Pearl ring tutorialJanuary 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Posted in crafts | 2 Comments
Tags: DIY, jewelry, pearl beads, ring, step by step photos, tutorial, wire wrapped ring
I finally got around to making another wire wrapped ring, and took pictures this time for a tutorial. I used a cheap faux pearl, but you can get real pearl beads, and nice faux crystals at most craft stores.
The supplies that you will need are:
20 gauge wire
26 gauge wire
pen / pencil
First you will need to use a mandrel, or find something the same size as your finger. I walked around the house trying my wedding band on different things until I found a marker the exact right size. Next, I cut a strip of paper and wrapped it around my marker [hereafter known as the "mandrel".] I slid the edges of the paper so that you would be able to clearly see how it was wrapped, but you really want it to be tighter.
Wrap the paper around the mandrel two times, drawing a line each time the paper overlaps. Remove the paper, and cut it off at the second line. You should have a strip of paper that is twice the length of your finger, with a line in the middle.
Fold the ends of the paper into the middle, then flatten it back out. Draw lines on the two creases that you just made. These will be the marks that you need, you can erase the middle line or just ignore it. (I used some junk mail, hence the strange numbers.)
Use the paper as your ruler to cut the 20 gauge wire. You will need two pieces of wire. Use a permanent marker and mark the two outer lines on the wire.
Use your pliers and bend the wires at a 90* angle on both lines.