Easy Folded Wire Ring Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.

Folded Wire Rings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Three brass folded wire rings by Rena Klingenberg.

These folded wire rings are so simple, cheap, and fun to make!

Folded Wire Rings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Two copper folded wire rings by Rena Klingenberg

You need only a few inches of wire and basic jewelry tools to make these.

Folded wire copper ring in brass by Rena Klingenberg

Folded wire ring in brass by Rena Klingenberg

They are comfortable and easily adjustable to fit a variety of finger sizes.

Supplies for Folded Wire Rings:

  • A piece of 18-gauge round wire – about 7″ to 10″ (17.78 cm to 25.4 cm) long. (I used copper and brass wires in my examples here.)
  • A ruler.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Ring mandrel, dowel or PVC pipe section – or other item that’s about the same diameter as your ring-wearing finger.
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer for hammering your ring on the mandrel.

Copper folded wire ring by Rena Klingenberg

Folded Wire Ring Tutorial

Why are these called “folded wire rings”?

Because you’ll start out by folding your piece of wire (in one of the ways I’ll show you below).

The folded wire creates a double-strand ring band (ring shank).

After forming the shank, you’ll have the fun of using your pliers and your creativity to shape your wire ends into an infinite variety of designs for the top of the ring!

Three Ways to Fold Your Wire:

There are probably a lot of other ways to fold your wire too!

Below are the three ways I’ve folded my wire to create the ring shanks shown in this tutorial.

I find that I end up with better ring designs when I DON’T fold the wire exactly in the center.

Having one wire end longer than the other allows for more interesting designs for the top of the ring!

Experiment with different lengths and see what you come up with.

Wire Fold Method 1 -
The Flat Fold:

The flat fold enables you to make a beautifully simple, compact double ring shank.

To make your flat fold, use the very tips of your round nose pliers to bend your piece of wire in a U-shape:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use your flat nose pliers to squash the U-shape as flat as possible (that’s why it’s called the flat fold!):

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wrap your flat-folded wire around your ring mandrel, and use your hammer to pound the shank into a nice ring shape.

Hammer starting at the folded end, then moving around to the wire on the back of your mandrel, and on around to where your wires meet up with the fold.

DON’T hammer your 2 long wire ends yet, or you won’t be able to curve and shape them easily.

Here I’ve wrapped the flat-folded wire spiral-style around the mandrel:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then remove your wire from the mandrel. It should look something like this:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now comes the fun part!

Use your pliers and your imagination to create artistic shapes with your two long wire ends.

Here I’ve used my round nose pliers to turn the longer wire end into a large, open spiral – and the shorter wire end into a little curl:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

After you’ve finished designing both of your wire ends, put your ring back on the mandrel and give it a good hammering all over – including your fancy wire design.

Hammering the fancy wirework will ensure your design will curve naturally around the top surface of the wearer’s finger.

And just as important, the hammering will harden your wire design and make it sturdier:

Here’s a view of the back of my ring after hammering it all over; notice how the fancy wirework is curved just like the rest of the ring:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

A Different Option for Your Flat-Folded Wire:

Instead of wrapping your flat-folded wire in a spiral around your ring mandrel, you can wrap it so that the two long wire ends straddle the fold:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I created this ring from a flat-folded wire that I wrapped around the mandrel straddle-style.

See the flat fold, right in the middle of the ring, and how the two wire ends straddle it:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s a side view of the same ring:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And a back view of it; you can see what a nice double ring shank you get with flat-folded wire:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Fold Method 2 -
The Round Fold:

The round fold gives you a lovely, airy, open-work double ring shank.

To make your round fold, use the fattest part of your round nose pliers to bend your piece of wire into a U-shape:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then wrap your wire around your mandrel, and hammer just the shank portion of your wire (as described above under “Wire Fold Method 1 – The Flat Fold”).

This is a round-folded wire, after being wrapped straddle-style around the mandrel (with the two long wire ends straddling the round fold):

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The ring below was made with a round-folded piece of wire – and it was wrapped around the mandrel spiral-style (NOT straddle-style).

See the wide round curve on the top spiral of this ring:

Copper folded wire ring by Rena Klingenberg

Here’s another view of this ring, showing how it looks when worn (if you have a pale-blue finger :) ):

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Wire Fold Method 3 -
The Square Fold:

The square fold gives an interestingly angular look to your ring.

If you shape your two long wire ends into curls and swirls as I’ve done, the square fold is a nice contrast to the curves.

The square fold is also nice for more masculine ring designs.

