October 17, 2014

Wire Wrap Swirl Ring with Loop for Bead Dangles, DIY Jewelry Making

One ringy dingy. Ah, two ringy dingies


Yesterday, I posted instructions on how to make a simple ring with a bead dangle.  They're super easy to make and are great stacking rings.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY

But, with just a few more twists of the pliers, you can make it into a more substantial ring.  

It still has dangles, but with a bigger base it can easily be used with multiple dangles.  It can still stack too.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY

Here's how to do it.  


Start the ring with at least 5 or 6 inches of wire - more if you want a larger swirl or are making a large ring.  I am making a size 8.  Then use the same instructions for the stacking ring with bead dangles up until the point where you should trim the wire.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

Instead of trimming the wire, continue to wrap the wire around the loop for the dangle.  

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

You can make a neat swirl or let the wire overlap slightly so it looks more like a knot.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

Make the swirl flat or tall, big or small, we like them all (my moment channeling Dr. Seuss is over).

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

When you are happy with the size, trim the tail and tuck it neatly under the ring.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

You may need to re-size the ring at this point.  Remember, making it too small is always better than too large.  If it needs to be bigger, give it a little tap on the mandrel with your mallet or chasing hammer.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

Try it on for size.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

Add one or more beaded dangles.  If you're not sure how to add dangles, refer to yesterday's post.

Swirled wire wrap ring with dangles - easy DIY wire jewelry making instructions

I like the more organic swirl or knot look, but it's fun to play with different size and shape swirls.  The copper ring on the right is 16g wire and has a slightly more substantial look.  The gold (red brass) rings are all made with 18g round wire.

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2 comments:

  1. Love it! Thank so much for sharing! Will definitely try this!

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    1. I hope it comes out great! They're a little addictive - so many options with the different beads.

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