ECT TV Episode 7: Circle Ring Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 7Welcome to ECT TV Episode 7!

I’m so excited to share this episode because this tutorial is really so much fun!

Here’s video for ECT TV Episode 7:

Getting Started Making Rings With No Tools:

You can give this tutorial a try before you invest in tools to make jewelry.

1.  Try using cylindrical things from around the house:  big markers or pens, paintbrush handles or anything else that seems about the right size.

2.  Dowel rods as mandrels – go to the hardware store and find a dowel rod that’s the right size.

3.  Inexpensive ring sizer.  Ring mandrels are metal or wood, but you can find hard plastic ring sizers that will work as long as you’re not hammering too much.

4.  This project uses a pair of serrated pliers.  You can borrow these from your toolbox.  Mine are from my dad.  They even have wire cutters included, so you could try this project with just that one tool.

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialThis unique ring is a lot of fun to make.  Make sure to check out the end for a fun twist to bling up the ring!

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialTools and Materials:

  • 22 Gauge Wire (round, half-hard)
  • Ring mandrel (or see suggestions above)
  • Serrated pliers (they have teeth)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers (non-serrated, no teeth)

Step #1

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialCut a piece of 22 gauge wire to about 12 inches.  Set it aside momentarily.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWorking from the spool of wire, wrap around your cylindrical object or ring mandrel about 4 or 5 times.  If you’re using a ring mandrel, I used about the size 4 area of it.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialCarefully slide the coil off the ring mandrel.

Step #4

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialFind the middle of the 12″ wire you cut before and then bend it around the ring mandrel with the ends of the wire pointing straight up.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialSlide the coil you made onto the wire.  The 2 loose ends with come up through the middle of the circle.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialPull the wires to the side.

Step #7

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWrap both wires around the back of the mandrel being careful not to twist them.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialThen pull the ends of the wire up into the middle of the circle and out again.  Go around the back of the mandrel again.  I did this so I had 5 wires showing in the back.

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialStep #9

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialCarefully pull the ring off of the mandrel.  Wrap the loose end around the wires of the base of the ring next to the circle on each side.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialPlace the ring back on the mandrel.  Push it down as far as it will go.  Use serrated pliers to pull the loose end down as tightly as you can and then up.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialPull the ring off the mandrel.  Continue wrapping around the sides near the circle three more times.

Step #12

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialOnce again, place the ring back on the mandrel and pull the loose wires tightly and then up.

Step #13

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialTrim off the excess wire so that it ends on the top.

Step #14

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialUse chain nose pliers (non-serrated) to push down the end of the wire.

Step #15

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialYou might find that your circle will turn into an oval.  If this happens, just put the circle on the mandrel and reshape it.

Step #16

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialFinally, the last step is taking care of the ends of the wire from the circle part.  Just wrap them around in through the circle next to the other wraps from the ring and trim off the excess on the top of the ring.

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring Tutorial I love this ring as is.  It’s simple.  It’s beautiful.  It goes with everything.  But if you want a little more sparkle and bling, here’s how to add it!

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialYou follow the same exact steps as above with one little change.

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialAdd beads to the wire before you form the circle part of the ring.

I added about 35 seed beads.  I also put a bit of tape on the end of the wire to hold on the beads before I wrapped the wire around the ring mandrel.

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialThen you follow the same basic steps outlined above.

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialWhen you first put the circle onto the other wire, adjust the beads how you would like them.  They will mostly stay in that position.

Alternatively, you could add even more beads and have it solidly beaded.

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring TutorialTIP:  I didn’t even realize I did this until I was editing photos, but when I was wrapping the ring, I got some of the beads caught in the wraps on one side.  Be careful to get your wire in between the wire, not under it.

Other ideas for Customization:

  • Bead it solidly.
  • Make the circle a different color metal from the rest of the ring.
  • Multicolored beads.

Want to learn how to make more rings?  Check out my 6 Wire Wrapped Rings Tutorial:

6 Wire Wrapped Rings TutorialClick here to learn more about it this great group of digital ring tutorials!

Wire Heart Bracelet Tutorial

Wire Heart Bracelet TutorialIf you have been following me for a while, you probably already know I love working with wire!  When I was recently cleaning out my jewelry supply/craft storage shelves (as I promised in Episode 2 of ECT TV) I came across this sweet pink wire.

Is it perfect for Valentine’s Day or what?

This is a very sweet dainty bracelet that you can make with pink wire like I did or use silver or copper.

