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How to Make a Wire Wrap Ring
Wire wrap ring
Wire wrap rings are a fun and funky fashion accessory. Each piece is as unique as the person making the jewelry. You can make a wire wrap ring in a matter of minutes following a few simple steps. Once you learn how to make a wire wrap ring, you can build an eclectic collection -- it's an easy skill to master, and the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
· A large bead to serve as the centerpiece of the ring. (Note: you can always add smaller beads as a decorative accent.)
· 20-22 gauge wire
· Wire cutters
· Ring mandrel
Cut about 1 yard of wire. String your bead(s) onto the center of the wire. Bend both of the ends of the wire so they point down, securing your bead. Make sure it's a pretty snug fit. After all, your ring is likely to get a lot of use.
Place your wire over the ring mandrel. Center your bead over the number one size up from the size you desire. The reason for this is simple. When you wrap the wire, it can cause the ring to be smaller. You can accommodate for this by making the ring one size larger.
Holding your bead in place over the mandrel, begin wrapping your wire tightly around the mandrel. Repeat for 4-5 wraps around the mandrel. The tighter you wrap, the better and more durable your finished product will be. And, remember, since you've placed the center bead over the "next size up," you've already anticipated the compression that comes from a tight wrap.
This process will create your ring band.
Bring the ends of the wire back to the front of the ring. Then, begin wrapping the ends of the wire around your center bead. This will create a mount for the ring. Wrap as many times as you need. Your first priority, of course, is to create an effective mount that will give your center bead the support it needs. But once the bead is secure, you will also want to be mindful of the look you desire. In other words, you might want to keep wrapping, even after your mount is functionally finished, in order to get the aesthetic effect with which you're comfortable.
Remove the ring from the mandrel. Now it is time to wrap up the loose ends, so to speak. Wrap the wire ends tightly around the band three times, close to the wraps that you’ve already created around your central bead. Repeat on the other side of the bead so that your ring is symmetrical. Using your wire cutters, snip away the remaining wire ends.
By following these simple steps you can create your own unique piece of jewelry. Once you know how to make a wire wrap ring, the possibilities are endless. This technique can be used to create a multitude of different looks simply by changing the wire. For example, silver, gold, and copper finishes are available -- as well as many others. You can also change the types and numbers of beads used. Happy beading!