ECT TV Episode 61: Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Hi there and welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll show you how to make a quick and simple wire ring!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step photo instructions that are the same tutorial that’s in the video.

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Tools and materials:

  • 18 gauge, half-hard round wire – any metal
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel
  • Ruler

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Cut approximately 7 inches of 18 gauge, half-hard, round wire.  Depending on the size of your ring you may need less, but you can cut off any excess later.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Find the middle of the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Bend the wire in half around round nose pliers.  Straighten out the wire, but be careful not to work with the wire too much because it will start to harden and be difficult to work with.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Form a ring around the ring mandrel.

Make sure that your wires do not cross or get twisted.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Remove the wire from the ring mandrel and pull the loose ends in between the bent part of the ring.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

 

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Place the ring back on the ring mandrel and situate it at the correct size that you’d like to make.

Make sure the ring is wrapped tightly around.

Now pull each of the loose ends back against the bend.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Trim each wire to a little over 1/4 inch making a flush cut.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Now we’ll create loops on the ends of the wires going in opposite directions.

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of your pliers, but not poking through.  Twist your wrist away from you wrapping the wire around the pliers.  Go as far as your wrist will allow, readjust and complete the loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Repeat on the other wire creating a loop going in the opposite direction.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Now you can spiral the wires a little bit.  If you would like more of a spiral, cut a longer length of wire at the beginning and do not trim the wire so shortly in Step #7.

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and move the pliers so that the wire begins to spiral.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Place the ring back on the ring mandrel and push down the loops/spirals to make sure they’re not poking up.

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

And that’s the completed ring!

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ECT TV Episode 60: Wire Wrapped Rose Ring

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring

Welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV!)

Today I’ll sharing a video tutorial of one of my most popular blog tutorials, the Wire Wrapped Rose Ring.  I haven’t previously shared this video in a free format.

It’s very pretty and looks great, but it’s pretty simple to make!

By the way, I say Episode 62 in the intro.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but it is Episode 60!

Here’s today’s video episode:

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring Tutorial

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.

Rose Ring Tutorial Materials and ToolsMaterials and Tools:

  • 18 or 20 gauge, half-hard round wire (any metal you like)
  • Ring mandrel
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Serrated chain nose pliers (with teeth)
Note:  If you don’t have a ring mandrel, try a wooden dowel rod in the size of your finger.  However, you can get ring mandrels relatively inexpensively.
If you use 18 gauge wire, the rose will be larger.  If you use 20 gauge it will be smaller.
Step #1

Cut about 24 inches of wire.  If you’re making a small ring, you’ll need less; bigger ring, you’ll need more.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialWrap the wire around the ring mandrel 3 times.  (There will be 4 wires showing in the back.)  Do this about 1 full ring size larger than the size you are trying to make.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialAfter step 2, the ends of the wire should end up in the front.

Gather all the wires closely together and move them to about a 1/2 size bigger than the ring size you are trying to make.

Twist the wires.  (See photo below.)

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialStep #4

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialTake an end of the wire in each hand.  Twist the wire in a circular motion.  With each wrap, go under the previous wrap.

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialIn all honesty, I forgot to count how many twists I did when I made this particular ring.  I made another one and counted, and I did 8 twists.

However, just do it until you like the look.  How many twists you do will depend on the gauge of your wire as well.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialCarefully take the ring off the ring mandrel.  Be careful to make sure the wires don’t unwrap.

Wrap each end through the ring band and around the ring band next to the rose.  They should be on opposite sides going in opposite directions.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialReturn the ring to the ring mandrel.  Pull the wire down very hard with serrated chain nose pliers.  Just hold the wire at the very ends (you’ll cut that part off at the very end.)

Note:  Sometimes when you pull wire very hard it can break.  Be careful!!

After pulling down as hard as you can, bend the wire up and across the ring band.  (See photo below.)

Take the ring off the ring mandrel, flip the ring so the other side’s wire is facing down and repeat on the other side.

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialStep #7

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialTake the ring off the mandrel and wrap around two to three more times around the ring band.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialPlace the ring back on the mandrel again and follow Step #6 again.

Step #9

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialCut off the excess wire from each end.  I like to end in the middle of the top of the ring.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring TutorialUsing your non-serrated chain nose pliers, push in the ends and make sure they aren’t loose or won’t catch on anything.

Completed Wire Wrapped Rose Ring:

Wire Wrapped Rose Ring Tutorial

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ECT TV Episode 36: Flower Ring

ECT TV Episode 36 - Flower Ring Spring is in the air, so it’s a perfect time to make a fun flower ring!

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.

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Flower Ring Video Tutorial:

How to Make a Flower Ring

Flower Ring Photo Tutorial:

How to Make a Flower Ring Tools and Materials:

  • 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
  • Ruler

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)

Basic Tools You Need for Wire Wrapping Wire Workshop (if you’re brand new to using wire this is a great resource to get started and important safety information)

Headpin tutorials:

Infinity headpin

Spiral and knotted headpins

Policy and Terms of Use for this Tutorial:

Policy and Terms of Use (the relevant part is the beginning about “free tutorials”)

Step #1 How to Make a Flower Ring First we’ll make our flower beads into bead dangles with wire wrapped loops.

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.)

Step #2 How to Make a Flower Ring How to Make a Flower Ring How to Make a Flower Ring Hold the headpin slightly above the bead in round nose pliers.  Bend the wire toward you and around one barrel of the pliers.

Step #3 How to Make a Flower Ring Remove the loop from the round nose pliers and hold it in between chain nose pliers.

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.

Step #4 How to Make a Flower Ring Switch hands, still holding the loop in your chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire a few times around keeping the wraps neat and close to each other.

