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.

Rings Every Day Month 2016

Jewelry Design Inspiration: Rings

Jewelry Design Inspiration - Rings

I am often asked about inspiration for jewelry design.  My personal inspiration comes from many different places.  Yours may come from other places.  I started this weekly Jewelry Design Inspiration feature to give you ideas for your own inspiration.

This week’s jewelry design inspiration:  Rings.

Rings Every Day Month

Sometimes you just want to make a certain type of jewelry and the inspiration is simply “I want to make a ring.”

In that case it’s often a matter of playing with materials and seeing what happens.  Sometimes you’ll have a general technique or idea in mind and go from there.  You might purchase a tutorial you like and then get inspired to make something truly your own using the general from that jewelry designer.

If that’s the case, here are some ring tutorials you might want to check out:

Flower Ring Tutorial

Flower Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Wire Heart Ring Tutorial

How to Make an Adjustable Heart Ring

Stretchy Button Ring Tutorial

How to Make a Stretch Ring

Bead Dangle Ring Tutorial

Bead Dangle Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Spiral Ring Tutorial

How to Make an Adjustable Spiral Ring

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring Tutorial

Wire Circle Ring Tutorial

Rings Every Day Month Premium Calendar

Get ring inspiration every day for 30 days with Rings Every Day Month!  There are two versions:  Free and Premium.  With the premium version you get a new tutorial every single day for a month starting April 1st (the rings you see above!)

Learn more and join here:  Rings Every Day Month.

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!

Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorial eBook

Spiral Wire Jewelry TutorialsLove making spirals with wire?

Want to give it a try?

Do I have the tutorial eBook for you!

The Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials eBook.

How to make a spiralYou’ll learn (with tons of close up photos and written instructions!):

  • How to Make 2 different types of spirals;
  • Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings project;
  • Spiral Earrings project;
  • Spiral Charm Necklace project;
  • Gemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant project;
  • Beaded Spiral Ring project;
  • Beaded Spiral Wire Wrapped Ring (style 2) project; and
  • Spiral Wire Wrapped Bangle Bracelet project.

That’s right, you’ll learn how to make spirals and then put your knowledge to use in real projects!

Spiral Beaded Wire RingPlus, I give you ideas to customize each project and really make them your own.

And you’ll be able to email me if you get stuck along the way!

144 pages of instructions, photos and ideas!

Terms:  You can use these tutorials to make jewelry to sell!  Yep, master the skill and then you can make some extra money!

Spiral Wire EarringsReady to get started?

Click here to purchase

How to Create Amazing Handmade Gifts (Choose Your Own Adventure!)

How to Make JewelryChoose your own adventure jewelry making!

You might think you’re quickly running out of time to create beautiful handmade gifts, but the truth is you still have plenty of time to make jewelry!  Just follow this easy step-by-step process to create the perfect jewelry using my tutorials.  The tutorials are either free here on my blog or in my shop and instantly downloadable so you can get started right away!

Jewelry is so customizable that you can use any of my free or paid tutorials to make beautiful  personal gifts!

Chandelier EarringsFollow along to find the perfect jewelry gifts to make!

Wire Wrapping ToolsDo you already have jewelry tools?

Yes?  Continue reading.

No, but I want to get some.  What should I get?  Click here.

No, and I don’t want to get any.  Click here for a tutorial on how to make a stretch bracelet with no jewelry tools!

or click here for a stretch button ring.


Simple Stringing TutorialDo you want to work with wire?

Yes, but I’m new and I would love a bunch of tutorials all at one time!  Click here.  

(Or click here for a six week eCourse Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, which includes the Wire Wrapping For Beginners eBook as a free bonus gift!  Note:  Rediscover only runs a couple times a year.)

Yes.  Continue reading.

No, not really.  Click here for a stringing tutorial.


Layered Wire Wrapped EarringsDoes the recipient have pierced ears and like earrings?

Yes?  Click here and find an earring pattern you like.  (Or join in Earrings Every Day Month in September.

No.  Continue reading for more options.

(If you don’t know or are not sure, continue on for more jewelry options.)


Wire Wrapped RingDo you know what size ring the recipient wears?

Yes.  Click here for 6 different ring tutorials in Wire Wrapping for Beginners.

No. 

  • Click here for the Adjustable Ring with Bead Clusters Tutorial
  • Click here for 2 beaded spiral rings in the Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook
  • Click here for a free simple adjustable wire ring tutorial.
  • Click here for a free heart and spiral adjustable wire ring tutorial.

(Do not want to make a ring?  Continue reading.)


How to Make BraceletsWould you like to make a bracelet?

Yes. 

  • Click here for the Charm Bracelet eCourse and learn how to make a charm bracelet.
  • Click here for the Knotted Link Bracelet eWorkshop
  • Click here for the Spiral Bracelet eWorkshop
  • Click here for a bunch of free bracelet tutorials

No. 

Continue Reading.


Upcycled Chandelier Crystal NecklaceWant to make the gift recipient a beautiful necklace?

Yes.  Click here for the Beaded Bunch Necklace

Or click here for the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop.

Or click here for the archives of the free necklace tutorials I have posted.

No. 

Continue reading.


Mixed Hardware BraceletWant to make some unique and industrial jewelry?

Yes.

Click here for Hardware Bunch Earrings

Or click here for a Hardware Bracelet tutorial

No.

Continue reading.


How to make a wire wrapped rock braceletDoes the recipient love nature and unique jewelry?

Yes.  Click here for for the Nature Jewelry Workshop.

No.  Click here to browse all of my jewelry tutorials in my shop to see if you find something you’d like to make!