How to Make Handmade Wire Wrapped Rings

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    by Jody Wilber

    About the Author

    Based in Las Vegas, Jody Wilber has been freelance writing since 2004. Her articles have appeared in "Christianity Today," "The Upper Room" and "The Review Journal." She is formally a high-school English and journalism teacher. She graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to achieve her Master in Education from Sierra Nevada College.

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    Handmade wire-wrapped rings are a trendy and fashionable way to accessorize your newest outfit. These rings also make a one-of-a kind gift for that special someone. Wrap the wire around the mandrel once to make a simple wire-wrapped ring or several times for more intricate detail. Consider making the rings with various types of wire, including sterling silver or bronze and create designs with beads and crystals to match your clothing or personality.

    Things You'll Need

    • Ring mandrel
    • Wire cutters
    • 20 gauge jewelry wire
    • Medium-size crystal bead
    • Needle-nose piers

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    Cut a piece of wire measuring 36 inches.

    Wrap the wire around the ring mandrel about one or two sizes larger than you wish the finished size of the ring to be. Leave one end of the wire longer than the other.

    Twist the long end of the wire around the mandrel three to four more times.

    Crisscross the shorter wire over the longer wire as if you were going to tie a knot. Make one full twist with the shorter wire around the the longer wire. You have now completed the ring's band.

    Slide the crystal bead onto the longest end of the wire, pressing it as close to the band as possible.

    Wrap the longer wire around the bead once and then bring the wire under the band and up again -- wrapping it around the ring band in a loop.

    Wrap the longer end of the wire around the band on one side of the bead three or four more times. Repeat with the shorter wire on the other side of the crystal.

    Tuck the wire ends near the bead as inconspicuously as possible. Clip the ends of the wire on both sides of the ring.

    References

    • Wrapped in Gems: 40 Elegant Designs for Wire-Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry; Mai Sato-Flores, et al.