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How to Make a Ring

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Rings can be made from a wide variety of materials to suit many different occasions. The complexity of the ring making will likely determine whether or not the project is one you'd like to take on; in this article, you'll discover various different ways to make a ring, to give you lots of choice.


Basic Ring from a Ring Blank

This ring is formed from a silver ring blank knocked into shape. It can be enameled, etched, carved or otherwise decorated as required.

  1. Place the ring blank into a clamp.File to shorten to the finger size required. Smooth the edges with a file followed by emery paper.
  2. Bend the ring into shape using pliers.File the ends to meet exactly.
  3. Twist binding wire around the new ring shape.Solder the joint with hard solder. Dip in cold water, then remove and dry. Remove the wire and pickle the ring.
  4. File away any excess solder.Then place the ring on the mandrel; tap around the ring to ensure that it takes on a perfectly round shape.
  5. Place the ring in nitric acid.This will remove fire stain. Rinse off well.
  6. Finish off.Brush the silver with a brass brush and a mixture of water and gentle dish detergent. Continue to brush until the ring turns shiny. You can either stop here and wear the ring as it is, or you can add decorative effects as desired.

Charm Ring

Keep the cost low by using of the materials silver plated rings and glass beads.

  1. Remove the wire from the pencil.Cut across the top of the loops with the wire cutter. Leave the ends of each jump ring open; this will let you slip on the charms.
  2. Spread out the beads and charms to see each piece clearly.If you're using seed beads, see How to work with seed beads.
  3. Make the charms.Put two or three beads on one head pin. Twist the end of the pin around the narrow part of the needle nose pliers. Use flat nosed pliers to grasp the wire end, and wrap it around the base of the loop three times. Trim close to the loop.
  4. Place three charms on each jump ring.Join the jump ring to the beading ring band. Firmly close each jump ring. Done.

Bow Ring

  1. Find an object that is about the same size as your finger to make your ring on.You don't need a ring mandrel to be able to make rings; any round object the size of your finger will do. Try the extended lid of a nail polish bottle, a mascara tube or a marker.
  2. Wrap a piece of fairly thick wire around the object once.Leave about 3 inches (7.5cm) to work with on either side. The loop formed this way will become the ring, while the overhang on either side will form the two halves of the bow.
    • If you're not sure what thickness you want, try 20 gauge.
  3. Bend one of the overhanging ends into a loop.This bend will form half of the bow. Pull the wire outwards, then bend it up, over, and back towards the center.
  4. Bend the other overhanging end into a matching loop.Clip the excess wire from the ends of the bow.
    • If desired, you can curl up both ends of the bow slightly for a nice finish.
  5. Wrap a piece of thin wire in a contrasting color around the center of the bow.This will form the band usually seen on a bow and holds the bow in place. Clip away any excess. For a funky loop, wrap lots of wire as shown below.
    • For a subtler look, try wrapping the wire only a few times (or even wrap it in an X shape).
  6. File all the wire ends down to make them smooth.If this isn't done, you risk the bow ends cutting into your fingers.
  7. Put the ring on.The usual position is to face the ends of the bow point towards your arm. Done.

Beaded Ring

There are numerous possibilities for making a beaded ring.

Repurposed Ring

Repurposing broken jewelry or other household objects is a quick and fun way to produce a new ring.

  1. Find broken jewelry, such as earrings or necklaces.Salvage a gem, a bow, a stone or other embellishment. Apply glue to the embellishment and a basic ring and press firmly in place. Done!
  2. Find circular objects the same width as your finger.These could be everything from drink bottle rings to curtain rings. If the item fits comfortably, it's likely to work well as a repurposed ring. Glue on beads, buttons, sequins, etc. to funk it up, then it's done. It's easy and it's fun, and even the kids can make this type of recycled ring.
  3. Use craft items to make a ring.Many craft items lend themselves well to being turned into a ring. Examples include ribbon, felt, scrap fabric, rubber rings, buttons, sequins and more.
    • Make a ring out of a pipe cleaner.

Paper Ring

For the last-minute desperate need to find a ring before a proposal, a paper ring is the ideal solution!

  1. Cut or tear a small length of paper from any paper.It could come from a magazine, a catalog, a letter or even a book.
  2. Fold the length in half.
  3. Fold in half again.
  4. Fold one end into a point.
  5. Write something on the ring.It might be something like "I love you" or "Sorry about this improvised ring, better one to come".
  6. Bring the two ends together with a fastener.This might be a staple, tape or a floral pin bent over to close it. Done.

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Quick Summary

If you want to make a wire bow ring, find an object that is about the same size as your finger and wrap 14 gauge wire around it once. Leave 3 inches of wire on each side and bend them into loops to form the bow. Then, wrap a different color of wire around the center of the bow to add style. Alternatively, to make a paper ring, cut a small strip of paper, fold in in half twice, and use tape or a staple to hold it in a ring shape.

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Things You'll Need

Basic Ring from a Ring Blank:

  • Silver ring blank
  • Ring clamp
  • Emery paper
  • Pliers
  • Binding wire
  • Soldering equipment (you'll need to know how to use it)
  • Hard solder
  • General pickle solution
  • Mallet
  • Nitric acid
  • Brass brush

Bow Ring:

  • Thick wire
  • Small, thin piece of contrasting wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat-nosed pliers
  • Round-nosed pliers for curling the ends of the bow (optional)

Charm Ring:

  • Sterling silver ring band with beading holes (also called a cluster ring shank - or make your own with wire)
  • Wire tools (small wire cutter, small flat nosed pliers, small round nosed pliers - available at local hardware stores or craft stores.
  • Sturdy jump rings or 14 gauge silver wire to make your own jump rings by using a small cylindrical object to wrap wire around (e.g. pencil)
  • Glass beads, charms, and semi-precious beads
  • Small silver beads, silver head pins (the pins should be narrow enough to go through the bead holes.)

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