Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This wire-wrap ring is adjustable at the bottom of the band, so you can customize the fit by spreading or squeezing the sides of the ring.

Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate making the ring with the turquoise colored square bead.

But you can also make a ring similar to the one above with three beads – just be sure to follow the measuring guidelines in this tutorial.

Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Artistic wire / Craft wire (or other round soft wire) – 18 or 20 gauge.

    For the ring with the turquoise colored square bead, I used 18 gauge Natural (copper) Artistic wire.

    For the ring with three blue beads, I used 18 gauge Gunmetal-colored 18 gauge Artistic wire.

  • A flat, square bead about 12mm size, with a hole large enough to accommodate your wire.

    I used a Czech glass bead with a picasso finish.

  • Wire cutters.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Ring mandrel (or other cylindrical object that’s about the same circumference as your finger).
  • Sharpie marker – for marking your wire.
  • Flexible tape measure – for measuring your finger.

How Much Wire to Cut
for Your Ring:

Here’s what we’ll add up to figure how much wire you’ll need:

  • The width of your bead(s). (My square turquoise bead is 12mm.)
  • The circumference of your ring-wearing finger. (My finger is 60mm.)
  • An additional 200mm for finishing off the ring.

So my total wire length is:

12mm + 60mm + 200mm = 272mm

When figuring how much wire you’ll need:

Remember to use your own bead width and the finger circumference of the person who will be wearing the ring – which are not necessarily the same size as my bead and my finger in the example above. 🙂

How to Make an
Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring:

Cut your wire to the proper length, using the measuring info above.

Now use your Sharpie marker to mark your wire on the five places shown by the blue lines (explained below this photo):

Marking wire for Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  1. Make a mark on the centerpoint of the wire.
  2. Make 2 marks (one on either side of the centerpoint), showing where the edges of your bead will be. Each of these marks should be half of the bead-width away from the centerpoint.

    (Example: My bead is 12mm wide.
    So my marks are 6mm on either side of the centerpoint.)

  3. Make 2 more marks (one beyond each of your bead-edge marks), each showing half the length of your finger-circumference measurement.

    (Example: My finger-circumference measurement is 60mm.
    So my marks are 30mm beyond each of the bead-edge marks.)

    There should be an additional 100mm of wire beyond each of these finger-circumference marks.

Now your marked wire should look like this:

Marking the wire for Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to string your bead onto the centerpoint of the wire – so that wire shows a Sharpie mark on each side of the bead:

Adding a bead to the wire - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

For the rest of this tutorial, keep your bead in this spot on the wire, with the wire marks on each side of the bead.

That will make it easier to keep the bead in the right place as you make the ring.

Now use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp one of the end-marks on your wire:

Bending the wire for Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Keeping the round nose pliers on the wire mark, use your fingers to press both sides of the wire straight upward, making a bend in the wire:

Bending the wire for Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Bending the wire for Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the tips of your flat nose pliers to squish the wire fold, making it as flat as possible.

The shorter end of the wire should run below the bead:

Bending the wire for Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should now look like this:

Bending the wire for Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now move to the Sharpie mark at the other end of your wire:

Bending the other end of the wire - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make the same kind of bend as you did with the first end of the wire, and flatten this bend with your flat nose pliers.

Both wire ends should run below the bead.

Now your wire should look like this:

Bending the other end of the wire - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to shape your ring around the mandrel (or whatever you’re using for your mandrel).

Place the ring on the mandrel, centered on the proper ring size, with your thumb on top of the bead.

The two folded wire ends will be your ring shaft.

The two long, straight wire ends will be your wrap wires (which we’ll use later).

With your ring on the mandrel, use the fingers of your other hand to shape the folded wires tightly around the mandrel to form the ring shaft:

Shaping the ring around the mandrel - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your ring should look something like this:
Shaping the ring - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your round nose pliers to curve and shape the ends of your ring shaft more accurately:

Shaping the ring with pliers - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Slide your ring back on the mandrel to shape it up a bit more.

Pull the long, straight wire ends outward, away from the ring:

Wire-wrapping the ring shank - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap one of the long, straight wire ends across the ring, so that it rests across the other side of the ring shank:

Wire-wrapping the ring shank - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Remove the ring from the mandrel, and wrap the long, straight wire tightly around that side of the ring shank:

Wire-wrapping the ring shank - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now move to the other long, straight wire end, so we can wrap this wire around the other side of the ring shank.

Wrap it across the ring, so that it rests across the other side of the ring shank.

Then wrap the long, straight wire tightly around that side of the ring shank.

