How to Make Wire Rings

Wire is a wonderful tool for making jewelry. It's inexpensive and easy to bend into any shape you want. Making this ring requires only a couple of tools and some simple handiwork. Its spiral shape is almost hypnotic, making it a winner as a gift or something to wear yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 gauge aluminum craft wire, 2 feet
  • Ruler
  • Soft rag
  • Wire cutter
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Pen or knitting needle the circumferece of your ring size
A spiral ring
A spiral ring (Image: Wire ring)

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Materials

Step 1

12 gauge craft (or floral) wire is larger in circumference than the lower number gauge wires. Despite its thickness, the aluminum core makes it quite easy to bend. It is sold in 5 yard looped quantities in a variety of colors.

Supplies
Supplies (Image: Supplies)

Step 2

Measure and cut 2 feet of 12 gauge aluminum wire with your wire cutters.

Measure and cut
Measure and cut (Image: Step 1)

Step 3

Bend the ring around your round object four times. Leave a 1 inch tail on the back side of the band. Leave the other end long on the front of the band. It will measure about 8 inches, although the exact measurement depends on the ring size.

Finish off the short end
Finish off the short end (Image: Step 2)

Step 4

Wrap the end of the wire with a piece of cloth to protect it from getting scratched by the rough pliers. Grab the short tail of your wire and twist it down into a circle looping toward the wrapped ring.

Form a small spiral
Form a small spiral (Image: Step 3)

Step 5

Take the long end of the wire and twist it in a second spiral. This loop must start with a very tight crimped bend at first, then a looser loop, circling around the initial crimp parallel many times until there is no excess wire. This spiral should fall on the opposite side of the other one, on the front of the band.

Form a large spiral
Form a large spiral (Image: Step 4)

Tips & Warnings

  • Wire bends easily and can accidentally get kinks where there should be a curve. Bending it around a round object helps to make the circles perfectly round for the band. The spiral is another concentric shape but this must be created free-form to get the circles to sit next to one another. Go slow when making these circles, a kink takes time to correct, and sometimes is very hard to get rid of.
  • 12 gauge craft (or floral) wire is not to be confused with 12 gauge steel wire which is sold at the hardware store. You need heavy duty tools to bend steel wire making it unsuitable for this project.
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