(Note:  You can purchase different color wire at AC Moore or Michael’s and probably other craft stores.)

Wire Heart TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Wire – I used 20 gauge pink copper wire.  You can use any color wire you like or silver or copper
  • 7 mm jump rings – as many as you need to connect the hearts plus have a few at the end to connect your bracelet, this will vary depending on the length of your bracelet, but I used about 12
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose and a second pair of pliers (I like bent nose) – this is to open the jump rings

Wire Heart Bracelet Tutorial:

Step #1

Wire Heart TutorialWire Heart TutorialCut off a piece of wire about 2 1/2″ long.  Make sure both side are flush cut (use the flat side of the wire cutters as seen in the photo)

Step #2

Wire Heart TutorialFind the middle of the wire.

Step #3

How to make a wire heart braceletHow to make a wire heart braceletHow to make a wire heart braceletPut your chain nose pliers in the middle of the wire and bend making a “V” out of the wire.

Step #4

How to make a wire heart braceletHow to make a wire heart braceletHold one end of the wire in between round nose pliers in the biggest part of the pliers near the handles.  The tip of the wire should not be poking through the top.  In fact, for this project, the wire tip should be more in the middle of the barrels of the wire and not at the top.

Step #5

How to make a wire heart braceletHow to make a wire heart braceletTwist your wrist away from you while  wrapping the wire around the barrel of the pliers, starting to form a loop (do not complete the loop.)

Once you twist as far as you can, readjust the wire and continue.

How to make a wire heart braceletThis is what it will look like when you’re done.

Step #6

How to make a wire heart braceletRepeat for the other side.

Note:  If it ends up that your loops don’t look the same, you can fix them by just taking your pliers and adjusting the wire as needed.

How to make a wire heart braceletStep #7

How to make a wire heart braceletRepeat until you have the number of hearts you need.  I have a large wrist and like my bracelets to be loose and I used 8 hearts.  (You might want to make about 4 more for earrings as well!)

Step #8

How to make a wire heart braceletHow to make a wire heart braceletHow to make a wire heart braceletOpen a jump ring.  Hold the jump ring in two pliers (I’m using chain nose and bent nose pliers).  The opening should be in the middle of the pliers.  Then go straight forward with one pair and back with the other pair opening the jump ring, but keeping the circle intact.  Do not pull apart the jump ring sideways.

Note:  I like to open as many as I need for a project at one time.

Step #9

How to make a wire heart braceletHow to make a wire heart braceletPlace two hearts on the jump ring (I connected the hearts top to bottom) and close the jump ring in the same way you opened it, but opposite.

Step #10

How to make a wire heart braceletAfter connecting the hearts, add a few jump rings to one end and use a lobster clasp at the other end.

How to make a wire heart braceletWould you like some earrings to match?

How to make a wire heart earringsI just connected 2 hearts together and then added earring wires.

How to make a wire heart braceletWant to customize your bracelet?  Here are some ideas:

  • Use different wire.
  • Make every other heart with a different wire.
  • Make one larger heart in a statement color and do the rest of the hearts in silver.
  • Make one heart and then add chain.

How did you like the tutorial?

If you found it on the difficult side or you really haven’t used wire before, you want to check out my Wire Wrapping for Beginners Book (eBook or print book!)

Wire Wrapping for Beginners is full of projects – earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings – that are used to teach you the basics of making jewelry with wire.

After going through each project you’ll be able to:

  • Make wire wrapped loops on head pins.
  • Make a bead dangle.
  • Open earring wire (and close!)
  • Open and close jump rings.
  • Make bead links.
  • Wire wrap a side-drilled bead.
  • Use curb chain.
  • Use lobster clasps.
  • Wire wrap ordinary objects (like monopoly games and beach stones)
  • Simple bead stringing.
  • Make a variety of earrings, including making your own hoops.
  • Make a variety of bracelets.
  • Make a variety of necklaces.
  • And 6 wire rings!

Plus you’ll learn more about tools, wire, designing jewelry and different ideas for jewelry design.  Each project has ideas to customize it further!

Most importantly, you’ll be more comfortable using wire and making jewelry.  The more comfortable you are with a skill, the more creative you can get with it!

If you’re ready to get started, click here to learn more, purchase and get instant access to the eBook!

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialFor this tutorial I drew a tree and then just basically followed the pattern with the wire.  This is the tree I drew.  It’s on a 4″ x 6″ index card, for your reference.

Materials and Tools:

If you get a strand of each color of the crow beads I listed above, you’ll have plenty to make this and the Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament as well, with plenty leftover to make more!

