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

How Daily Challenges Can Help Your Creativity (and Rings Every Day Month)

Rings Every Day Month

Sometimes I don’t feel really creative.  Creativity is not something you learn and then that’s it:  you’re creative!  You have to keep practicing it.  You have to keep doing creative activities to stay in that mindset.

Sometimes I get really busy and don’t take time out for my own creativity.  I like to do something just for myself that is creative every day.  Sometimes one day goes by and then another.  And before you know it, I don’t remember the last the I did something creative just for myself.

I talk about all kinds of ways to help your creativity here on this blog.  I have found that when I realize that I’m not taking time for myself to be creative that a daily challenge helps me.  It doesn’t have to be intense.  It can be a small amount of daily time, such as “I will take 30 minutes to do something creative each day for a month.”

It’s great because it’s not forever.  I’m not saying that I’ll be making a piece of jewelry every day for 5 years.  I’m simply doing it for a month.  And at the end of the month I will see how I feel.  Maybe I will want to continue a daily creative practice.  Maybe I’ll cut it down to weekly or something else entirely.

Sometimes I focus on a particular thing, such as earrings (like we did last September.)  Or somethings I’ll just say, “For 30 minutes each day I will do a creative activity” and it’s more laid back.

I do find, however, it’s so much easier when I have everything set up and ready to go each day so when I sit down to my work table I can just start.  So focusing on one specific thing a day for a month is perfect for me.

Obviously jewelry making is my favorite thing.  I love designing jewelry.  I love making jewelry.  I love accessorizing my outfits with jewelry.  And I love sharing my work with others.  And lately I’ve been really into making wire wrapped rings!

Does that sound like something that can help you, too? 

Wire Wrapped Rings eCourse + Rings Every Day Month

If so, I invite you to join in with Rings Every Day Month starting on April 1st!  I’m going to guide you along, so you don’t have to remember each day.  I’ll be your inspirational accountability partner, gently giving you daily reminders to make a ring!

There are 2 options you can choose from for Rings Every Day Month:

Rings Every Day Month Table

The absolutely free version where you will get daily inspirational emails from me.  Once a week I’ll send you a ring tutorial.

Or the premium (paid) version.  That version includes a DAILY ring tutorial, 30 in total, so you can also learn new ring designs as you go along.

The ring tutorials are all with wire and beads and other materials.  You don’t need any special metalsmithing skills or tools.  Just wire, a ring mandrel, beads and a basic tools.  (On Tuesday I’m going to do a whole post just about the tools you need to make wire wrapped rings!)

At the end of the month you’ll have 30 new rings!  You will feel more creative and you’ll have a new daily creativity practice!

To sign up for Rings Every Day Month, click here.