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July 05, 2013

Free Tutorial: Spiral or Rose Wire Wrapped Ring

I'm still working my way through my Pinterest Free Jewelry Tutorials Board.  It has provided a lot of inspiration lately.

Today, it's wire rings on the menu!  I made many of these rings last week while I was in Arizona with my family and friends watching my son play baseball.  When your child pitches (whether it's baseball or softball), it results in a lot of nervous energy for the parents.  A lot of my friends pace, or eat sunflower seeds, or talk. I use that fidgety energy to make simple jewelry.  Stuff that doesn't require a ton of concentration - so I can glance up every once in a while, but not obsess over the game.  (He pitched great, by the way - but I like to think that's because I'm channeling my nervous energy into something other than how he's doing).  

The first place I started was with this easy to follow Free Rosette Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorial by McFarland Designs.  Follow it just like the instructions say and you'll have a fabulous ring just like this.

Of course, I didn't follow the instructions all that closely at first, and mine ended up more like a spiral or coil ring.

I like the spiral wire ring too, so I made a few more like this.  I remembered seeing someone who makes spiral rings from a really small gauge (thick) wire and they polish the spiral coil flat and super shiny.  They are very nice, so I decided to channel some of my nervous energy into filing, shaping and smoothing.  I used a nail files and a nail buffer - in case you are wondering.

I really like the results - and this was the spiral ring that I wore most of the trip (when I could pry it off my daughter's hand that is!)

But there are two other free tutorials for rose style rings that I wanted to give a whirl.

The Wire Wrapped Rose Ring Tutorial at Julie Ann Art  is super easy to follow.

And there is another from a Spanish language blog that is entirely in pictures that is also helpful.  The free Rose Ring Tutorial from Ankara66 is great because it doesn't matter what language you speak.  I love when jewelry making information comes from so many different places in the world!

I made a large copper rose ring.  This ring is another of my favorites.  It looks so much like a rose in bloom.  I made the rose flower pretty large and showy.  It's super for summer.

I also made one in silver that has more overlaps and twists in the wire. It is a bit frilly for my taste, but my good friend Cathy who was in Arizona with us, likes this rose style ring the best.  I saw her yesterday and she said she had tons of compliments on her ring in the past week!

Up until now, I haven't used a lot of craft wire for my jewelry making, but I decided to try this ring in black colored wire too.  I thought it would make it less fancy - and it did.  So much so, this is the other ring that I choose to wear lately.

I should mention that in addition to all the rings you see here, I gave away at least 6 or 7 to Mom's and Grand Mom's on our team.  I love being able to do that.  It gives them a sweet little surprise and many parents will remember me and show me the jewelry I gave them at a tournament in prior years.

One year, I brought elastic cord, letter beads and pony beads to keep the siblings of the players busy during the hot games - and the parents all ended up making bracelets to cheer on their kids and the team.  I saw some of those bracelets last week in Arizona too!

If you're looking for something a little more advanced, I have a step by step tutorial on how to make a domed wire spiral ring. The only special tools required are a dapping block.

You could also follow these instructions and replace the dapping step by hammering the spiral flat using a stainless steel bench block.

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  1. I'm enjoying your blog posts Lisa~really loved the part about making bracelets at the ball park :D

    1. Thank you! It was a funny sight to see the Moms playing with the beads I bought for the kids. Especially when they would come running over and ask me 'Can you tie this?' or 'Is this long enough?' - lol.

  2. I like both your rings Lisa what a good idea polishing the wire flat never tried that! My daughter when she makes a coil ring adds a bead in the centre that looks nice too.

    1. I'll have to try a bead in the center - or even in some of the wraps maybe! Thank you Jackie

  3. Elizabeth MorganJanuary 21, 2015

    Hey there! I've been reading through your blog to get ideas, and figured I'd wait to comment on anything until I got to the more current posts. But, this is the ring that got me started :) Working on a few ways now to combine this with the braided style ring, its a work in progress. Waiting for my first batch of beads to come in the mail, way more excited for that box than I thought I'd be! Only been doing this for a few months so I'm definitely still a new beginner and all the tips and tricks online are making it much easier to learn.

    1. I'm glad you are working your way through all of my assorted projects and rambling. I love getting boxes of beads in the mail too - maybe more than actually working with them! I hope you find my blog useful and will let me know as your jewelry making progresses. Enjoy!