Not all rings need a big sparkly rock to be beautiful. Learn how to make a spiral wire ring that shines all on its own! You’ll be hypnotized by this cool coiled ring design. You can even transfer the techniques demonstrated in this tutorial to other wire jewelry projects.
one piece of 16ga soft, round wire 10 inches long for a size 8 ring – *see notebelow regarding sizes.
rubber or rawhide mallet
round nose pliers
flat nose pliers
needle file or steel wool #0000
*This sample was in size 8, so if you want a smaller ring, you can decrease the length by either cutting it ½ inch shorter or creating a bigger center spiral. For bigger sizes, do the opposite and cut a longer piece of wire to begin
the project. Obviously it’s better to start with a longer piece and cut some of it off if necessary.
1.) Using your round nose pliers, make a small right angle bend 2 ½ inches from the end of the 16ga wire. Increase that length about ¼ inch for the next size ring or shorten it for smaller rings by the same measure.
2.) With the square nose pliers gripping the shorter stem of wire, begin a spiral by bending and curving the longer length of wire with your fingers to make a flat loop.
3.) Continue forming a flat spiral with your fingers until the spiral is big enough to grip with your flat nose pliers.
4.) When the spiral is approximately 1 ¼ inches in diameter and you have the same number of turns on all sides, make a bend on the wire at a right angle with your round nose pliers.
5.) Flatten the other end (short section) against the back of the spiral with the flat nose pliers so that it is opposite the longer end.
6.) Place the ring against the ring mandrel, holding it with your thumb.
7.) Wrap the two sections of wire around the mandrel at approximately the size ring you want to create.
8.) Make sure to bring both wires directly in front of the spiral. If they are not the same size, cut the longer piece so that both ends match.
9.) Create a tiny loop on either side of the center spiral in opposite directions. You can do this while the ring is on the mandrel with the round nose pliers.
10.) Gently pound the ring with the rubber mallet at the back and sides, and just a bit on the spiral itself.
11.) Check to be sure that the ring is flat and aligned. Tweak the loops if necessary with the round nose pliers. Remove any tool marks with your file and/or steel wool. Buff the ring with a soft cloth. The ring should sit flat on the finger with the shank wires close together.