Now each long wire end is wrapped around the opposite side of the ring shank:

Wire-wrapping the ring shank - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now make another tight wrap with each wire end, right below the first wraps:

Wire-wrapping the ring shank - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make a couple more wraps with each wire end, for a total of four or five wraps on each side of the ring shank:

Wire-wrapping the ring shank - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your wire cutter to cut off one of the wire ends, as closely as possible to the ring shank:

Cut off one wire end - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use your chain nose pliers to tightly squeeze down the wire end, so it doesn’t poke or scratch anything:

Squeezing down the cut wire end - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Cut and squeeze down the second wire end.

And your ring is finished!

You may want to put it back on the mandrel for some final shaping up.

While it’s on the mandrel, you can also hammer the shaft (but not the wire wraps) with a nylon, rubber, or plastic hammer – to work-harden the wire and make the ring sturdier.

The underside of your finished ring should look something like this:

Underside of the finished ring - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And the rest of your adjustable wire wrap ring will probably look like this:
Finished ring - Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Below is another view of the three-bead version:

Adjustable Wire-Wrap Bead Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

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Comments

  1. Your wire work is always lovely, and the blue beads make a gorgeous ring.

  2. Kerrie Venner says:

    Aaaahhh, just what I was looking for. Couldn’t find half decent adjustable ring blanks to buy, and now I can make them to my own *or your* exacting standards!
    As ever, you read my mind and created the perfect solution.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful design, Rena.

  3. Oooh how lovely! I can’t wait to try out this idea. Adjustable rings are just what I need on my stall this summer. Thank you for this Rena!

  4. What a great tutorial that has very clear instructions! Thank you Rena!
    Carol Burton

  5. Thank you for your lovely feedback on this project! I hope it fills your need for adjustable ring designs, Kerrie and Natasha!

  6. That is one of the prettiest beaded wire rings I’ve seen, Rena, and it definitely looks like the most comfortable!

  7. Cindy says:

    Thanks so much for all of you wonderful tutorials. I am just getting started on wire wrapping and you give such clear instructions.

  8. Louise G. says:

    Thank you for another wonderful tutorial. Pictures of every step and angle are perfect. Both designs are great giving two really different style options. I’m still enjoying my course of making jewelry components and would recommend it to anyone.

  9. Julie White says:

    This ring is good looking and sturdy looking too. Very nice, and cleverly done.Very good instructions.

  10. Barbara says:

    Love,love, love it!!! I prefer adjustable rings-fingers swell in summer, shrink in winter, so this is perfect. And,as usual, your tutorials are so wonderfully done. I had to pin it to 2 different boards!

  11. Love this adjustable ring.. I can see more sales!! Thanks Rena

  12. Sue Shade says:

    Rena what a great idea. As always you have explained this in an easy concise manner. Thanks

  13. Swun Kou says:

    Beautiful. I have seen instructions for so many wire wrap rings, but this is the only one that I want to try. Thanks so much for the precise instructions and accompanying photos which make it that much easier.

  14. Absolutely delightful and helpful! One of your best 😉 Will share and link back.

  15. Thank you, Pearl – I appreciate that! 🙂

  16. Jann Olson says:

    Love this! You do so many amazing things with the wire.
    hugs,
    Jann

  17. This step by step tutorial is just perfect. And your work is lovely. You have inspired me to recreate a ring that I had many moons ago!

  18. Oh that is AWESOME!

  19. Thank you for your lovely comments! 🙂

  20. Thanks for the great tutorial. I’ll have to give this a try.

  21. This may be the first DIY project I’ll actually try!

  22. Great step-by-step tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Thankyou so much! I’m new to this and have been really enjoying creating my own jewellery, and your website is so helpful!

    I was wondering if there is a good way to strengthen copper, as I’ve been playing around with some thinner copper wire my dad had at home and it’s very soft. I’m worried about it breaking whilst being worn or snapping if it’s bent about too much.

  24. Tash, Thank you for your kind comment! For strengthening your wire, see the info about work-hardening in this post:
    6 Ways to Make Higher Quality Wire Jewelry. Hope this helps, and I wish you a wonderfully creative wire journey! 🙂

  25. I was excited to see this tutorial. My finger is a size 6, but I usually have a difficult time getting rings over my knuckle. With it being adjustable, I can slightly tighten it after I put it on.
    Thank you!

  26. Sandy, you’re very welcome, and I’m glad this project will work for your finger! I prefer adjustable rings myself – I can get a better fit, and if I want to sell rings, it’s easier if the sizing can be flexible.

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