Step #5 How to Make a Flower Ring How to Make a Flower Ring How to Make a Flower Ring Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking up.  Use your chain nose pliers to push it down.

Step #6 How to Make a Flower Ring Now we’ll make the leaf bead into a bead dangle.

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 #7 How to Make a Flower Ring Bend the wire so it crosses directly in the middle of the top of the bead.  In this case there is a little point, so it’s really easy to find the middle.

Step #8 How to Make a Flower Ring 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 #9 How to Make a Flower Ring Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  (The next steps are very similar to the steps above when we made a bead dangle.)

Step #10 How to Make a Flower Ring Wrap the wire toward you and around one barrel of your round nose pliers.

Step #11 How to Make a Flower Ring Follow step #3 above to straighten the loop.

Step #12 How to Make a Flower Ring Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and continue making a few wraps with that wire.  Then wrap the other wire a few times.

Step #13 How to Make a Flower Ring Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #14 How to Make a Flower Ring 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.

Step #15 How to Make a Flower Ring Cut the wire.  You should leave a 1/4 of an inch on each side of where the wires would cross.

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 How to Make a Flower Ring 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.

Step #17 How to Make a Flower Ring How to Make a Flower Ring The loop will be off to the side, so place your round nose pliers back in the loop and bend back so it’s centered.

Step #18 How to Make a Flower Ring How to Make a Flower Ring Repeat for the loop on the other end, but make that loop perpendicular to the other loop as seen in the second photo.

Step #19 How to Make a Flower Ring How to Make a Flower Ring Open up the loop that’s going up and down like you would open a jump ring.  Don’t pull it out sideways, but just open it while the circle stays intact.

Add the 2 flowers and leaf (I added them flower, leaf, flower) and then put the other loop in and close the loop.

Step #20 How to Make a Flower Ring Put the ring back on the ring mandrel and push it down as far as you can so that it is a perfect circle in case it got a little wonky when you were adding the bead dangles.

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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ECT TV Episode 35: How to Make an Adjustable Wire Heart Ring

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

In this episode of ECT TV, learn how to make an adjustable heart ring.  It’s very cute and relatively quick to make.

Here’s the video tutorial:

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

If you learn better via photos, here’s the photo tutorial for the Adjustable Wire Heart Ring:

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • 18 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Ring mandrel or other cylindrical object to form your ring around
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers

Step #1

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

We’ll work right off the spool (so don’t cut a length of wire off.)  Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.

Step #2

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Hold the wire about four inches from the end in round nose pliers.

Step #3

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Make the first curve of the heart by wrapping the wire around round nose pliers at the largest part of the pliers (nearest the handle.)

Step #4

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Close to the top of the curve, use your round nose pliers to bend up the wire.

Step #5

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Heart Ring TutorialUse round nose pliers to make the second curve in the heart.

Step #6

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Use chain nose pliers to pinch together the middle.

Step #7

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Cross the wires and form a heart shape.

Step #8

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Hold the heart in chain nose pliers.

Step #9

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Wrap the short wire around the longer wire under the heart shape a few times.

Step #10

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Cut off the excess wire.  Try to do the cut on the top of the wire.  Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #11

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

If your wraps weren’t close together, you can pull them together with chain nose pliers.

Step #12

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Wrap around your ring mandrel about 1 to 2 sizes smaller than the size of your finger.  I have found with adjustable rings it’s always better to go a little small and then you can adjust it larger.  If you start too big, it will always be too big.

Step #13

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Now cut the wire, leaving a few inches of extra wire if you are making a spiral.  (You could instead just make a loop.

Step #14

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Now make a spiral pointing out away from the heart.  Hold the wire in round nose pliers.  Hold the wire in the pliers so it’s at the top of the pliers, but you should be able to run your finger over the pliers and not feel it poking through.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers.  When you’ve twisted your wrist as far as it will go, readjust your wrist and the pliers and complete the loop.

Step #15

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and start to make a spiral.  Push the wire up.

Adjustable Heart Ring Tutorial

Then readjust the wire so it is out to the side again.  Continue making the spiral until it’s next to the heart.

If you need more help making a spiral, see the video or see this post on how to make an adjustable spiral ring.

Adjustable Wire Heart Ring Tutorial

If you need to place the ring back onto your ring mandrel to make sure the ring still is in a ring shape.

(You can lightly hammer the ring with a rawhide or nylon hammer to help it keep its shape, but I have found with the 18 gauge wire it does hold its shape well.)

Adjustable Wire Heart Ring Tutorial

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Adjustable Ring with Bead Clusters Tutorial [Re] Release

Adjustable Ring with Bead Clusters

So, you, my dear readers and customers, have requested more individual jewelry making patterns, so I’m here to serve you!

Last week I released the Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial.

And this week I’m [re] releasing the Adjustable Ring with Bead Clusters Tutorial!  I love this ring, so I’ve decided to pull it out of retirement release it again.

(If you were part of my Everything Retirement Sale, this was included, so don’t purchase it again!)

As you probably noticed recently, I LOVE making rings (although picking a favorite piece of jewelry to make is sort of like picking a favorite kid.)

And I love giving jewelry as gifts.  But it is pretty difficult to give someone a ring as a gift without tipping them off.  I mean, asking someone their ring size pretty much tells them they’re getting a ring, right?

But this ring is adjustable!  You don’t even really noticed with the finished product, but it’s completely adjustable!  So it makes a wonderful gift.  Plus, you’re going to want to make some of these for yourself, too.

So make a $5.00 investment in this tutorial, get it instantly and then start working on gifts for all your girlfriends.  They’re going to love them!

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