Wire Rings have nearly endless variations. I’ve made thousands of rings in the past decade and I’ve never made the same one twice, although I use essentially the same technique every time. I’m sure I could make a million and never repeat one - and so can you!
****NOTE: This is a Set of Instructions ONLY - the materials and finished ring are NOT included in this listing****
This technique has over a hundred clear, close-up photos, nearly 80 steps and 37 pages. It gives you a solid foundation and allows for infinite diversions from the main steps to create a ring that’s uniquely yours.
Despite each resulting ring’s one-of-a-kind design, I developed this technique for production and sale; therefore it is quick, economical, and profitable. I never make fewer than 50 at a time, and I sell hundreds each year at juried art galleries and craft shows; for years my retail price was $22CDN but since holding the tiny wire aggravates my repetitive strain injury and hurts my fingers, I raised the price to $28 to try and keep sales low - but I sell just as many!
What I'm saying is: whatever your goal - making gifts or items for sale - you will find these rings easy to make and popular with others.
The tutorial has two phases: A plain wire-only ring (as shown) and a fully-decorated bead ring. The monochromatic blue ring in the photos is the exact ring created using these tutorial pages. Several variations in style are discussed with plenty of photos to back them up!
NOTE: This tutorial was originally set at "Easy" as it's definitely above beginner but not particularly difficult; however after viewing other "Easy" ring tutorials I decided it was a step more complicated than those and set it to Intermediate. You should have the most basic understanding of wire tools.
Hope you enjoy making these as much as I enjoyed putting these instructions together for you!
****List of Tools and Materials****
ring mandrel hammer flush cutters chain nose OR bent chain nose pliers round artistic wire 20 or 22 gauge round artistic wire 26 or 28 ga one 6mm glass bead four 4mm glass beads (or your choice of beads) two 2mm metal beads to match the wire
DELIVERY: The tutorial PDF will be available as a digital download after purchase.
MY EXPERIENCE Jewellery Tutorials are a perfect fit for me, which means my tutorials are perfect for you. Here's why:
* I'm a self-taught wire artist, since 1998, so I know what it's like to struggle with a new technique or to work without special tools, and you'll find workarounds in my tutorials. You'll also find many of my techniques are different from the usual since nobody was teaching when I was learning and I had to invent something new every time I was solving a problem!
* My day job is to write course curriculum for online, adult learners, and I'm good at it. So you'll find my tutorials have clear, concise, accurate instructions with photos for every step - even partial steps. I know how to teach you no matter how you learn best! Plus, I make jewellery to sell - and I sell a lot of it - so many of my techniques are designed to efficiently put into production, leading to tutorial stages which you can easily follow.
* I am also a graphic designer, so you'll find a consistent, readable layout on every page, photos that draw your focus to the relevant step, and constant clues to keep your place - even if you forget to staple and the whole thing falls apart!
Look for a unique wire style, lots of color, asymmetry, irregular gemstones, inexpensive non-tarnish wire, some steampunk elements, and even some polymer clay.
You keep reading, and I'll keep looking for exciting new ways to help you make jewellery!