Adjustable Monogram Ring Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.
(Jewelry Making Journal)

Adjustable Monogram Ring Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

adjustable monogram ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This monogram ring tutorial is easy and versatile. I’ve used mixed metals in the examples here, but of course you can use whatever metals you like best!

Rena Klingenberg - tutorial for adjustable monogram ring

I know we don’t usually think of a monogram being just one initial, but Roget’s Thesaurus lists “initials” as a synonym for “monogram” – so I’m including a single-initial design here as a monogram ring! πŸ™‚

ring with two initials by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies

brass wire for bracelet fastening tool

  • 9″ of wire (I used 16 gauge round brass wire, but you could also use 18 or 20 gauge in your choice of metal)
  • Metal tag for stamping (for the one-initial ring I used a small sterling silver metal jewelry tag; for the two-initial ring I used an antique-silver color “photo turn”, which you can usually find with papercraft / scrapbooking supplies).
  • Jump ring for attaching the tag to the ring
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutter
  • Round-nose pliers
  • A file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone for smoothing off the wire ends
  • A ring mandrel, dowel or PVC pipe section
  • Rubber or nylon jewelry hammer (optional)
  • Metal stamps, hammer, and steel block for stamping initials on the tags
  • Flat nose / chain nose pliers for opening and closing the jump ring.

Adjustable Monogram Ring Tutorial

Cut a piece of wire about 9″ (229mm) long:

Use your file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone to round and smooth off both ends of the wire:

Use the fattest part of your round nose pliers to make a loop on one end of your wire:

Your wire should now look like this:

Wrap your wire tightly around and around your ring mandrell / dowel / PVC pipe, until you run out of wire.

Wrap it so that the coils lie as tightly against each other as you can manage:

The wire end that does NOT have the loop should lie nicely alongside the wire coils:

Optional – use your nylon or rubber hammer to harden your wire and pound your ring into shape on your mandrel:

Use your metal-stamping supplies to stamp the initial(s) on your metal tag. (If you’re new to metal stamping, see my Metal Stamping Tutorial.)

metal stamping tools - Rena Klingenberg

You can darken the letters in your tags by oxidizing, or by coloring them in with a fine-tip Sharpie marker and then wiping off the excess Sharpie ink with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol.

The letters on these two tags are darkened with a black fine-tip Sharpie marker:

Use your flat nose / chain nose pliers to open the jump ring and attach the tag to your ring’s large loop. Close the jump ring.

And you’re done!

ring with two initials by Rena Klingenberg

Of course, instead of making monogram rings, you could also attach a bead or other trinket to the ring.

Rena Klingenberg - tutorial for adjustable monogram ring

This is a nicely customizable item to offer your customers.

And because it’s easy to adjust to fit the wearer (by stretching or compressing the ring’s coils), you can position it as a gift item.

adjustable monogram ring tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This is also another project that would be fun for teens to create as gifts for their friends and loved ones!

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Comments

  1. On viewing your photographs of this clever ring design, I’m seeing potential for a lovely set of napkin rings using the same design (only larger) as a wonderful housewarming or wedding/shower gift I’ll have to learn more about the initial stamping to see if this is something that can be done on site at a craft fair. Otherwise, I guess several single initials could be made up in advance and ready to attach on site with jump rings.

    I love that this tutorial was presented using base metals, Rena. Not everything has to be sterling silver or other precious metals to be beautiful. The design itself is at the same time simple and elegant, which would have universal appeal.

    As always, thanks so much for sharing! Your extensive knowledge of this field and down-to-earth manner help pull challenging pursuits within reach!

    Warmest regards,

    Debbie

  2. Hi Debbie,

    Thank you for your lovely feedback – and what great thinking to use this idea for napkin rings!

    You could do the metal stamping at a craft show, but only if you had someone else helping out in your booth. It would be too hard to stamp and attach the metal tags if you were also working your booth alone.

