Sunday, March 4, 2012

Do it Yourself: Put a Ring On It

Jewelry making is a hobby of mine, as is collecting vintage buttons. So, when it came time to make my friends something for Christmas, I found the Holy Grail at Curry Designs Handmade. Jessica Curry has created an easy, detailed tutorial (with photos!) on how to make wire-wrapped button rings.

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I borrowed a pair of needle-nosed pliers and small wire cutters from my dad, found a large jar of miss-matched buttons at an antiques store, and picked up artistic wire at a crafts store at $5 for 10 yards (enough to make at least 8 rings). I decided not to invest $25+ in a mandrel, and instead I used a marker that tapered a little at the end to wrap the rings for size.

I experimented with a variety of wire gauges and materials, and I found that although the 18-gauge wire she recommends looks cute and professional, slightly smaller and more pliable 20-gauge wire is easier to work with. The downside of course is that I needed to wrap the wire more times around my mandrel/marker in order to make the rings sturdy, so I used the wire up more quickly. As for the composition of the wire, brass was more pliable and held up better than colored copper. My friends loved their rings and I’m hoping to sell some of the (zillions) of extras I made at a local crafts fair.

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Jessica also has a tutorial on her blog for making fabric covered button rings (scroll down past the wire-wrapped rings) and she sells many of her original jewelry designs on Etsy.

2 comments:

  1. WOW!!! Thank you very much! I am flattered. Lovely rings you created! Thanks so much for mentioning my blog!-Jessica Curry

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    1. You're so welcome! Thank YOU for the gift idea!

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