You can use the colors I have listed, or choose any colors of your choice of the Crow Beads.

Step #1

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWorking from the spool of 18 gauge wire — meaning, don’t cut the wire off the spool or coil start to follow your drawing of the tree.  Leave about 2 inches extra wire above the tree.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialAt the first corner, place your chain nose or needle nose pliers and then bend the wire.  You may find it easier to grasp the wire where the bend will go and then pick up the wire and pliers to make the actual bend.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialGo to the next point and repeat.

Step #4

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialContinue until you have the tree completed.  Leave about 2″ of extra wire on the other side, too.

Fix up the shape however you would like.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialHold the tree where the wires cross with your fingers or you can use chain nose pliers and twist twice.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialHold one of the wires in round nose pliers.

Step #7

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers.  Then straighten the loop so it’s centered over the tree.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around in the same direction you started.  Then wrap the other wire around.  Keep your wraps tight and even.

Cut off any excess wire.

Step #9

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

 

Make sure the tree is still in the shape you want it and make any adjustments.

You can probably get away with not doing this step since you’re using 18 gauge wire.  To make it even harder and stronger use a nylon or rawhide hammer and lightly hammer the tree.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialCut a piece of 20 gauge wire and wrap it around the bottom corner of the tree.  Do a couple of wraps and make sure it’s secure.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialAdd crow beads to the wire.  You can randomly do this, use just one color or create a design.  (I did mine randomly.)

Step #12

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWrap the other end around just like you did on the first end.  Cut off any excess wire.

Step #13

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialJust above that row, start another row and repeat.

Step #14

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialRepeat until you complete the tree.

Step #15

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialI used some of the raffia that the crow beads come strung on as a hanger.

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialCreativity Tips for More Customization:

  • Use all one color of crow beads.
  • Make stripes.
  • Use every other color.
  • Bead around the edge of the tree (note, you’ll probably have to bead as you do the bends in the tree.
  • Create your own hook using wire.
  • Make the beaded wires diagonal instead of straight across.

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How to Make a Bead Dangle Wire Ring

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialThis is a fun and easy ring tutorial you’re going to love to make a lot of.  These rings are super cute by themselves, but even cuter stacked (there’s two in the photo above!)

They take very little supplies.  If you don’t have a ring mandrel, simply use a marker or thick highlighter to shape your ring and then measure your finger.  It might not be perfect that way, but it is doable!

Make sure to read to the end so you can try out another ring that will really give you some ring and wire working skills!

If you prefer a video tutorial, this was the tutorial in ECT TV Episode 22.

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialTools and materials:

  • 20 gauge wire – you need about 3″ for the dangle and a few inches for the ring base.
  • A bead
  • Ring mandrel (or see above for an idea if you don’t have one)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • A second pair of pliers would be helpful – I like bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialLeaving the wire on the spool, wrap the wire around your ring mandrel at the size of your finger.  You’ll need to leave 1/2 inch on each side as well.  Cut the wire.

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialStep #2

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialHold one end of the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top, but not poke out of the top of the pliers.  As you can see, I’m using the middle of my round nose pliers.

Twist your wrist away from you, using your other hand to wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers.  After you have twisted as far as your wrist will go, readjust and then complete the loop.

Note:  you are making the loop away from the middle of the wire.  (This is more clear in the next photo.)

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialStep #3

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialBead Dangle Ring TutorialRepeat step #2 for the other end of the wire.

Knotted Bead Dangle

Now we’ll make a knotted headpin and bead dangle for the ring.  I happen to have videos for each of these techniques, so if you learn more easily with video they are here for you.  I’ll also show photos and continue the tutorial below the videos.

Knotted Headpin Video Tutorial

Bead Dangle Tutorial

Step #4

Cut a piece of wire about 3 inches long

Step #5

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialFold the wire so there is about 1 inch on one side and 2 inches on the other.

Step #6

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialHold the wire with the bend in chain nose pliers.

Step #7

Beaded Dangle Ring Tutorial

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialBend the shorter end up so it looks like the above photo.

Step #8

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialWrap the shorter end around the end creating what looks like a knot.  You can do this in a “sloppy” fashion or more neatly.  Just keep wrapping around the end until you run out of wire or until you’re satisfied.

Trim off any excess and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #9

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialSlide on a bead.

Step #10

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialGrasp the wire between round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers creating a loop.

The loop will be crooked, so straighten it.

