This project is addicting! Once you get the hang of it you won’t want to stop making these gorgeous wire wrapped bead rings. They’re so quick to make that I ended up making almost a dozen in just an hour. This project would make a pretty last minute gift, and it’s also a great group project for tweens and teens to make. I used $1 bead bags and wire that I found in the craft section of Walmart, which makes this project really affordable for large groups.
- Artistic Wire 20-Gauge Buy-The-Dozen, Various Colors, 12-Pack
- Ring Sizer
Step one: Cut 12 inches of craft wire and place the bead in the center of the wire.
Step two: Place the bead on the ring sizer and wrap each wire around it once.
Step three: Take the ring off the sizer. I tried to do this next step on the sizer and the wire kept sliding off the bead. I got much better results when I took the ring off. Begin wrapping each of the wires around the bead, kind of like winding the hands on a clock. I went counterclockwise.
Step four: Leave about an inch of wire on each side. Wrap that bit of wire around each side of the bead. I found this step easier to do with jewelry pliers. I then pressed the end of the wire in firmly with the pliers, or you could cut the end if it is sticking out. Place the ring back on the ring sizer if it has lost it’s shape.
Aren’t these rings pretty? Don’t get discouraged if the first few don’t turn out the way you want them to. I had to make several before I got the hang of it. Once you figure it out you’ll be hooked! Then you can start experimenting with different sized beads and with putting more than one bead on the wire. Have fun crafting and creating.
Want to see more easy jewelry ideas? Check out my tutorials page!)
This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I was a contributor.