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How To Make A Copper Wire Ring

How-to make a copper wire ring

The ring I made before went well so I wanted to play around with that some more. Here I have a gauge 22 and 18 wire. The smaller the number the thicker the wire.

Yes, it’s a handle of some sort. This end makes a bigger ring, something like a size 8. the other end has a metal collar and is more like a size 6 1/2 – 7. The beads I used today are a semi-precious amethyst and they fit both wire sizes.

This is the 18 gauge which I’m wrapping twice. The 22 gauge I wrap three times. I brought the wires together and bent one up and one down in the center.

Work one bead at a time.

Once strung with a bead each wire goes behind in the opposite direction.

Like so.

Time to put the ring back on our “form”. This is when you want to tighten everything up and make sure the wire is going where you want it to go.

wire wrapped ring

Now you want to make the wire and beads symmetrical. What you do on the top, do the opposite on the bottom. I do feel my way through each ring, for me it’s an organic process. I’ve also snipped the wires to and inch, inch and a half. This depends on how big you want your spirals.

I prefer smaller ones so I snipped mine to an inch. Use the round nosed pliers to start the spiral.

With the thicker wire especially I need to get the spiral into my flat nosed and really crank. Let the spiral sit in the bottom part of your pliers and the wire feed through the top.

This spiral will sit below the top bead.

Like so.

Again, what you did with your first spiral do the opposite with the other.

One in both sizes, each a little different. I didn’t get this wire at the craft store, this is wire that Lois from “A Beaded Affair” brought me. Great price in lots of gauges and shapes and she’s got nice beads too.

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  • x x

    Cute :O)

  • http://www.facebook.com/abeadedaffair Lois Linquist

    Sweet, fast little ring. Great for doing at shows as you sit. I make a similar ring without beads for kids that wander into my booth. Often brings Mom over for a look. That's not really the reason I started making them but it has been a happy coincidence of making the rings for kids.

  • milia fauziah

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  • http://MLinLA.blogspot.com Michelle L.

    Great tutorial! I love how these turned out a little different each time.

  • http://twitter.com/PaintedEasel @PaintedEasel

    Thank you so much for sharing! I'll have to give it a shot!

  • Ronalyn

    I haven't done a ring in a very long time and I think you've enticed me to try your technique. Really cute!

  • hannah

    I can do this…getting out my supplies now!

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