Well, it's been a while since I posted my first free tutorial, and I thought now would be a good time to post another. This super-simple ring is the perfect starting point for learning to make all kinds of more elaborate wire wrapped rings. After you've perfected this one, start experimenting with variations - different metals, adding beads and stones, etc. - and show me what you come up with!
(Sorry for the somewhat blurry photos; the weather was icky this morning so I photographed inside, and they did not turn out well.)
You will need:
- flat-nosed pliers
- wire cutters
- 12" of 22-gauge dead-soft sterling silver wire (or more for an extra large sized ring)
- a ring mandrel, or if you don't have one, something that is round and finger-sized, like maybe a wooden dowel or a fat pen
1. Cut a 12" length of wire from your spool.
2. Position the wire on your ring mandrel at about 1/2 to 3/4 of a size larger than what you would like your finished ring to be.
3. Wrap the wire around the mandrel three times, ending with roughly equal lengths of wire sticking out to either side.
4. Cross the wires, keeping tension on the wire to keep all three loops tight against the mandrel.
5. Begin to wrap the wires in a circular direction. Don't twist them; just guide them around the center of the rosette in a circular manner.
6. Continue wrapping until you are happy with the look of the rosette, or until you have 1 to 1-1/2 inches of wire left on each end.
7. Wrap each wire around the ring shank several times.
8. Trim the ends of the wire close to the ring band.
9. Using your flat-nosed pliers, gently press the ends down flat against the band.
10. Slide the finished ring back down onto the ring mandrel as far as it will go to make sure it is as round as possible, and to help even out the three wires that make up the band in case they got a little uneven during the process.
You can either leave the ring shiny, or oxidize and polish it to bring out the details. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial; please let me know if anything is unclear and I'll do my best to clarify!