Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorials

Wire wrapped rings are really popular. It's a good thing artisans are always coming up with different approaches and variations of wire wrapped rings. So here are more! The first one by me is really a review of a single bead wire wrapped ring.

Fake prong ring
Using montees for single bead wire wrapped rings is a cheat way of  getting the look of prong rings! These are  Swarovski rhinestones   in different colors which are foil-backed and come all pre-mounted in a cup setting. They do provide a lot of design flexibility as they have 4 holes for you to thread in two different directions. But as you can see I needed only two of them.

If you have never done any rings before, they are worth a go as they are so much fun to make once you get the hang of the basic steps. You do need a ring mandrel or something like a dowel or even a marker pen if the resulting size fits you. I used about 8-10 inches of 20G wire.

Wrap it around the mandrel such that the wire with the crystal is in the middle. The size 8 position will result in a size 7 ring.

Next wrap the outer wires around the crystal. If you have a rubber or plastic mallet, hammering the ring will help harden the wire - careful you don't smash the crystal!

Remove the ring from the mandrel and trim the wire ends to manageable lengths for wrapping around the two wires which form the ring. Make sure the ends of the wires are nicely tucked down and not poking the wearer.


Real prong ring
This super tutorial by My Beads shows a lovely way of making a real prong setting.

Cluster rings
Dana's got a wonderful cluster ring tutorial based on a love knot on her blog. Check it out!

Jet Designs on Youtube has a tutorial on how to make a different type of bead cluster ring based on eye pins. It's similar to my eye pin ring tutorial (link below) but is prettier! Where our tutorials differ is mine was made to keep the ring adjustable.

The tutorial is in 3 parts :
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3






Knot ring
Karen makes stuff has this great tutorial using 2 beads and knotting the wire. It's really pretty!


Freeform ring
I just love the free form ring tutorial by Jaguar on Cut Out and Keep! Need I say more?

Past ring tutorial posts:
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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips 

9 comments :

Crystal Allure said...

Great idea Pearl! I started a ring collection early this year. I found the worst/hardest part was holding the ring wire on the mandrel and not have it sliding to other sizes while I was trying to wrap it.
-Stephanie

Kokopelli said...

Oh, I have some of those rose montées in my stash. Prong rings are always a bit tricky to get them right. Thanks for sharing!

The Beading Gem said...

Stephanie, those wire mandrels can be annoying because of exactly that problem. Some artisans prefer to use different size wooden dowels. These are of uniform diameter unlike the mandrels.

Montées are an underused treasure as far as I am concerned, Dagi!

Pearl

Almost Precious said...

Rings are something I've never attempted to make, they always looked too complex and I found that intimidating. These wire wrapped beauties though are very seductive and when I have more time (like after the holidays) I may give them a try.
Using a montée to create the look of a prong set jewel is a wonderful and clever idea.

karenmakesstuff said...

What a cool thing to wake up to! I follow your blog every day on my Google Reader and enjoy it very much. I really appreciate you using my ring tutorial and the nice things you said.

Thanks, karenmakesstuff
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BetteJo said...

Very nice - I'm going to need to bookmark this page. Thanks Pearl!

Muppet M said...

Wow, thanks for the great tutorial. I'm inspired! :)

Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me where I can purchase some of those Swarovski rhinestone pre mounted pieces to make these rings?? Thanks ( kingslynn58@yahoo.com )

Pearl Blay said...

I got mine at Fire Mountain Gems. Other suppliers also sell them. Just search for montees which is what they are called.

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