This ring is simple, which is not to say it’s easy necessarily, but if you follow the steps you’ll have a fun new ring in no time! Watch the video or follow the step-by-step photos below.
Flower Ring Video Tutorial:
Flower Ring Photo Tutorial:
- 2 Flower Beads
- 1 Leaf Bead
- 2 Headpins (use store bought or make your own – see below)
- 18 gauge, half-hard round wire
- 24 gauge, half-hard round wire
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain or flat nose pliers
- Bent nose pliers or another pair of pliers
- Ring mandrel
Note: You can use whatever beads you like. You may want just one flower, a flower and a leaf or any other combination. It’s up to you!
The 24 gauge wire is for making the leaf into a dangle. My leaf is side drilled so I couldn’t just use a headpin. If you have a top drilled leaf bead, you won’t need this wire. However, if your flower beads happen to be side drilled, then you may need it to make the flower into a bead dangle in this way.
Some helpful links:
Quick Wire Wrapping Tip (making loops uniform)
First slide the flower bead onto a headpin, making sure the larger side is toward the head of the headpin. (If your flower bead is side drilled, use the instructions below for the leaf bead to make it into a bead dangle.)
The loop will be off center, so as you wrap the wire around once, use the chain nose pliers to straighten the loop directly on top of the bead.
My leaf bead is a side drilled bead, which just means it’s drilled from side to side instead of from top to bottom. Cut off about 5 inches of 24 gauge wire. Center the bead on the wire.
Step #8 Twist the wire one time. 24 gauge wire is really easy to manipulate, so I just twisted using my fingers, but if you find it difficult or are using a larger gauge wire use chain nose pliers to twist the wire.
Step #14 Now we’ll make the ring band. You can work right off the coil (don’t cut off any wire) and wrap the wire around your ring mandrel about a half size larger than the size you’re trying to ultimately make.
Or it may be easier to think about it this way: leave about 1/2 an inch where the wire is side by side.
Step #16 We’ll make a loop on each end of the wire perpendicular to each other. These loops need to be a little bit bigger than I typically show you loops. You’ll want to use the middle of your round nose pliers. (It’s helpful to make a mark so that both loops are the same size.)
Hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through. You should be able to run your finger over the top.
Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around one barrel of the pliers.
Twist as far as your wrist will go and then readjust and do the same thing to complete the loop.
Add the 2 flowers and leaf (I added them flower, leaf, flower) and then put the other loop in and close the loop.
I didn’t mention this in the video, but you can hammer the wire to harden it. Use a rawhide or nylon hammer and gently hammer it. I would avoid the part with the dangles and just hold that part off the steel bench block.
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