Jewelry making is a beloved hobby and craft that many people enjoy. You make so many different pieces of jewelry yourself, from rings to necklaces, and even bracelets and earrings!
If you have found your way to this article, then you are probably wondering how to make wire rings.
Wire rings are one of the most popular kinds of DIY jewelry and when you know how to make them for yourself, you can really have a lot of fun with how you design them.
We are going to show you how to make wire rings for yourself and once you reach the end of this guide, you will be a pro!
Making wire rings might seem difficult at first, but as long as you follow the steps we have provided, you will have absolutely no issues in making them for yourself. So let’s get started!
How To Make Wire Rings
To make your own wire rings, you just need a few materials and some patience!
Even if you have never attempted to make a wire ring before, this guide will help you.
What You Need
- Rubber/plastic/rawhide mallet
- One ~21″ piece of 22g wire (20g is also fine)
- Cup burr
- Chain nose pliers
- Plastic or metal ring mandrel
- Flush cutters
- One 6-8mm bead
Step 1: Positioning The Bead On The Wire
For the first step, you simply need to take your chosen 6-8mm bead and thread it onto the wire. For this design, you need to make sure that the bead is in the center of the wire.
You can use whatever bead you want, just make sure that you stick to the 6-8mm size!
Step 2: Work Out The Ring Size
Next, you are going to want to determine the ring size. To do this, you need to get your ring mandrel and make sure the bead on your wire is positioned in the center of the ring mandrel.
The best practice is to start one size larger than the actual ring size you are going for, so if you are planning on making a ring that is size 4, start making one that is size 5.
Step 3: Wrap Your Wire Around The Mandrel
Now that you have decided on the size, it is time to wrap your wire around the ring mandrel. You need to carefully wrap it around 3 to 4 times before you move on to the next step.
You can use more than one ring mandrel for this step. Some people like to use a plastic mandrel for the majority of the wrapping, whereas others prefer to use a metal mandrel just for the initial wrapping stage.
Step 4: Position The Wire Close To The Bead
For this step, you will need to gather the wire underneath the bead. You will want to gather it as close to the bead as possible, so make sure that you take your time with this step and go slowly.
If you rush or move too quickly, you will need to start again, so just take your time!
Step 5: Time To Start Wrapping The Bead
Make sure that you wrap them in a counter-clockwise motion and you also need to make sure that each new wrap goes underneath the previous one.
You can make as many wraps as you want, but around 3 to 4 is advised for this design.
Step 6: Coiling The Wire
Now you can remove your ring from the mandrel. By the time you get to this step, one end of the wire should be pointing up and the other should be pointing down.
If for whatever reason they aren’t, just adjust them to make sure they are in these positions.
Start with the wire end that is pointing up and begin bending it down and through the band of the ring.
Step 7: Finish Off The Coils
Once you have completed step 6, you can start finishing off the coils. To do this, use your chain nose pliers to pull the wire end up as firmly as you can.
Try and keep the coils as tight as possible too, and you can use the pliers if you need a bit of extra help.
You can make 4 to 5 complete coils for this step, but a popular amount is usually 3. It really depends on how confident you feel and what sort of design you want.
It is important to know that the more coils you make during this step, the smaller your ring will be overall, so keep that in mind!
Step 8: Complete The Other Side Of The Ring
All you have to do now is turn your ring over and repeat step 7 on this side. To make sure that this side matches up with the other side, make sure to use the same number of coils!
Step 9: Straighten The Ring Band
Put the ring back on the mandrel and pull the ring down to straighten out the wires. You want the wires to be straight and next to each other rather than overlapping.
Step 10: Finish The Wire Ends
Now, trim the excess wire, use a file or cup burr to round the ends, and use the chain pliers to make sure that they aren’t sticking up.
Step 11: Shape The Band For The Last Time
Finally, you need to flatten out the ring band one more time. Use a rubber mallet while the ring is on the mandrel to straighten the wires.
Once you have completed this step, you will have your first wire ring done!
Making a wire ring can be a lot of fun, especially when you know what you are doing! Use this guide to help you make your own wire ring and when you get confident enough with it, don’t be afraid to experiment!