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Making a Wire Wrapped Ring

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This is a guide about making a wire wrapped ring. With wire, polished stone and beads and you can fashion a unique ring for a special occasion or holiday.


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June 18, 2015

With a little bit of jewelry wire and a bead, you can make yourself a fabulous ring in minutes! Here's how.

Total Time: A few minutes

Source: Saw an idea like this online years ago, don't remember where! :)


  • ring sizing mandrel
  • desired gauge of jewelry wire, I used #20
  • bead of choice, any size
  • jewelry snips
  • jewelry needle nose pliers


  1. You will begin by cutting a length of jewelry wire for your ring. I suggest using inexpensive, non-precious metal to begin. That way if you make a mistake, no big deal! I used 16" of wire to make a ring that was a size 8. Place your desired bead in the center of the wire. **Any size bead will work.
  2. Place your centered bead, still threaded with wire over the size on the ring mandrel that you desire. **Hint: from trial and error, the bigger bead you choose, it seems to give you a larger ring. You may want to try wrapping one size smaller than desired.
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  4. You will begin by wrapping the left wire behind the mandrel and around a couple times.
  5. Now you will repeat the same step with the right wire.
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  7. This is what you have now.
  8. Take your "ring" off the mandrel now. See?
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  10. Take the right wire and pass it through the ring loop itself. You will wrap it around the top next to the bead and back through the ring as many times and as tightly as you can.
  11. Repeat the same with the left side. Do you see the sharp end sticking up?
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  13. Easily fixed by bending it down with your pliers.
  14. See?
  15. The possibilities are endless, different size/color wire, different size/color beads.
  16. These would also make inexpensive and unique gifts. Your friends will think you're a jewelry artist, but it only took a second!
  17. Have fun! :)
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By 0 found this helpful
May 16, 2007


This fashionable cocktail ring is easy to make and looks great too. Your friends will all want one.


Be creative by using vintage beads and whimsical adornments. Try coordinating or clashing colours depending on your taste and the seasons popular colours.

Approx. Time to Complete: 30 - 60 minutes

List of Materials:

  • one 1/2 inch glass bead
  • three glass seed beads
  • thirty inches of 24 gauge silver or gold jewelry making wire
  • jewelry making 3-in-one tool or wire cutters and round nosed pliers
  • a marker of same diameter as your finger (I like to make rings for my middle finger and have found a marker of the same diameter)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Lay out:

Decide upon an attractive bead to use as the focal point. Also choose three coordinating seed beads. Cut off 30 inches of jewellery making wire using wire cutters.


  1. Find centre of pre-cut wire and centre marker on the wire. Push the two ends of wire in opposite directions around the marker until it has been wrapped approximately three times, this forms the base of the ring.
  2. Hold base firmly and remove ring from marker. Continue to hold firmly and slide the focal point bead on one of the wire ends until it sits horizontally against the marker.
  3. Place a seed bead on wire and continue to wrap the end of the wire clockwise around the bead. Put a slight bend in wire to keep seed bead in place. Continue wrapping wire clockwise around focal bead. Add another seed bead at approximately the 5 o'clock position. Again put a slight bend in wire to keep bead in place.
  4. Do a complete wrap around the focal bead going downward toward the bottom of the bead and then place the third and final seed bead at the 9 o'clock position.
  5. Now, grip end of wire with pliers and wrap around the base four times, cut away excess wire with wire cutters. Be sure to remove any sharp ends and wrap tightly.
  6. To finish, secure the second end of wire. Grip end of wire with pliers and wrap four times around the base on the opposite side of bead, cut away excess wire. Be sure to remove any sharp ends and wrap tightly.

Congratulations! You should now have a balanced looking cocktail ring resembling the one in the picture. Please note: any variations are encouraged as they add to the originality of your handcrafted cocktail ring!

By Lisa from Halifax, Nova Scotia

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March 16, 20101 found this helpful

Show your Irish spirit for St. Patrick's Day with a unique, handmade ring setting of emerald beads. This is a great way to use all those beads most of us already have to make St. Patrick's Day rings for kids, friends and yourself.

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January 28, 20050 found this helpful

Make a ring for your Valentine. You need rocaille beads that are the size of a seed bead and some beading wire. Measure off about two feet of wire. Slip on four beads. Now run the one end of the wire through the last two beads on the other end of the wire.

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