So if you saw my post on why I decided to re-join the monthly subscription services (Birchbox and Whimseybox) you saw that I was too lazy at the time to go to Hobby Lobby to get supplies to make the rose wrap ring. Well, I made time to make a pit stop on my way home on Thursday and grabbed the basic supplies I would need to get started.
- 1 roll 18 Gauge Silver-Plated Artistic Wire (didn’t have bronze) – 4 yards
- 1 set 3-mini plier tools (included flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, and angle snippers)
That’s it! I used the mobile 40% off coupon (seriously.. bookmark this – you can use it for 40% off one item EVERY time you go!) and my total was like $12 – OR you can click the links and purchase them from Amazon which is actually cheaper. One roll of wire will make quite a few rings so that’s great – BUT I do not recommend the mini plier tools. The handles are too short for you to get a good grip and have any leverage. It was a cheap set that allowed me to see if it was something I enjoyed without spending too much money, and now that I see that I like it I will invest in a better set (or raid my husband’s toolbox). If I could go back in time I would tell past me to buy the big girl tools. Just a heads up. Don’t be past me.
Update: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores also has a great selection of crafting wire and it is very reasonably priced (I actually got several different colors and gauges at 25% off and they ended up being about $1.86 a pop!). If you are going to go to the store be sure to download the app for your phone (iPhone and Android) and check out the coupons! There was a 50% off coupon for full-price items the last time I looked (they change though, so hurry).
This video should be a helpful walk through of how to make them. It’s not me in the video FYI… she has a lot more wire than I do. And better pliers.
You may also want to pick up a pair of Nylon Jaw Pliers for flattening the wire (or holding it without scuffing) – I didn’t and had some marks on my rings. Live and learn.
I wore my new creation to school and one of my friends pretty much immediately asked me to make her one. So clearly if you wanted to you could turn this into a little crafty side business… especially if you are good at it.
After I made the second heart ring I decided to brave the cute rose ring from JulieAnnArt. I didn’t want to attempt it first because it takes about 3 times as much wire (6 inches vs 20 inches) and if I screwed it up I would be annoyed with myself. After completing the rose ring, I know I made the right choice because it was definitely a more technically difficult ring than the hearts.
I apologize in advance for the pictures of the rose ring – I only had my iPhone on me (and it’s in a LifeProof case so it’s a little more blurry) but I wanted to get photos of the major steps for you guys. Fortunately the neck of my nail polish bottle is just about the right size for my ring finger, but you may have to find a cylinder that is a better fit for you (or better yet – by this thing called a ring mandrel which will let you get exact ring sizes)
As you can see from the photos, the last step of wrapping the leftover wire around the band is one of the most difficult parts because you have to maneuver the wire through the loops while also trying to pull it tight but at the same time not constrict the band loops too much. Mine looks more like an abstract spiral than a rose, but I like it anyways. The one in the tutorial looks like it has tighter spirals. I think this would be easier to accomplish if you had something to hold the band in place while you wrap. Or maybe it will just get easier with practice.
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I have a couple of ideas for my next few projects including letter rings, and being a science nerd I want to try the heartbeat pattern. I’ve also contemplated trying to make some kind of DNA pattern, but I’m still working on it. I’ll let you guys know what I come up with. I’m pinning my inspiration onto my Wire Wrap Jewelry pinboard, which you can follow (send me pins too if you find something good!).