Bead & Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This easy adjustable wire ring features a lovely double scroll and an 8mm round bead.

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I love copper and turquoise colors together, but of course this ring would be striking in your favorite colors too. 🙂

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I have always found that adjustable rings sell quickly, since many people’s fingers swell or shrink during the day.

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can wire-wrap the shank of this ring if you like, but I also like it with just the smooth, bare double wire.

Supplies:

  • An 8mm (0.31″) round bead.
    I’m using a translucent glass bead in a turquoise color.
  • Round soft wire, 16 or 18 gauge.
    I’m using copper wire in 18 gauge.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Wire rounder / cup bur.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Sharpie marker.
  • Ring mandrel or other finger-size cylinder (dowel, PVC pipe, lipstick tube, highlighting marker, etc.).
  • Plastic, nylon, or rubber jewelry hammer.

How to Make a
Bead & Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring

First, we’ll figure the length of wire you need to cut.

The wire length for this ring is very adaptable, for two reasons:

  1. Because the ring itself is adjustable.
  2. Because you can take up excess wire by making the wire scrolls bigger, or add extra wire length by making smaller wire scrolls.

Wire length for this ring:

Measure the circumference of the ring-wearing finger.

Then double that measurement, and add 65mm (2.559″).

Example:

For a finger circumference of 54mm (2.126″):

(54mm x 2) + 65mm = 173mm (6.811″) wire length.

Cut your wire to your desired length.

Now we’ll use a cup bur / wire rounder to smooth and round the ends of your wire:

Using wire rounder to smooth wire ends for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next, we’ll make a mark on your wire so you’ll know where to place your bead.

First find the centerpoint of your wire.

Then use your Sharpie marker to make a mark that is 7.5mm (0.295″) to one side of that center point:

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

Now string your bead onto the wire, and slide it along until the center of the bead rests on the Sharpie mark you made on the wire:

Adding a bead to Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now fold the wire ends straight down from the bead. (Notice that one wire end is longer than the other, because one wire scroll end will be bigger than the other):

Bending wire for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now cross the wire ends right below the bead:

Crossing wires for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Using the tips of your round nose pliers, grasp one wire just below the bead:

Bending wire for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and bend the wire gently, until the wire points straight down from the bottom center of the bead:

Bending wire for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Bending wire for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now do the same to the other wire end:

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Bending wire for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your wire should now look like this:

Bending wire for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to make the scrolled ends of the ring.

We’ll start with the larger scroll, making an open wire spiral with the longer wire end.

If you’re new to making open spirals, or have had trouble with them in the past, see my easy 3-minute video, How to Make an Open Wire Spiral.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of the longer wire end:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now roll that wire end into a small hook:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then keep moving your pliers along the wire, making a small curve each time you move the pliers:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Continue moving your pliers along the wire, and continue to make a small curve each time you move the pliers, until your spiral is about this size:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll make the smaller scroll on the remaining wire end.

Using the tips of your round nose pliers, grasp the end of your remaining wire:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now roll that wire end into a small hook:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . then keep moving your pliers along the wire, making a small curve each time you move the pliers:

Making wire spiral for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . until your smaller scrolled end touches the bottom of the larger scrolled end, and your wire looks like this:

Making wire spirals for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to wrap your wire around the ring mandrel.

Lay your wire across the ring mandrel, with your thumb holding the wire against the mandrel, right on the center of your wire.

Then press the wire tightly around your mandrel:

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

. . . and keep pressing your wire around the mandrel until your ring looks like this:

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

(If your ring keeps springing back into a larger size, wrap it around a smaller object or a smaller area on your ring mandrel.)

Now use your plastic, nylon, or rubber jewelry hammer to shape your ring smoothly around the mandrel:

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

Your finished Bead & Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring may look something like this:

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bending wire for Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bead and Scroll Adjustable Wire Ring - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Oh, I just love this cute ring! It will be fun to make a bunch & wear them too! Great way to showcase a pretty bead too. I like that it’s adjustable. It’ll make them much more likely to sell than specific sizes. Thanks Rena!

  2. Thank you for your lovely comment, Moogie!

  3. that’s adorable!!

  4. Janine, thank you for your kind feedback! 🙂

  5. I just love your ring, it is just great, can not wait to make it. You are just awsome. Thank you and Happy New Year.

  6. Catherine says:

    That is so pretty! I’ve tried a ring with a bead before….didn’t look anything like yours. You make it look so easy. Thank you for the tutorial!

  7. Mona, thank you so much. Wishing you a wonderful, artistic year too! 🙂

  8. Thanks for your lovely comment, Catherine – you’re right, this ring is easy, and I’d love to hear how yours turns out if you decide to make one of these! 🙂

  9. So cute, Rena! Always look forward to your awesome tutorials. Happy New Year!

  10. Thanks, Lynda! And wishing you a creative year ahead! 🙂

  11. Christine Gannage says:

    Nice ring, great way to use up odd beads too! Thanks for the tute!

  12. You’re very welcome, Christine! 🙂

  13. Lynette says:

    Thanks, Rena! You have inspired me once again!

  14. Great instructions, Rena! Thank you!

  15. My pleasure, Gabi! 🙂

  16. Fabulous ring and as always great instructions!

  17. Rena, I love your ring and can’t wait to try making it! I will first have to master your “Open Wire Spiral Video”. You are really an inspiration!

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