Step #11

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialBeaded Dangle Ring TutorialBeaded Dangle Ring TutorialHold the loop in chain nose pliers and complete the wraps.  Trim off any excess and make sure the wire is tucked down and not poking out.

Step #12

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialGoing back to the ring base, open one of the loops you made.  Open it like you would a jump ring.  So, in other words, use your chain nose pliers and open it maintaining the circle – don’t pull the circle apart.

For a video where I show how to open jump rings, click here.

Step #13

Bead Dangle Ring Wire TutorialPlace the bead dangle in the open loop.

Step #14

Bead Dangle Ring Wire TutorialPlace the other loop from the ring base in the open loop.  Close the loop (just do the opposite of opening it.)

Bead Dangle Ring Wire TutorialBead Dangle Ring Wire TutorialCute and easy – so cute and easy you will want to make a bunch to stack!!

Okay, so you love wire rings, right?  And after this tutorial you want even more!

You’re going to love my Wire Wrapped Button Ring eWorkshop!  You get a PDF and video tutorial!

wire wrapped button ring workshop

This ring is a great way to show your creativity and show off your wire working skills.

Never worked with wire before? Don’t worry because I will show you everything you need to know to successfully complete this ring.

Full color, close up photos and a video tutorial take you the whole way through making this ring!

Wire Wrapped Button Bracelet Tutorial

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletLearn how to make buttons into wire wrapped links that you can then use to make jewelry.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletMaterials:

  • Buttons:  really pretty wood buttons with floral designs from K & C Supplies.  Click here to get them!
  • Beads:  Autumn Colors Glass Beads from Happy Mango Beads.
  • 18 Gauge wire
  • 20 gauge wire
  • 5 or 6 7 mm jump rings
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • A second pair of pliers (chain nose, bent nose, etc.)
  • Optional:  Nylon jaw pliers

If you learn via video better, I shot a video tutorial on how to make the button links:

Step #1

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletCut a piece of the 18 gauge wire to about 6 inches (you could use 20 gauge if that’s what you have).

Bend it loosely in half.

Step #2

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletPull the wire onto the button like in the photo.  It will click into place.

Step #3

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend out the wire ends, sort of like how you bend out the prongs on a brad.

Step #4

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletMake a mark on your chain nose pliers about halfway down.  It’s not important where the mark is made, but it is important that you use that mark throughout the entire project.

Hold the wire above the button and line it up with the mark on the pliers.

Step #5

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend the wire in a 90 degree angle against the edge of the pliers.

Step #6

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletPlace your round nose pliers in the bend.

(You’ll notice that I also have a mark on my round nose pliers to ensure uniform loops throughout the project as well.)

Step #7

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletWrap around the barrel of the pliers and under (between the pliers and the button).

Then straighten the loop.

Step #8

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHold the loop in chain nose pliers and use another pair of pliers to make wraps until you reach the button.  Clip any excess wire and make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #9

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletRepeat for the other side.

Make 4 of these links (or however many you need for the length of your bracelet.)

How to make a wire wrapped button bracelet

Step #10

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletI created 3 bead dangles to hang between each button.  You could use regular store bought head pins if you like, but I made my own spiral head pins.

Cut about 3 inches of the 20 gauge wire.

Hold between the round nose pliers.  The wire should not be poking up through the top.

Step #11

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletRoll your wrist away from you wrapping the wire around the barrel of the pliers.  At the same time use your fingers to wrap it as well.

Roll as far as you can, readjust the pliers and then repeat to complete a loop.  It should look like a P.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletStep #12

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Bend the wire up and spiral around the original loop by readjusting the wire and bending it around.

Step #13

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletHow to make a wire wrapped button braceletBend the wire up so it’s straight above the spiral.

Step #14

How to make a wire wrapped button bracelet

Slide 3 or 4 beads onto the wire.

Step #15

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletCreate a wire wrapped loop as described above in steps #4 – 8.

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletStep #16

How to make a wire wrapped button braceletOpen a 7 mm jump ring.  If you need help with this, check out my video on how to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #17

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYAdd a button link, 3 bead dangles and then another button link. The button links should be facing each other with the dangles sandwiched in the middle.

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYClose the jump ring.

Step #18

Continue doing this to add all of the button links.

Step #19

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYAdd a lobster clasp to one side using a jump ring and then a few jump rings to the other side.

I added some dangles to the the jump ring holding the lobster clasp and to the end of the other jump rings as well.

Wire wrapped Button Bracelet DIYNow you have a fun and unique new bracelet!  Add more buttons or a chain to make a necklace instead!


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