Rings Every Day Month is coming up starting on April 1st, so now is a great time to get ready for it.
If you happen to be catching this after April, this post is full of helpful information about what you need to make wire wrapped rings anytime.
I did a little video with the same information, so if you prefer, you can watch here:
The wire I most often use for wire wrapped rings is 20 gauge, half-hard round wire. You can use any metal you like.
For some rings you’ll need 18 gauge wire and if you’re wrapping a bead or something onto a structure 22 or 24 gauge wire.
I have a separate video and post about wire for making wire wrapping rings here: Wire in Ring Making.
3 Wire Wrapping Tools
If you’ve gone through my free Intro to Jewelry Making eCourse (free when you sign up for my newsletter) then you’re familiar with the 3 Basic Tools You Need for Wire Wrapping.
You’ll need these tools all the time when working with wire and you’ll need them for making rings, too.
- Wire cutters
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
You don’t need round nose pliers as often as the other two in ring making. Also, flat nose pliers are fine in place of chain nose pliers.
My Secret Weapon Tool
You would never, ever use these pliers in any jewelry making except in this context, but serrated chain nose pliers are so helpful in making wire wrapped rings. They’re just like your jewelry making pliers, but they have teeth.
They are helpful to be able to get a good grasp on the wire so you can pull it tightly. You can find these at hardware stores.
They will leave marks on your wire, so be careful to only use them in places where you plan to cut the wire off.
Obviously, it’s important to have something to form your ring around and that tool is a ring mandrel.
Pictured above are two different tools. The metal one is actually a ring mandrel. It’s nice and solid. The black one is actually a ring sizer. It’s a hollow plastic.
I use my ring sizer as a ring mandrel all the time. I like it because it’s lightweight. However, if you’re doing any hammering on your ring, you definitely do not want to use a ring sizer; instead opt for a real ring mandrel.
A ruler or some other way of measuring is very helpful.
Beads and Other Materials
Many of the rings for Rings Every Day Month include beads. You can most definitely use beads from your bead stash. In fact, a lot of the rings are perfect for using an orphaned bead that has really nowhere else to go!
Preparing Your Space
When you are doing a daily challenge such as Rings Every Day Month, it’s a great idea to keep all the tools and materials you’ll need together in one, easy to get to space. That way you don’t spend time finding everything before you can even get to creating.
If you have a dedicated work space, maybe make a special spot for everything. Even if you work off your kitchen table, you can make a basket or box with your tools and wire and have it ready to go each day.
Are you ready to make rings every day?
I would love if you would join me in April for Rings Every Day Month!
There is a free version that includes daily emails that are mostly reminders to make your ring along with an inspirational photo. Once per week I’ll send you a tutorial, but they’re mostly tutorials that have been published on my blog or my YouTube channel for free.
The premium version includes daily emails with tutorials. These are tutorials that I have not previously released for free. They are either videos, PDFs or both. That’s 30 wire wrapped ring tutorials for one low price.
Once you purchase, you have continued access to Rings Every Day Month. You do not need to buy it again. Even when I add new content, you get that for free, too!
Learn more here about both the free or premium versions: Rings Every Day Month.