Easy Handmade DIY Wire Rings

Wire Rings Finished

I am all over gold wire jewelry these days. I love how delicate they look, and they are great for layering - necklaces on necklaces, bracelets on bracelets, rings on rings! Most of the pieces I've seen are actually pretty easy to make, it just takes a bit of practice and patience. Which is why I feel pretty silly selling gold wire necklaces and bracelets on my Etsy store, but I figure there are some people out there who don't feel like making it themselves!

Anyway, while I've had a lot of practice doing cursive in wire, there's a whole world of projects using gold wire I haven't even attempted. On Pinterest and Google, I saw many gold wire rings I wanted to replicate, particularly the rings in this pin and this Etsy page. And so was born this post. Read on below to see two tutorials for two different wire rings!

 

Supplies

Things you will need:
- Gold jewelry wire (I recommend either 14K gold filled half-hard wire or gold-colored non-tarnishing copper wire in 22 gauge thickness)
- Round-nose jewelry pliers
- Wire cutters/jewelry cutters or scissors
- (Optional) Flat-nose jewelry pliers
- (Optional) Ring mandrel
- (For the stone bead ring) Stone bead that your wire fits through


Instructions: Tiny Bow Ring

Bow Ring How To
  1. Cut about 5-6 inches of gold wire.
  2. Get the basic ring shape. 
    If you have a ring mandrel, great! Wrap your wire around your desired ring size, and make sure there's about an equal length of wire leftover on each side. 
    If you don't have a ring mandrel (I did not), just wrap the wire around the finger you want to wear the ring on.
  3. Using the round-nose jewelry pliers, take one end of the wire (the end that is on top) and bend it around the pliers to create one side of the bow shape. 
    You'll want to hold the pliers about 1/8 to 1/4 inch from where the two ends cross (which is the center of your bow). The further away you hold the pliers, the larger the bow will be.
  4. Taking the other end of the wire (the end that is on the bottom), use the jewelry pliers to form the loop on the other side of the bow. 
  5. Still working with this end of the wire, thread the end through the ring from the bottom, pull it from the top, and bend it down. This will hold the bow in place in the center.
    If you have flat-nose pliers, give the center a little squeeze to make sure everything stays in place.
  6. Using your cutters/scissors, snip off the ends to your desired length. 

Done!

 Why do my fingers look so wrinkly? :P

Why do my fingers look so wrinkly? :P

Are you ready to make another ring? Keep on reading for the wire wrapped stone-bead ring!

Instructions: Wire Wrapped Stone Bead Ring

Bow Wire Ring How To
  1. Cut about 12-15 inches of gold wire.
  2. String your stone bead onto the wire and place it in the middle of your wire.
  3. Get the basic ring shape. 
    If you have a ring mandrel, great! Wrap your wire around your desired ring size, making sure the stone stays in the middle of your finger. Make sure there's about an equal length of wire leftover on each side. 
    If you don't have a ring mandrel (I did not), just wrap the wire around the finger you want to wear the ring on.
  4. Hold the ring at the corner with your pliers (preferably flat-nosed, but round-nose may work), and make sure you have a firm grip on both the wire coming out of the bead and the other wire you're about to wrap around.
  5. Keeping the firm grip, use your hands to first bend the wire (so that it's no longer vertical) and then wrap the wire around your bead.
    You'll probably want to wrap it slightly under your bead.
    Wrap the wire a few times around, until you have about an inch or slightly less of wire left when you come back to where you're holding the pliers. 
  6. Try your ring on again to double check that it still fits.
    If so, proceed onwards!
    If not, undo your wrapping, pull a little bit of wire from one end of the bead to make the ring larger, and try again. Once you get started, you can also try wrapping the ring while it's on your finger.
  7. Releasing the pliers, use your hand to coil the remaining inch or so of wire around the two wires of the ring band, wrapping around and downwards.
    One side done!
  8. Now gripping the other side of the ring, right at the corner of the other side of the bead, repeat steps 5-7. 
    If one side's coil is a little longer than the other, you can cut off any extra bit so that both sides look even.

Done again!

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I also had some leftover wire from when I cut it, so I tried making another ring with a heart. You can pretty much make any shape or word with the wire. I think I now have close to 8 different gold wire rings, because I kept thinking of or seeing rings I wanted to make. I need to stop! 

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They're cute though, right? I don't think I should wear these three rings ALL at once, but I think if I make more midi rings to wear on the middle of my finger, I could rock like 6 different rings on one hand!