Monday, June 20, 2011

Wire Wrap Sparkle Ring Tutorial

Black Crystal Sparkle Ring

Beaded rings are great instant gratification projects. Making fun and simple ring designs allow you to finish a project in one sitting, so you can have a pretty accessory on the go. Plus they’re great for gifts and can be the perfect solution to leftover beads.

This pretty wire wrap ring project comes to us from the designers at Beads Direct. The jewel-like setting uses crystals and glass for lots of sparkle and endless color possibilities. The focal works up in a freeform manner, with simple wraps with each added bead, so you can change up the shapes and placement to suit your taste.

To make one ring you will need:

0.5 mm Silver plated beading wire
2mm Aluminium silver beading wire
8mm Czech fire polish glass beads
Crystal glass beads heart and twisted coin shapes

Purple Sparkle Ring Project


Black Sparkle Ring Detail

1. Wrap a length of aluminum wire 3 times around your chosen ring shaper or mandrel, leaving an end of approximately 3 cm. Wrap the end of wire around the base 2 or 3 times to hold the coils together. Snip off any excess wire.

2. Cut about 10 cm of silver wire and string on a bead. Holding the bead close to the wire ring base, wrap each end of silver wire around the base to secure the bead. Position the bead where you would like it on the ring, and then start to wrap the heavy wire around it.

3. After a few wraps, string another bead and wrap the wire around the new bead and the previous one. Continue adding beads and wrapping with this method until you get the size and shape you want for your focal. To finish, pass the end of the wire through the middle of the ring and pull it out through a gap in the beads to snip off the excess wire.

Happy beading!

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6 comments:

  1. Linked over from Polyvore...love the ring tutorial!

    Think you could do a bracelet tutorial like this? http://www.stelladot.com/corporate/productcatalog?page=productgroup&selectedLocale=en_CA&productGroupId=85

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  2. Thanks, Miss Emmy! I am working on a beadweaving variation of the leather wrap bracelet style, but I'm not sure I'll ever attempt the real thing. I do know of a few good tutorials, though!

    In text with pictures:

    http://www.fusionbeads.com/beadingfaq/techniques.php?bfid=197

    And a video:

    http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Wrap-Bracelets-Video_p_9111.html

    All you have to do is substitute a pair of cube beads for the round ones. And let me know how it works out!

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  3. I know you can do that tutorial for sure! Love this!

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  4. I'm always left with a bead or two after a project. This is a great way to use them!

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