This is one example of the wire wrapped
rings I like to make when creating my new slave bracelets. The wire
nest around the bead is easy to attach a jump ring to for attaching
the ring to the bracelet.
This is my first ever tutorial, so
please be kind :) That said, I'd love to hear your feedback, if you
feel I've missed anything, or if anything is unclear, please let me
Start with about 13 inches of the
20 gauge wire of your choice, for this tutorial I used silver
non-tarnish copper wire. Copper is a great wire to use for
practice, as it's inexpensive to replace if you make a mistake.
Place a 6 mm bead, in whatever
shape you like in the center of the wire. I've used a 6 mm amethyst
colored crystal bicone in this example.
Keeping your bead in the center of
the wire, begin wrapping your wire around the ring mandrel. You'll
want to start wrapping about ½ size larger than what you would like
the finished ring to be (I'll explain why in a later step). I like
to keep my thumb on the bead to help keep it in place.
Wrap your wire completely around
the mandrel twice, being careful to keep the wire on each side of
the bead on the same side you started with.
Be sure to keep the wire wrapped
nice & tight around the mandrel to ensure a proper fit when
you're done. The great thing about using round or bicone beads is
that it's easy to tuck the wire under the bead once you've completed
wrapping the wire around the mandrel twice, just remember to pull
the wire nice & taut again before beginning the next step.
Holding the shank of the ring
while still on the mandrel (to ensure everything stays put), begin
wrapping your remaining wire around the bead. Clockwise or
counter-clockwise doesn't matter, but I find the wrap stays neater
if they are going in the same direction.
Keep wrapping in the same
direction until you have about 1 inch of wire left on each side of
Remove your ring from the mandrel,
being careful to keep the wires in the same shape.
Start wrapping the wire through
the center of the ring, This is the part that keeps everything in
place, and will tighten the all-over shape of the ring. This is why
it's a good idea to start about ½ size larger than you need for the
Once again, pull these side wraps
nice & tight around the ring shank.
After 2 or 3 side wraps, snip off
any remaining wire at the top so they are even on each side and tuck
those ends down nice & tight to the ring shanks. Do NOT try to
tuck the wire underneath the ring shank, unless you enjoy pokey
things scraping your fingers all to heck.
And voila! Your finished wire
Ready for something a little more challenging? Check out my tutorial for making a Swarovski crystal slave bracelet!