To make your square fold, use your flat-nose pliers to bend your wire into a square U-shape:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then wrap your wire around your mandrel, and hammer just the shank portion of your wire (as described above under “Wire Fold Method 1 – The Flat Fold”).

This is a square-folded wire, after being wrapped straddle-style around the mandrel (with the two wire ends straddling the square fold):

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This ring was made with a square fold:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Another view of the same ring; see how the angles of the square fold make a good contrast with the spirals:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This ring was also created with a square fold and wrapped straddle-style around the mandrel:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Another view of this ring. Here you can see the effect of having your two wire ends in different lengths:

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Of course you can add extra elements to your folded wire rings – such as beads, oxidizing / patina effects, and all kinds of other jewelry techniques!

Folded wire rings tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And if you’re interested in an even simpler wire ring design, be sure to see my super-easy Wire Wrap Rings Tutorial.

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. OMGosh, those are wonderful, Rena! I love the variety of shapes you made, and the rings look so chic and expensive. Beautiful post.

  2. Those are fantastic rings! Gorgeous work. thanks for posting!

  3. Wow – they are absolutely beautiful and you make it look so simple!

  4. these are super duper fantastic…I am doing a wire jewelry collection now and I would love to incorporate (and experiment a lot) these ideas in it

  5. Awesome! Thanks for sharing this! I always wondered how this was done. Not that I could do it even with the tutorial, but still great inspiration! Found you on the IMM blog hop.
    Diane

  6. Awesome! Thanks for sharing the tute!
    *hugs*Deb

  7. I think you did a great job with all the desings you came up with!!!

  8. All three of these are so pretty and so amazing! You are one talented girl!
    Thank you for sharing how you make them!

  9. Wow! so very cool! Do they bend out of shape easily when wearing them?

  10. Thanks so much to all for your lovely comments!

    Shiloh – if you hammer the finished ring very well on your mandrel, it will become quite sturdy. :)

  11. Rena, they are all truly lovely!

  12. These are beautiful! I have just recently learned a little about wire wrapping, and I really want to try doing some of these, great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Do you start with dead soft or half hard wire? I have been making rings with dead soft and even with hammering ( work hardening) I’m concerned that the rings are too easy to bend out of shape. I have not had any complaints but I’m wondering if half hard would be better to start with.

    Thank you for the article.

    Jennifer

  14. I love these! They are simple, artistic, comfortable and elegant. I used to wear lots of rings but now I find them uncomfortable. Working with wire all the time and arthritis have taken their toll. Rings like these are so easy to wear and look great on the hand. I’ve sold similar rings right off my hand so people do respond to these designs very well.

  15. Rena – I love, love, love these! Thanks for sharing.

  16. I love these. I am going to try and make napkin rings with this design. I haven’t worked with wire so this wil be a starter for me. Thanks for sharing.
    Great designs.

  17. Love these. I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon!! Thank you.

  18. All the shapes are really cool. I am definitely going to start working with wire now.

  19. Thank you all so much for your generous comments!

    Jennifer, I have used both soft and half-hard wire. If you can form the wire into the shapes you want with the half-hard wire, that’s probably a sturdier choice. But if the half-hard is too difficult to shape, then I’d go with the soft wire.

    Zoraida, I love hearing about your experiences with making, selling, and wearing rings like this. One thing that I love about these is that they’re totally adjustable. My fingers tend to be different sizes throughout the day (swelling / shrinking a bit), and I find adjustable rings so much more comfortable than ones that are just one size.

    I think adjustable rings are also easier to sell, because they can fit a variety of fingers! :)

  20. Thanks for posting this. I recently started making wire rings, They are quick, fun, cheap and best part my customers love them! This has just inspired so many more ideas! YAY!

  21. I love this site and just told my friend about it.

  22. Rena, I know you are a marvelous blessing to many of us for sharing such beautiful creations. Truly you are a jewel, I hope you know this. The Tutorials inspire me to do even more… Thank-you much!

  23. LOVE them! So pretty and so simple – now I have another idea(s) to add to my huge “I want to try that” list. Thank you for the great tutorial and the follow up comments to clarify things.

  24. Love this tutorial – thank you! The rings are so great and I’d love to make some for gifts.

  25. What beautiful rings. Super tutorial. I would love to try this one. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  26. Rena thanks so much for sharing, I have a show in less than two weeks these would be perfect….take about timing!! I still needed some quick and easy items for the table.
    I so enjoy this newsletter each month thank you for all your hard work

  27. These are gorgeous! I love them all! Not sure if I could make them but they sure are beautiful ;)

  28. What beautiful rings! Seems easy enough to give a try, thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!
    xoxo
    kim

  29. Beautiful!!!!!

  30. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this tutorial, Rena. I have had so much fun this morning playing around with the ring and variations.

