They take very little supplies. If you don’t have a ring mandrel, simply use a marker or thick highlighter to shape your ring and then measure your finger. It might not be perfect that way, but it is doable!
Make sure to read to the end so you can try out another ring that will really give you some ring and wire working skills!
If you prefer a video tutorial, this was the tutorial in ECT TV Episode 22.
- 20 gauge wire – you need about 3″ for the dangle and a few inches for the ring base.
- A bead
- Ring mandrel (or see above for an idea if you don’t have one)
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- A second pair of pliers would be helpful – I like bent nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Twist your wrist away from you, using your other hand to wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers. After you have twisted as far as your wrist will go, readjust and then complete the loop.
Note: you are making the loop away from the middle of the wire. (This is more clear in the next photo.)
Knotted Bead Dangle
Now we’ll make a knotted headpin and bead dangle for the ring. I happen to have videos for each of these techniques, so if you learn more easily with video they are here for you. I’ll also show photos and continue the tutorial below the videos.
Knotted Headpin Video Tutorial
Bead Dangle Tutorial
Cut a piece of wire about 3 inches long
Wrap the shorter end around the end creating what looks like a knot. You can do this in a “sloppy” fashion or more neatly. Just keep wrapping around the end until you run out of wire or until you’re satisfied.
Trim off any excess and make sure the end is not poking out.
The loop will be crooked, so straighten it.
Going back to the ring base, open one of the loops you made. Open it like you would a jump ring. So, in other words, use your chain nose pliers and open it maintaining the circle – don’t pull the circle apart.
For a video where I show how to open jump rings, click here.
Okay, so you love wire rings, right? And after this tutorial you want even more!
You’re going to love my Wire Wrapped Button Ring eWorkshop! You get a PDF and video tutorial!
This ring is a great way to show your creativity and show off your wire working skills.
Never worked with wire before? Don’t worry because I will show you everything you need to know to successfully complete this ring.
Full color, close up photos and a video tutorial take you the whole way through making this ring!