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.
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.
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.
Instead of trimming the wire, continue to wrap the wire around the loop for the dangle.
You can make a neat swirl or let the wire overlap slightly so it looks more like a knot.
Make the swirl flat or tall, big or small, we like them all (my moment channeling Dr. Seuss is over).
When you are happy with the size, trim the tail and tuck it neatly under the ring.
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.
Try it on for size.
Add one or more beaded dangles. If you're not sure how to add dangles, refer to yesterday's post.
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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