  31. These are so simple yet so beautiful!

  32. Wire is probably my favourite jewellery making medium and I can never go past a tutorial about wire rings. These are totally gorgeous! I read something really interesting somewhere that I thought I might share. Because our fingers are not round, a nice round ring is sometimes difficult to get on over the knuckle if it has to then fit your finger. To remedy this, squeeze it so that the ring becomes slightly oval. When you put your ring on, turn it 90 degrees so that the longer oval part fits over your knuckle (which is usually wider than it is high). Once past the knuckle, turn the ring back 90 degrees and it will fit on the skinny part of your finger but won’t slip off over the knuckle. So simple, but so effective!

  33. They are beautiful! I want to make some of these, my college kids would love them.

  34. OMG!!!! they are awsome… too good…

  35. Wow! Those are so pretty! I’m pinning them!!

  36. Very interesting and very beautiful! Thank you so much for making and sharing your tutorial!

  37. These are beautiful. Great tutorial
    Debi

  38. Hi Rena! How pretty! I especially love the pic of the first ring. I love the flow of the open ended swirls. Thanks for sharing, you rock =) Kathy

  39. I LOVE these folded rings! I’ve made a few wire rings and they have sold well, and are somewhat adjustable – but if stretched larger, they would get somewhat out of symmetry. What I love best about these is that if they need to be adjusted larger or smaller, the design will still look just right. DEFINITELY going to try these out this week! Thank you Rena for another fabulous idea, and for sharing it with us! Great designs!

  40. Love your folded rings and your really shared a great tutorial. Very lovely and like how they are adjustable without losing integrity.

  41. Very funky. I actually like all the styles. Thank you for the tutorials – I’ll have to dig out the wire some time – it’s been too long!

  42. I can’t wait to get started!

  43. What can I say that hasn’t already been said. Coming up with these simple and clever designs and then sharing them with us makes you and your newletter such a success! People love rings, especially inexpensive rings. I can’t wait to try this and incorporate them into my product line. I never make rings small enough for very young girls and I see that I will be able to do this with this style. As always…AWSOME!

  44. What a great tutorial. Love all the different looks of these rings!

  45. Rena,
    Again these are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  46. Wow… great rings… every time I think I have seen all the ring styles there is to see someone comes up with a new idea.

    Can’t wait to make some.

    Just fabulous… I really enjoy your web-site Rena!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  47. creative,feminin,beautiful!
    I made those rings. THANK YOU for this page. Keep doing fabulous jewlery! You helped me a lot!
    Yuupiiii! Hugs!

  48. Rena, I’ve been making very similar rings and found a supply of pretty colors of aluminum wire in the floral section of craft departments. I’ve used purple, red, turquoise and gold colored wire. I have added charms, beads and such. They are so much fun to make. Thank you for your designs. I love the folded wire design. Love your stuff!

  49. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Gorgeous! Pinning. THanks so much

  50. Laurie Bishop says:

    Fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much. I tried one of these with 14ga wire, easy by no means, but was pleased by the results (now, if I can only learn how not to mark the wire)!

  51. gracie213 says:

    I love the folded wire ring. I have always admired handcrafted jewelry but found it too intimidating to give it a try. I thought it was very complex and I would not be able to achieve the desired results w/o allot of equipment and supplies. But to my surprise, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought…It is just setting your mind that u can do is the battle…If I could do the basics anyone can…

  52. I have been making jewelry for awhile just using accuflex wire from Fire Mountain Gems (I love this place) and beads. I have been wanting to start working with wire but I really don’t know where to start. I can’t wait to try this! Is there a book for beginners that you would recommend?

  53. I can’t express how much I LOVE these! This is exactly the type of jewelry I love. I really don’t get into jewelry making…but this might hook me.

  54. Maritza says:

    Rena, thanks again. You have simplified this wire folding/bending for rings where it makes such good sense. I tend to make everything so difficult. Now as I am learning I can teach my sons. Thanks again.
    Have a lovely day too.

  55. Jill Colin says:

    Hi Rena,

    What a clever idea. I was really looking at your rings and first thing that popped into my head (I know, smell the smoke)…… wait for it….. wait….
    NAPKIN HOLDERS/RINGS!!! If some are not jewelry ring wearers, they could still be a great seller. Make just a little more large, to fit around folded cloth napkins, I think they would look great!

  56. Hi Rena, could you show exactly how to design the large and small curve? I have practiced ,but just can’t seem to get them right.

