Monday night we had another ring making class at the always wonderful A Peaceful Path. It was a lot of fun, but sad too; due to recent bizarre local government actions, Bonnie has made the decision to close her doors. I’m heartbroken as this is such a serene place, and no other venue like this exists in our little town. But I have faith that greater things will happen in all our futures. So I choose to celebrate the positives. And Monday night was definitely one of those positive moments. Everyone who came made at least two rings, and then kept right on going! I’m sharing my little tutorial today, because they made it and so can you!
Tools Wire cutters, nylon jaw pliers, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, rubber hammer and ring mandrel.
A button and 20 gauge wire. I like just about any size button, but generally keep it under an inch and a quarter. I use Parawire because I like the finish and its’ stiffness, but you can use any 20 gauge wire you have on hand.
Cut a 18′ length of wire, and straighten it with your nylon jaw pliers, or run it thru your fingers to straighten it.
Thread your button onto the wire and slightly fold in the middle. This just creates a reference point as to where the middle is.
With the button in the groove on the back of the mandrel, line up the wire one size larger than you want the ring to be. This generally holds true, but some button shanks are so large that you might have to go two sizes larger.
Wrap the wire around the mandrel twice for both ends, for a total of four wraps. Now to me, direction is important, so I always wrap the wire out of the left of the button around the top, the wire from the right around the bottom.
Push your wires together under the button and pull the wires tight. Here, I’ve shown the wire at a size 8, however, I slid it down to a size 9.
Now spiral your wires around the button shank tightly. Keep spiraling until you have about 3 inches of wire left. If one wire is longer than the other, simply spiral that wire around an extra round
When you are down to three inches of wire on both ends, remove the ring from the mandrel and straighten the wires if necessary.
Now fold the wire down and push it up thru the center of the ring band. This can be a little tricky, but be patient and hold your ring firmly.
Now pull the wire up and it will start to gather the wires together.
Fold the wire back down, somewhat tightly so that it will finish pulling the wires together. Repeat on the other side.
Put the ring back on the mandrel, and look! It shrank! Each time you wrap the wires around, it will get smaller.
Repeat wrapping the ends around the band until it gets to the right size. You can also check it on your finger if you want. When you have the right size, trim both ends down to 3/4 of an inch long.Let the ends stick out perpendicular to the band.
You could cut the excess wire off, but I like to make little curls on my rings. To do that, start a coil on each end with your round nose pliers. Coil as much as you can with the round nose.
Then grasp the coil with the flat nose pliers and finish your coil. Kep going until the coil is sitting on top of your band.
Now take the flat nose pliers and pull the coil over the top of the band.
And then flatten it to the band. Sorry for the blurry pics! had to use the timer for the last two shots. Now make your coil on the other side.
If your coil isn’t centered, or if it’s misaligned, now is the time to fix it.
Put the ring back on the mandrel and hammer gently on the center of the back only.
And take it off of the mandrel. There you have it!
Now enjoy some of pictures from our class. Again, they are a little blurry, but I attribute that to the high energy of all my wonderful students!Pin It