Monday 16 July 2012

Ocean Shell Ring

Hello Everyone

I have an easy ring tutorial for you all today..

It is super easy to make, really! Don't let all the photo's daunt you. 

You will need: a few beads of your choice , 18-20 gauge jewelry wire, 2 crimps, long nose pliers, and something to use as a measure for your finger size (ideally you would use a ring mandrel, but the lid of my nail polish bottle worked perfectly)

I have taken a picture of every step so if you follow those without even reading my instructions - you will be fine... Lets start..

Using the wire, measure your finger, gently place around the mandrel/bottle lid and wind around a few times. Remember to keep the wire tightly packed together and it should stay in shape while you are handling it

Cut the wire from the roll and work with the coils you have made. Thread a crimp on first then your beads, then another crimp.

I found it easier to keep placing my ring onto the lid to keep the coils together and to keep reshaping as I worked. When you are happy with the location of the beads, then its time to neaten the ends by folding them at the bottom, as pictured. Use the pliers to keep the wire neat and tight. Make sure you have no sharp ends sticking out.

Once the ends have been neatened off, then tighten the crimps on either side of the beads.
To add strength to the ring and to help keep its shape - I added extra wire to the sides (optional) just by winding a piece around andending off as I did before. Give the outer coils a little pull so they frame the beads and voila!!

Now its time to show off your new ring, wear it and take photo's of it...

Easy right? Sooooo easy!!!

 Ithought it would be fun to match the ring with my Beach Inspired Bracelet. Worked perfectly don't you think?

Take care



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  1. Of course I love it!! Don't think I've seen anything you've made, I don't love!! You are so creative and I'm happy to have become bloggy friends!!! :)

    1. Oh thank you Lisa - I'm so glad we are bloggy friends too, big hugs xxx

  2. That's so cute Nat - I still don't know how you have the time or the patience, but I love it, and great photography as always !

  3. this ring is so simple i have to make one! do you have any tips on how to hide the wire ends? every time i try wire working i always end up with a poky bit somewhere...

    i hope you'll share your project on Get Your Craft On with the Gilded hare:

    have a good day!

    1. Michelle - so sorry its taken so long to reply. I have been totally swamped this week with a really sick toddler- I will link up next week if thats okay.
      There is a bit of a trick to getting the wire ends folded in that they don't scratch you or rip your clothes. I use my pliers to keep the wire as tight against the coil as possible and when I snip off the remaining bit - I make sure its facing in towards my finger. Then using a nail file or even sand paper - file down the sharp bit it works! Hope this helps and thank you for visiting. I would love to see what you create xx Nat

  4. Perfect complement to the bracelet!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina


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