  57. Hi Ginger! Are you referring to the brass ring that’s in the third photo down from the top of this page, with the blue background?

    On that ring the large curve is basically an open wire spiral – see my 3-minute video on that here: How to Make an Open Wire Spiral.

    The small curve is just the beginning part of an open wire spiral.

    I hope this helps – and that you have as much fun with this folded wire ring technique as I have! :)

  58. These are great! Thank you so much Rena Klingenberg :-)

  59. Rena,
    Cool, unique, and chic. I learn so much from you. Thanks.

    Valeta

  60. Rena, Thank you for sharing these terrific ring tutorial. I am learning how to wire wrap (my first week) and so far I have made a few crystal linked bracelets and a pair of earrings. Now I can practice making rings with your help, by using your ‘Easy Folded Wire Ring Tutorial’ as a guide. I am fascinated by this art form and I aspire to be as creative as you are someday. Thank You!

  61. It is wonderful to find step by step tutorials for beginers just like me. Thank you!!

  62. Hi! I had pinned this ring tutorial on Pinterest but hadn’t got a chance to take a look at it. Then I kept noticing out of all my hundreds of pins that friends and complete strangers were repinning this particular one!! Thought I better take a closer look and so glad I did! Beautiful designs and such clear instructions! Thank you!! :)

  63. Hi Rena,

    I love this tutorial! It’s so simple! I just made one of these yesterday and it turned out great! My only concern is that it’s very easily bendable and not very sturdy. I’ve hammered it onto the ring mandrel but it still moves easily. This is my first wire ring so I’m not very experienced. I would love your feedback! Thanks

  64. Just to add onto my comment above, I am using a nylon hammer just as yours. Being as the wire is so bendable and adjustable, it moves out of shape while I hammer it. It continues to move higher and higher up the rig mandrel and gets looser. Even if I hold it, it still moves. I am going to try the same ring with 16 gauge instead and see.

  65. Hi Kendall! My finished rings are pretty sturdy and not easily bent.

    I just want to make sure – you’re not using Artistic Wire / craft wire for these rings, right?

    Because that’s pretty flexible wire, and might not hold up as well for these rings. I recommend brass, copper, sterling silver, or other jewelry wire for these rings.

    You might also try using half-hard wire and see if that makes a difference for you.

    Please let me know how you do with different wire! :)

  66. Kendall says:

    Thanks for your comment Rena,

    I bought the wire in the jewelry section so I assume it’s meant for jewelry making? However, it is not sterling silver. I threw away the packaging so I can’t see what exactly the material was.

    I’m going to try the 16 gauge brass wire tomorrow for the same ring. The ring still turned out great though! The flexibility it actually kind of good so the spiral can form to your finger just the way you want it to!

  67. Kendall says:

    Okay so I found the receipt from my wire and it says “aluminum jewelry wire”. Is this an acceptable ring-making wire?

  68. Hi again Kendall! Aluminum wire (especially if it’s soft temper) can be overly soft and too easily bent for making sturdy rings. In my local craft store, most of the aluminum wire in the jewelry aisle is soft temper. (Most of it is also colored aluminum, and the color comes off the wire easily.)

    Rings tend to take more of a beating than any other jewelry item, since people use their hands all day long. So you want to be sure – especially if you sell your jewelry – that the materials and construction of your rings are able to take a bit of being banged around during the normal course of being worn.

    Here’s a great way to develop a feel for the best wires to choose (and avoid) for different projects:

    I recommend that you get small amounts of a few different kinds of jewelry wire, in different metals, gauges, and hardnesses – and play with them with your various jewelry tools.

    As you experiment and play with each kind of wire, test what each kind of wire can do, can’t do, and how well the finished pieces hold their shape.

    You really will get a good feel for the different wire options this way, especially if you jot down a few notes about your testing of each type of wire.

    I hope this helps! :)

  69. Kendall says:

    Thanks Rena, that helps a lot! Again, i’m kind of a newbie when it comes to wire-work. I’ve done beading for years but wiring is new to me (i actually have gotten inspired from your website)!

    I’ll do some experiments with some different wires. I haven’t gotten time to try the ring using brass–hopefully i will get time tonight and if not, tomorrow. I will try to find some sterling silver wire to use as well.

    Is there any specific brand of wire that you would prefer? Also, how much is the average sterling silver wire?

    Thanks for your help!

  70. Thanks for some great ideas! I used aluminum wire and made 2 similar rings. I used a hammer to texturize it and it became quite sturdy. I stocked up on different gauge wire last week and am going to experiment! Thanks for all your great ideas!

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