DIY wire rings come in a nearly innumerable assortment of designs. Different copper wire gauges allow crafters and DIY jewelers immense freedom in creating their designs. Like other jewelry-making attempts, there are no complex rules as to how the finished product should look.
The availability of jewelry solders also makes it easier for the jeweler to attempt more complex designs. So, if you are looking for a wire-wrapped rings tutorial, you’ve come to the right place. We love making wire rings here as much as the next person, so have a peek and find out how to make wire rings easily from home.
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How To Make a Wire Ring?
As with anything in this world, there is a simple way of doing things and more complex methods. If you are a beginner, experiment with something more straightforward to follow the steps more easily.
As you build your skill by handling jewelry wire and beads, you can fan out more complex patterns. A pattern refers to the actual design that a jeweler uses to craft a piece of jewelry. Today, we will share a simple, single-stone wire ring design that anyone can accomplish at home with a few simple tools and jewelry supplies.
What to prepare?
For this project, you will need:
- a stainless-steel mandrel or triblet
- any rough gemstone that you prefer (Find our gemstone beads)
- a pair of flat-nose pliers (Find our jewelry tools)
- a pair of side cutters
- a pair of snipe-nosed pliers
- about 40 cm of silver jewelry wire (20 gauge) – (Find our 20 gauge jewelry wire, we have different sizes of jewelry wire too.)
How to make?
Follow these steps to create your first rough stone wire ring.
- Grab your wire spool and pull out approximately forty centimeters. Lay the silver wire flat on your working table. Use a ruler to confirm that you have the right amount of silver wire.
- Cut the length of wire with your side cutters. Make sure to cut the wire flush against the edge.
- Place the wire against the triblet and gently form the central circle. This will serve as the foundation. Pre-measure the finger where you intend to wear the wire ring and position the wire on the same point. The triblet is used as an accurate ring sizer. There should be no guesswork with the measurement of the ring because once the foundation is set, there is no going back.
- If you can’t buy or cannot find a triblet, the next best thing is a wooden dowel. However, wooden dowels are not graded, and the sizing will be a little off. Use your creativity to ensure that the dimension of the circle matches the size of the finger so you can wear the wire ring comfortably.
- Wrap the silver wire twice around the triblet or dowel. Leave two loose ends pointing upward.
- Use your flat-nose pliers to flatten one side of the circle. The side doesn’t have to be very flat. You need just enough flatness so the stone can sit more securely as you wrap it with wire.
- As you hold the stone in place, use your other hand to begin wrapping the stone with one end of the loose wires. Wrap across the stone in open arcs until you reach the opposite side. When you run out of wire, use the short excess wire to create a tight wrap on the side of the stone. Move to the next loose wire and perform the same loops, moving to the opposite side. Tighten the opposite end with any excess wire.
- Creating wire jewelry always means you will be dealing with excess ends. Use your wire cutter to cut the wire flush, so there will be no rough edges, and to make your wire jewelry safe to wear. Trust us; any metal poses a risk of tearing the skin if the wiring isn’t ideal.
- Behold your creation – you now have an excellent wire ring with a rough stone!
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What Wire Gauge Works Best with Wire Rings?
There are two styles regarding making wire jewelry – the exact ones, who swear up and down when using specific gauges, and the friendlier jewelers. We’d like to believe that we are more sociable, so we won’t make any challenging suggestions about what indicator of wire you should use.
There is a good reason behind this, too. Wire rings are meant to stay put, and loops bind them. As a result, wire rings are very durable, and if the wrapping is done correctly, there is little chance that the stone will fly away even if you wear the ring every day.
However, if you have no idea about how wire gauges work, we recommend using any wire from gauges 16 to 20. Luckily, online craft and jewelry supplies stores are particular about their products, so it is unlikely that you will get it wrong as long as you keep the specific dimensions in mind.
The most prolific wire artists often free-form their rings using dependable, stainless-steel mandrels. After a time, your hands will get used to forming these wire rings, so making them thicker will be easier, too.
Adding layers is called texturizing, and you can use different wires for this process. If you want a more unified look, however, use a single type of wire. For example, silver wires and copper wires are preferred when making wire rings.
The thicker the wire, the more prominent and durable the ring becomes. Designs that require the ring to take over a larger space are usually made with thicker gauge wires. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of free patterns online. Take inspiration from existing designs and improve them creatively.
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