Straighten wire with nylon jaw pliers.
Wrap wire around the wooden mandrel 4 times (keeping all wire loops tightly and neatly as close together as you can…try for no spaces between them)
Slide the wire loops off the mandrel and try the ring on for size.
If it does not fit, slide it back on the mandrel and adjust to your size by pulling the wire for a more fitted size.
To make it larger then manuver the wire loops down onto the larger size on the mandrel.
With the wire off the mandrel make sure you have 4 wire loops in total.
(The wires are held with pliers in the image) & thread the wire under and back over all 4 loops.
Do this movement twice (see step 5).
Cut you length of wire down to 40cm or about 15in.
Thread your bead onto the wire.
Place it into position in the middle and loop wire the same as for Step 5 on the other side of the ring.
This will now secure your bead onto the wire base ready for wrapping.
** Hold the ring in your hand I have used pliers for the image.
Thread on the seed beads.
Wrap your seed beads around your main bead (see Step 8 image).
With your round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the wire and continue to make a coil with your pliers, then change to your nylon jaw pliers so you will not mark your wire (see Step 10 image).
When you have coiled all of your wire, secure the end of the wire coil neatly on the underside of the ring.
- If you do not have a ring mandrel than you could try using a length of round wooden dowel, or anything round. Be aware this will not give you a correct sizing like a ring mandrel but it will do for a practice! If you really get hooked on making rings then I would suggest you add a rind mandrel to you list of must get.
- I have used artistic wire but you can try whatever you have on hand.
- You can use chain nose, bent nose, or flat nose pliers for this project.
- You can add more or less seed bead.
- You can use more wire than I have suggested.
- Silver wire is more forgiving for the beginner to work with and will not show up marks as much as a coloured wire.
Most Important of All
Be creative and enjoy making the project, feel free to change it in any way you choose. There is one thing I would recommend is that you make at least one as per the instructions and then go for it!
The Finished Ring
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Carolyne has been a successful practicing artist for the past 25 years and teaches from her private studios and workshops in Sydney, Australia classes in jewelry making and design along with one day specialized workshops in clay/glass/wire and jewelry techniques. You can check out more of her work, get your supplies, sign up for classes, and see a bunch of cool stuff at Hot Dot Designs.