Simple Wire Ring

 

Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making Project Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making ProjectThis simple jewelry wire ring jewelry making project is an advanced beginners project.  The ring is simple and uncomplicated.  It is easy to make.  Finally, the ring is versatile,  This ring can be worn as either a regular ring on your finger or it can be worn as a toe ring.  Because of the way we make this ring, it can be adjusted to fit a variety of sized fingers or toes.

This project works best when made with 14 or 16 gauge wire for the body of the ring.  The ring could be made in 18 gauge wire, but the design would not be as survivable.  We do recommend that you practice this design in 18 gauge wire a couple of times before trying it in the heavier gauge. 

The pattern for this ring will make a ring that is size 7.  This is an average size for a women.  If you need to make this ring larger or smaller, you will need to adapt the pattern.

Jewelry Making Supplies Tools Required
  • 3 1/2 inches of 14 or 16 gauge soft wire
  • 3 inches of 21 gauge 1/2 round wire (Optional)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Ruler
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Jig
  • Ring Mandrel
  • Nylon Hammer
  • 15 minutes of free time

Skills Required:

  • Ability to make loops in 14 and 16 gauge wire.
  • Ability to make wire components by wrapping wire around pegs on a WigJig jewelry making tool.
  • Ability to wrap fine gauge wire around larger wire.
Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 1:  Cut a segment of 14 or 16 gauge soft wire 3 1/2 inches long. 

Step 2:  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers (preferred) or round nose pliers, make a loop in one end of your wire segment.  The technique for making a loop in larger gauges of wire like 14 or 16 gauge is described here.

Peg Pattern for Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making ProjectStep 3:  Hold the wire by the loop and repeatedly pull the wire through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  This will be more difficult because of the size of the wire, but it is still one of the most important steps in making this ring.

Step 4:  Place two metal pegs in your jig as shown in the WigJig Delphi at right.  Place your initial loop on peg 1.  For making a ring that is size 7, the two pegs need to be 2 1/5 inches apart as shown.  For a smaller ring, move peg 2 closer to peg 1.  For a larger ring, you can use one of our larger jigs.  Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 5

Step 5:  Bend the wire against peg 2.  It may be better to start the bend on the jig, but finish it on your Fine Step Jaw Pliers.  Large gauges of soft wire tend to bend loosely and may not make a tight loop around peg 2 in the same size as the loop on peg 1.  Please notice that the two loops are pointing away from each other. 

Step 6:  Remove the wire from your jig and cut the excess wire.  Use your bent chain nose pliers to close the second loop. 

Step 7:  We make the round shape for the ring using a ring mandrel.  ToJewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 7 make a size 7 ring, it is best to shape the wire around the size 6 position on the ring mandrel as the wire won't completely take the shape of the mandrel.  Bend the wire around the ring mandrel and using your nylon hammer, hammer the wire against the mandrel.  Hammer all the way around the ring.  You will need to hammer a lot, about 1-2 minutes of hammering, then rotating the ring and hammering in the next spot. 

Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making Project Step 8:  The final step is optional.  Wrapping the 21 gauge 1/2 round wire around the center of the ring is not necessary.  Using the 14 or 16 gauge wire will make a ring that will hold it's shape without the wrapped wire.  The wire just adds a decorative adornment.  To perform the wrap it is best to open both loops using your bent chain nose pliers, then wrap the wire and after the wrap is completed, close both loops in the ring. 

Alternative Designs:Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making Project Alternative Design

Simple Jewelry Wire Ring Jewelry Making Project Alternative Design Top ViewHere is one alternative design that incorporates a bead into our simple ring.  This alternative is easy to accomplish and uses 3 inches of 22 or 24 gauge 1/2 hard wire to hold the bead in place.  To add the bead to your ring, start on one side of the ring and wrap one end of the 22 or 24 gauge 1/2 hard wire around the ring about 2 times.  Cut the excess wire and squeeze the cut end flat with your bent chain nose pliers.  Leave the excess wire pointing away from the center of the ring.  Now using your bent chain nose pliers make a right angle bend in this center wire at the point where you want the center of your bead.  For a 6mm bead, this Pearl Simple Ring In Gold Jewelry Wire Jewelry Making Projectwould be 3mm above the ring.  Thread the bead onto the wire and get the bead in position in the center of the ring.  Now bend coming out of the bead down so that you are ready to wrap the opposite side of the bead.  Before beginning your wrap, cut the excess wire at Gold Jewelry Wire Ring with Pearl Bead Jewelry Making Project on Handthe point where the wire touches the bottom of the ring.  This will allow the wire to pass through the ring easily to make your second wrap.  At this point you are ready to make  your second wrap, thereby holding the bead in place.  Wrap the wire as close to the center of the ring as possible.  Make about 2 wraps and cut the excess wire.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the cut end of the wire flat.  This completes your beaded ring design. 

Another alternative design is the toe ring.  For a toe ring, you make the basic ring design without the bead.  All you have to do is adjust the size so that it fits the toe you choose.  This is done by changing the placement of peg 2 in your jig. 

Things to consider:

Remember to make your first ring in 18 gauge practice wire.  This will allow you to get the length and size correct.  When you can easily make the ring in 18 gauge wire, then graduate to 16 gauge wire.  Finally, when you are proficient in 16 gauge, then graduate to 14 gauge.  This ring will be more solid and permanent when made in 14 gauge wire. 

We think that you will like this ring project.  It is easy to make and provides a way to set a bead into a ring.  The design can be easily modified to make toe rings.  Because of the way the wire overlaps in the ring, the ring can be easily adjusted fit a smaller finger. 

 

 

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