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Lillian Chen's Sculptural Crystal Ring Tutorial

Lillian Chen is known for her amazing 3D wire work. She has a wonderful sculptural crystal ring tutorial over on WireJewelry. Her sweeping style takes advantage of the original curves of the wire as it comes off the spool.

She works with thicker wire.  This tutorial uses 14G wire.  Not many bead holes are large enough. Check out this Fire Mountain Gems resource guide which shows you what beads can take which wire gauge. It is not a comprehensive list but it gives you an idea.

So you may have to find big hole beads or drop the gauge down to 16G. Or even better, make your own custom beads from polymer clay and other forms of clay. This is a good solution especially if you are not keen on blingy crystals.

Practice with something like Parawire but I would use precious metals not plated wire for rings which are going to be worn a lot.

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  1. You sure could let your imagination run wild with this!!

  2. Love this, especially because you can make lots of different and unique rings!

    1. Absolutely! The whole idea with handmade is we can make our own unique designs.

  3. I typically make rings out of 20g or 18g wire simply because I do not know how to finish the edges but It is a clever idea to leave the end of the wire after filing with cup bur.

    1. It does make for a minimalist look for sure. Otherwise one has to spiral the wire end etc.


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