good reason to pop into our HUGE bead store downtown.

Thanks!

Gertrude said...

Aww so glad I found your blog! Loved this tutorial.. the ring is gorgeous! x

just the two of us! said...

okay stumbled across your blog and i LOVE it. you are absolutely gorgeous! totally making a ring like this!

Ashley said...

KATIE! youre a babbbe! i lovvvve this!

Lindsay said...

I took a beading class with my Mama last summer and had SO much fun. Unfortunately I haven't been back to the bead store since. Maybe this summer when school is out :)

Alyssa said...

wow, its so easy!!

thanks for doing such an easy tutorial!

Her name is Sophie said...

Love this DIY!
Thanks a lot for sharing! I was looking for some DIY like this for a while.

(You are really beautiful)

I'm your newest follower

x Je suis Sophie

Yours Truly said...

k i just found your blog,
and i love your little challenge!!
A friend and I post our outfits every Wednesday,
but your idea is FABULOUS.

And those nails?? Most def trying them :)

xoxo.
www.stephanieandsuch.blogspot.com

Pia said...

Oh, I love this! Such a neat idea, I'll have to try this! :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

oh my goodness - this is amazing.

Ana Paula from Get Craftin {crafts and a little fashion} said...

THIS IS GREAT!! I'M GOING TO TRY IT ASAP!! THANKS FOR THE TUTORIAL :)

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

umm LOVE this ring! xoxo jcd

Team Babb said...

super cute, squirrely girllie!! :)

J.Lynn said...

You are just full of all sorts of DIYs :)


BTW, I can't stop reading your blog!

runner1996 said...

Thanks for the great DIY! I love making jewelry and I've always wanted to learn how to make a wire wrapped ring.

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