October 16, 2014

Make a Wire Wrap Stacking Ring with Bead Dangles

Put a ring on it


I love rings.

My jewelry blogging life didn't start here at Lisa Yang Jewelry, it started at Make Wire Rings - where I still have many design ideas for wire rings.

Today's rings were inspired by this picture on Pinterest.

It's a simple wire ring with a turquoise bead dangle.  The link to Etsy no longer works, but I still admire the simplicity and versatility of the ring.

wire wrap stacking ring with pearl - works with any beads. Use up your stash.  Free DIY instructions.

Here's my version with a pink freshwater pearl.

Wire wrap stacking ring with dangle - free instructions, easy to make

And another version with a turquoise star bead dangle.  When I made this ring, I was learning to solder and make stacking rings, so my first attempt at a dangle ring was soldered.

Both are easy to make, but today I'll show you how to make the wire wrapped version.


Materials:


4 or 5 inches round wire - I am using 18g red brass
1 bead and headpin or ball pin per dangle

How to make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles

Start by making a loop at one end of your wire.  Be sure to file the end smooth first.

Make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles - use up your bead stash.  DIY - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Wrap the wire around your mandrel, about 1/2 size smaller than you want the finished ring to be.  This is not an exact science since some people wrap tighter than others.  Make it smaller rather than larger since you can always hammer the band on the mandrel to make it larger.

Make sure the loop is vertical and pressed against the mandrel so the ring comes out round.

Make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles - use up your bead stash.  DIY - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Wrap the tail around the loop.  This will secure the ring.  Try to wrap it tightly so the loop you are making is fairly tight and round-ish.

Make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles - use up your bead stash.  DIY - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Remove the wire from the mandrel.  It will look like the picture above.

Make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles - use up your bead stash.  DIY - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Trim the wire from the inside of the loop so the flush cut will press against the band.  I file the cut end with an paper nail file (emery board).

Make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles - use up your bead stash.  DIY - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Squeeze the loop closed against the band.

Make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles - use up your bead stash.  DIY - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

The finished ring band, ready to add dangles.

Make a wire wrap stacking ring with bead dangles - use up your bead stash.  DIY - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Make a dangle using a headpin.  I am using a pretty white glass butterfly bead.

I love this cute wire stacking ring - easy to make and so perfect for everyday.

Make sure you slide the headpin on the loop before you wrap it closed.  Try to keep the loop small and the wrap tight and small - this keeps the dangle closer to the ring, which I think makes it look a little nicer.

Great instructions, DIY for stacking ring with wire and beads.  Easy, free jewelry making tutes

Try it on!  I like it - but sometimes I add more than one dangle.

Great instructions, DIY for stacking ring with wire and beads.  Easy, free jewelry making tutes

So I added a glass star too.

I've got to make some of these stack rings - wire and beads for dangles.

Here's my happy little group of rings.  I tend to use simple shaped beads for these and when I wear them, stack them with plain bands or wear them alone.  The pearl one is my go-to ring.

I sell a lot of these at my holiday home shows and for party favors for sweet 16's.  I also make them with birthstone colored crystals in addition to the cute shape beads and pearls.

Looking for a ring with a little something, something more?  



Try this style with a swirl / rose/  knot base around the dangle.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! Love these sweet rings! Wearing some right now!

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  2. Wow truly enjoy your tutorials. Thanks for sharing your talent <3

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