  3. I love this idea. I think they would also have great appeal with small crystals in birthstone colors, or school colors, or any significant color to the wearer dangling along side the initial charm.

    Crystals would also be easy to add on at a show and would allow a nice bump up in price.

  4. I agree that this design has great potential for individualizing at craft shows and jewelry parties. Thanks, Rena, for getting our creativity inspired.

  5. Jules says:

    If you’re throwing a party and know who’s attending, I can see making these for wine glasses, or napkin rings. What a perfect party gift for your guests. Once you start thinking about it, it’s endless…how fun is this!

  6. Great tutorial with an excellent outcome. Thanks so much for sharing this week on BeColorful.
    pam

  7. Thanks for these additional ideas! That’s the fun part of creating tutorials – having other jewelry artists add their great inspirations and ideas to it!

  8. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Pinning! Thanks!

  9. This is a great tutorial and perfect for someone like me who loves jewelry but has hands that swell like crazy in the heat. I can make rings in a variety of sizes!

  10. YOu have taken 2 of my favorite things and merged them! I love monograms and I am so in luv with handstamped jewelry right now! They look beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us at tip toe thru tuesday!

  11. Great project! i’d love some giant ones for napkin rings too! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

  12. Gorgeous creation and so wonderful that you have shared how to do it too!

  13. This is awesome! I’d love to make one, but I already have too many projects. I definitely pinned for sometime πŸ™‚

  14. Great ring and tutorial. Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House.

  15. I love this! It is simple but elegant! Really beautiful πŸ™‚

  16. I simply adore this!!! So pretty!! Great tutorial!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  17. Lynni says:

    At the age of 61, i’am just starting out on a now adventure in creating my own jewellery, this project is just great. Thankyou

  18. Lovely ring, Rena! And thanks so much for the tutorial. I’m just now getting into jewelry making and need all the help I can get. πŸ˜‰

    Blessings,
    Liz

  19. I love the ring. Very cute and so simple. Thanks you for sharing this wonderful tutorial. Will be making some of these. Pinning and sharing.

  20. Carol Adams-Connor says:

    I have tried your adjustable class ring and absolutely love it. But, (isn’t there always a but), the marker doesn’t stay on. What am I doing wrong? I actually used a BIC permanent marker, but shouldn’t they work the same? Any hints for me to keep the stamped items ‘colored’.
    Carol

  21. Thank you all so much for your lovely feedback on this project!

    Hi Carol,

    The only markers I have ever used for darkening my metal stamping are Sharpies – and in my experience the ink has stayed in place under all kinds of conditions.

    I don’t know whether the marker brand makes a difference, or if there’s some other factor at work with your ink experience.

    Here’s an alternative for darkening your stamped numbers, instead of using ink:

    Oxidize your ring, and then clean the off the oxidized darkening everywhere but the recessed stamped areas.

  22. I have GOT to try working with wire – so many possibilities! It has always looked so difficult to me, but your tutorials make it look easy. I love this ring. Thanks for all the great info on this site. I get excited every time I see an email update from you! πŸ™‚

  23. Fabulous! Great tutorial Rena and my wheels are spinning, thinking about the different charms you could attach to this ring… Got to go and create! LOL Thank You!

  24. Hello! I love making this ring! I opened an on line store. Would I be able to sell the rings in my online store?

  25. Hi Amy! It’s lovely to hear how much you like making this ring design.

    And thanks for asking whether you can sell these rings in your online store.

    Yes, all of my free tutorials that I post here on Jewelry Making Journal are for you to make these items to sell, to give, to wear yourself, to share and enjoy!

    Many of these projects are jewelry items that have sold well for me, or that I feel would be good sellers – and I hope the jewelry you make from these tutes sells like hotcakes for you!

    My only restriction is that the tutorial itself (my text and images) may not be republished, copied, or sold in any form without written permission from me.

    Thanks, and have fun! πŸ™‚

  26. Thanks!

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