Easy Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorial

Easy Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorial

Published On: 11-18-2011 07:22pm

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Category: Tutorials

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 know!

Ring Tutorial Step 1  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.

ring Tutorial Step 2Place 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.

Ring Tutorial Step 3 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.

Ring Tutorial Step 4

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.

Ring Tutorial Step 5 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.

Ring Tutorial Step 6 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.

Ring Tutorial Step 7 Keep wrapping in the same direction until you have about 1 inch of wire left on each side of your bead.


Ring Tutorial Step 8 Remove your ring from the mandrel, being careful to keep the wires in the same shape.

Ring Tutorial Step 9
  1. 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 finished ring.

Ring Tutorial Step 10 Once again, pull these side wraps nice & tight around the ring shank.

Ring Tutorial Step 11

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.

Ring Tutorial Step 12 And voila! Your finished wire wrapped ring!

Ready for something a little more challenging?  Check out my tutorial for making a Swarovski crystal slave bracelet!

Reader's Comments

By Guest on 10/23/2014 @ 08:57pm

Really enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you so much. I could easily understand your instructions and feel confident to do it myself, now. Mary Gambino New Orleans, LA.

By Guest on 01/30/2014 @ 10:15am

very nice

By AudreyGardenLady on 12/28/2013 @ 03:36pm

Nicely done!!!!

By Guest on 10/21/2013 @ 07:29am

Thanks! This looks great! I've tried it by myself before, but didn't quite get the hang of it. Now it should work :)

By Guest on 09/20/2013 @ 02:24pm

Very simple, it turned out beautiful. Thanks so much!

By Guest on 09/12/2013 @ 03:13pm

Great Job! Simple and clear. Love it.

By Guest on 04/16/2013 @ 12:21am

Thanks for your help.

By Guest on 03/06/2013 @ 08:34pm

GREAT TUTORIAL....very helpful and encouraging to have a go!! thank you

By Guest on 10/31/2012 @ 05:34am

Yes, Michael's do carry ring mandrels. I thought I'd be a smart kitty and buy the $3.00 plastic one from JoAnn's instead of laying out $19 for the metal Michael's one. MISTAKE! Pay the extra amount (or use one of their coupons!) and get the metal one. After doing not even 50 wired rings, the plastic one is getting chewed up :(

By JKs_Creations on 10/02/2012 @ 02:59am

I decided to go with a plastic one & I bought it online. I figure why buy a metal one when I'm just starting.... I may get a metal one down the road....

By BrainofJen on 09/27/2012 @ 02:01am

JKs_Creations, I believe they have mandrels at Michael's now :)

By JKs_Creations on 09/26/2012 @ 11:28pm

What a wonderful tutorial! I am on the lookout for a mandrel so I can make my 1st ring. I will be using your tutorial pattern! What size of a mandrel do I use & where is a good place to get one for a decent price?

By specialtivity on 08/19/2012 @ 02:56am

This is a really great tutorial Jen!! I love the fact that you include the pictures along with the written tutorial. It's always nice to be able to compare the one I'm working on with the pic to make sure I'm doing it right! Then I'm free to put my own twist on it! Thank you very much for doing this!! Kathy aka specialtivity

By Guest on 04/16/2012 @ 06:46am

brilliantly simple! you did a good job at explaining and it was short enough to keep my attention. keep at it and thanks!

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