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How To Make Wire Wrap Rings

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Here’s what you’ll need:
■Soft or half-hard round wire, in 16-, 18- or 20-gauge. You’ll need a piece that’s somewhere between 3″ (7.6 cm) and 5″ (12.7 cm) long, depending on how big you’d like to make your ring, and how fancy you plan to get with the two ends of it.

For the basic ring I made in this tutorial, I used a 3″ (7.6 cm) piece of 18-gauge copper wire; the finished ring fits up to size 4.5 in the U.S. (U.K. size I, Europe size 7.97).

■Flush cutter / side cutter

■Round nose pliers

■Ring mandrel

How to Make Wire Wrap Rings

1. Start out with the piece of wire you’ve cut to somewhere between 3″ (7.6 cm) and 5″ (12.7 cm) long.

2. Then use your round-nose pliers to turn a small loop at each end of the wire. The two loops should be facing in opposite directions.

3. Then wrap your wire piece around your mandrel. The wire loops you made should overlap slightly, so the finished ring can adjust slightly to a larger size while still completely circling the wearer’s finger.

And that’s all.

Ideas for Variations

■Instead of shaping your wire ends into simple loops, make them in to big spirals or other geometric shapes.

■Give your wire wrap rings a hammered texture.

■Use twisted square wire instead of round.

■Oxidize or patina the finished ring.

■Use colorful Artistic Wire instead of copper, brass, or silver. Consider twisting two or more colors together.

■Add a bead or two to the design.

■Dangle a tiny charm or stamped tag from one of the ring’s loops.

■Make one of the end loops fairly large, and use a piece of 24-gauge wire to wire-wrap a bead into it.

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