How-to: Wrapped Wire Rings

It’s been a while since I made a project that made me say, “Oh my goodness, I just can’t stop making these!” I tend to have a short attention span when it comes to crafts, I love making things once, and moving on to the next thing. But, I dare anyone to make just one of these beaded wrapped wire rings!  They are an easy jewelry project that doesn’t need a lot of supplies, it’s something you can customize by using different beads, and they only take about 5 minutes per ring to make.  Best of all, wrapped wire rings are a great way to use up those individual bead stragglers you may have lying around leftover from other projects – since each ring just needs one.

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own wrapped wire rings:supply2

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed3First, cut about 12-14 inches of wire.  Center your bead, and bend each side down slightly so that your bead doesn’t go anywhere.

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed-4Place the bead in the groove of your ring sizer, and wrap each end of the wire around the mandrel once (which is really just a fancy word for the ring sizer).  Check the size of where you’re going to begin wrapping.  Wire wrapping has a way of tightening as you work, so I recommend aiming for a half-size larger than the size you’re planning to make.  If you’re not sure what size to make, 7 is a pretty common size.  Once you have each end of the wire wrapped around the mandrel, bend each end around the bead.

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed-5Now that your have your basic form started, you can remove it from the mandrel to work on it.  Just take those wire ends, and wrap them around the bead.  I work counter-clockwise but it really doesn’t matter if you do it the opposite – but both wire ends do need to be wrapped in the same direction.

When you get to the ends and there is about an inch or so of wire left, wrap one of the tail ends around the base of the ring 3-4 times.  You will likely need your pliers to do this.  If you have excess, just cut it off.  You can file the end of the wire if you want, but I found that as long as I made sure that the end was on the top of the ring (as opposed to your finger-side) just pressing it tight with my pliers was sufficient.

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed-6And that’s all it takes!  You may need to slip your wrapped wire rings back onto the ring sizer to smooth out anywhere you bent it while working.

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed-7Smoothing the wire rings down will help press those wires back together, and re-form it to a round shape if your wrapping made it off-center.  And as you can see: I lost about a half size in my wrapping.

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed-1If you have trouble with your first wrapped wire ring, they work up so quickly you can easily try again for practice.  Or perhaps you have a little “helper” raiding your beads who would like a ring of her own – you’ll be able to whip one up before she can even decide which princess she’s going to pretend to be.  These wrapped wire rings are WAY cooler than store-bought costume jewelry, and just a fraction of the cost when you consider just how many wire rings you can make with one coil of wire and some spare beads.

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed-8Which brings me to a tip for smaller wrapped wire rings: they are slightly more difficult, just because you have less room to work while you are wrapping.  So start big and work your way down, if you can.  You can see in the very first photo of this post, that the smallest ring (in the forefront, the right-most ring) has messier wraps than the other two.  Just bear that in mind if you are choosing a bead that is smaller than 6mm!

Wrapped-wire-rings-Crafts-Unleashed-2If you get addicted to this project, you can blame me – it’s okay!  It’s wonderful to be able to create something lovely in such a short time!

About Adrianne

Adrianne is a working wife and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. She started out making jewelry back in the 80′s, and was widely known among 3rd graders as the friendship bracelet queen. Her style has evolved since then, but her passion for creativity has only grown. Adrianne can be found writing, sewing, quilting, baking and crafting with a wide variety of mediums. She enjoys day trips and date nights, and has written several bad first drafts of novels.

Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    These are stunning!! I have gazillions of beads that would suit this. I kinda lost you when you said wrap both ends around the bead but am sure I can figure it out. Now I nd to buy a ring sizer! Tfs :)

  2. If you use quality wire, like sterling, these would work as excellent DIY bridesmaids’ rings, to match their dresses, or even as gifts to them. (I try to relate everything to weddings because it’s what I do. :) Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks, awesome I had forgotten this one

  4. My four year old has been asking me to make her a ring. This is perfect!

  5. Love!

  6. Fabulous tutorial, thank you!

  7. I recently won a ring like this and loved it, but it didn’t fit, this tutorial is awesome and easy to follow!!!

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