I made a beaded ring like this several years ago and I love it! I loved it so much I made a bunch of them and gave them to friends for Christmas along with this necklace. The bead I used is bright red with a silver inside that makes it extra shiny. It’s a fun ring to wear because it is so big and bright.
The ring I made was left in the bottom of my purse for far too long and hardly resembles a ring now. So I decided to share a tutorial with everyone as I made myself a new one.
– Thin wire – I used 20 gauge
– Wire cutters
– Bead of your choice
– Ring mandrel – I found this one at Michaels on clearance one time. But you can always use a highlighter or something to wrap around. You just won’t have as much control over the size.
Cut about 12 inches of of 20 gauge silver wire.
When measuring out your size on the mandrel, go up about 1/2 size. The bead will cut down the size a bit. When selecting your bead, try to find one that is fairly flat on one side. It is going to be sitting directly on your finger so you want it to be flat.
Wrap the wire once around the mandrel as shown. Make sure your wires are not crossed in the back.
Wrap the wire around the bead keeping the wire on opposite sides.
I found that wrapping three times around the bead kept it secure without adding too much bulk.
Try to keep the wire as tight and even as you can. But don’t worry about lining everything up perfectly. It looks the best when it is a little uneven.
Wrap the remaining wire around the shank 2-3 times. Tuck the end in so it doesn’t poke your finger. Repeat on both sides.
And your beaded ring is done! Play around with sizes of beads and colors of wire. Each one will be unique. You can even try using multiple beads. Wrapping the wire around might be a little more difficult but definitely not impossible.
Very Pretty. Make me one. I think you’re right that if it’s uneven it looks more interesting and hand made.
Thanks! Christmas is coming up… 🙂