Materials & Tools Needed for Rings Every Day Month

Tools and Materials for Rings Every Day Month

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:

Wire

Tools and Materials for Rings Every Day Month

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

Tools and Materials for Rings Every Day Month

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.

They are:

  • 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

Tools and Materials for Rings Every Day Month

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.

Ring Mandrel

Tools and Materials for Rings Every Day Month

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.

Ruler

Tools and Materials for Rings Every Day Month

A ruler or some other way of measuring is very helpful.

Beads and Other Materials

Beads

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?

Rings Every Day Month

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.

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Where to Get Tools for Making Jewelry

Where to get tools for making jewelry

I often get different jewelry making questions.  (Feel free to contact me to ask me a question!)

Today I got this question:

“I’d like to know where I can find jewelry making tools.”

Answer:

If you’re just getting started making jewelry, first think about the budget you have to spend on tools.  What tools you can start with really vary based on the amount of money you can/want to spend.

When you are just very first getting started it probably makes sense to not spend a ton of money on tools unless you’re really sure it’s something you’re going to keep doing.  Jewelry making tools can get really expensive.  You don’t have to start out buying expensive tools right away.

On top of that, sometimes you don’t really know what tools you’ll use the most.  There are different tools for different types of jewelry making and you’ll probably find that there are certain tools you’ll use the most.

After you’ve been making jewelry for a little while and figure out which tools you’ll actually use the most you can upgrade those tools to the nicer, more expensive versions.

For example, when I first started making wire jewelry I got a beginner set of pliers and wire cutters.  As I’ve learned which tools I use the most (and frankly, as I’ve worn them out) I’ve replaced those specific tools with better quality tools.

(Once you have quality tools they will last you a long time!)

3 Basic Wire Wrapping Tools

If you’re making a lot of wire jewelry, I recommend these 3 basic tools that you’ll use over and over again:  wire cutters, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.

I also have an article I wrote about making jewelry on a shoestring budget that gives you options for switching out tools for items you may have around your house.

Having said that, I’m going to give you a bunch of options and hopefully at least one of them will work for you.

Where to get tools for making jewelry

Where to get tools for making jewelry:

1.  Your toolbox.

When I got started to begin with I found tools in my dad’s toolbox that worked for some things.

This is not a long term solution if you’re going to be making a lot of jewelry, but if you’re just curious to get started it’s a start.

Steer clear of tools that are serrated or have teeth on them because they’ll leave marks on your wire.

2.  Barrow them.

If you’re just getting started, ask a friend to use hers.  Then you can find out what tools you’ll really use the most and then invest in those.

3.  Buy them at craft stores.

I quickly found that I needed tools not from my dad’s toolbox (see #1) and needed to get a set.  My first set came from A.C. Moore.

And better yet, you can use the coupons that stores like Michael’s, Joann’s or A.C. Moore have online to get 40% or more off a set of tools.  They also sell individual tools so you can pick and choose.

If you don’t have these stores nearby, you can check out their online stores as well and get the same deals most of the time.

4.  Jewelry supply stores.

I purchased the tools I use every day now at Rio Grande.  (I don’t see the set that I purchased on their website right now.)

Here are some options of jewelry supply stores:

Rio Grande

Fire Mountain Gems

Art Beads

Happy Mango Beads has a selection of inexpensive tools.

Basically anywhere you find jewelry making supplies like beads, that store will probably also sell tools.

5.  Amazon

And, of course, like everything else, you can find tools for making jewelry on Amazon.

{That’s an affiliate link for Amazon.  If you make a purchase, I get a tiny percentage of it.  You won’t pay more for using it!}

You can also find them in places like garage sales or sometimes on Craigslist or eBay someone will be selling a lot of jewelry making supplies that they’re no longer using and you can get a good deal on tools.

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Jewelry Making Tool Organization

Jewelry Making Tool Organization

I never really thought too much about organizing my tools in a way that worked for me.  I basically kept them all in a big basket and would grab what I needed out of the basket whenever I was making jewelry.

Then I started to accumulate more and more tools.  I had old ones that I don’t use along with the new ones I use constantly.  I was always digging around.

Then I found this acrylic tool holder.

Jewelry Making Tool Organization

To be honest, I didn’t think it would make that big of a difference.  I figured that I would basically do what I did before, but instead of digging around a basket they would be neatly hanging on this tool organizer.

I was wrong!  This has helped so significantly in my work flow.  I have all of my most used tools right at my fingertips at any time.  I can move it around easily to wherever I’m working.  When I’m making my ETC TV videos, I have everything right there.  I don’t have to stop what I’m doing because I suddenly need to grab a tool I forgot to grab.

At first I tried putting a lot more tools on this thing.  It didn’t work as well.  Now I have the tools that I use most often and it works great!

I got mine at Fire Mountain Gems, but I think these are pretty common at most jewelry supply stores.

How do you organize your jewelry making tools?

Jewelry Supply Thrift Store Haul

I’m always talking about going to the thrift store to find jewelry making supplies.  Sometimes I find jewelry pieces to take apart, but this time I found actual jewelry making supplies.

Make sure to tune in tomorrow for ECT TV Episode 43 where I use some of these supplies to make a fun necklace!

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Wire in Ring Making

Wire in Ring Making

I’m often asked about what wire to use for jewelry making projects.  The answer really depends on the project you’re making.

In this video I tell you about the main wire used for ring making.

Important things to remember:

1.  The wire you use will depend on the actual ring you’re making.  If you’re making a ring from a tutorial of mine, I will tell you what type of wire to use.

2.  If you are new to jewelry making or if you’re experimenting with a ring project, you probably want to use a less expensive wire to experiment with such as copper, brass or a plated copper wire.  You can find these wires in craft stores in the jewelry making section or even in hardware stores (for brass and copper.)

3.  The number for ring gauge is higher for thinner wires and lower for thicker wires.  So 18 gauge wire is thicker than 20 gauge wire.

4.  If you don’t have exactly the gauge of wire that is called for in a project, don’t be afraid to experiment with other gauges of wire.

Rings Every Day Month

Ready for a challenge?  Check out my Rings Every Day Month Challenge coming up in April!