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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Simple wire wrapped ring...5 minutes to make.

Start with about 18 inches of your favorite wire. I am using 16 gauge copper rose gold colored craft wire from http://www.wire-sculpture.com/16-gauge-silver-plated-copper-craft-wire . This seems half hard...I will use dead soft on my next one. Wrap it around your ring mandrel a little smaller than your desired final size leaving equal amounts on each end. Grip the wire close to the mandrel and bend up at a right angle on each side.

If you measure the distance between the holes in your focal...in this case a raku button by www.wondrousstrange.etsy.com and wrap your wire to match the approximate width the button  will slide directly onto the band and rest properly. 

Make a bend at equal distances above the surface of the focal and cut the wire with your side cutters.

Then curl up the wire into a fern frond like spiral. Since I used 16 ga half hard wire this was a bit tough and the marks from the pliers show.

When you curl the second piece..other patterns are ok..make it your way; make sure the spiral goes in the opposite direction.

Then carefully flatten the coils to the surface. This is where I discovered why dead soft wire would be best. A better spiral or other pattern could be made with soft wire.
All that's left to do is wear it.

4 comments:

  1. You would not think it is this simple when you look at this beautiful ring. You have done a great job 'demystifying' this :)

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  2. be careful for tool marks, other then that great ring ☺.

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  3. Why do you start off smaller? I would understand if the ring were to be hammered /stretched as I do on my wraps. I don't understand the purpose here. The result is interesting. I don't have raku buttons, so my try at this will use polymer clay that can be heated as a unit.

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  4. Brilliant! I can't wait to try this 😊😊💜

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