Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Choose seed beads in your favorite colors to accent this comfortable, adjustable wire ring.

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You can make a several of this quick ring design, to match every color in your wardrobe.

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Or fill a basket with them and place it next to your checkout stand, where your customers can “impulse purchase” a handful of them!

Supplies:

  • Craft wire (or other soft round wire), 20 gauge, 12cm (4.75″) long.
    I used Artistic Wire in gunmetal color.
  • 7 seed beads, size 6/0.
  • Ruler.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur / wire rounder (or jewelry file, emory board, etc.) for smoothing and rounding your wire ends.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Ring mandrel (or other cylindrical object that’s the same circumference as your finger – a highlighting marker, lipstick tube, PVC pipe, dowel, etc.).

How to Make a Seed Bead
Adjustable Wire Ring:

We’ll start by cutting your wire to 12cm (4.75″) long:

Wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your cup bur / wire rounder (or jewelry file, emory board, etc.) to smooth and round both ends of your wire:

Wire rounder for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

With the tips of your chain nose pliers, grasp your wire 4.8cm (1.89″) from one end of your wire:

Wirework for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bend the longer end of your wire straight upward, making a 90-degree angle in your wire:

Bending wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:
Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now string your seed beads onto the long end of your wire:

Stringing beads on wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Let your row of beads rest against the 90-degree angle in your wire.

Use the tips of your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire right next to your last bead:

Wirework for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Holding your pliers steady, bend your wire end straight downward over your pliers, making a 90-degree angle in your wire:

Bending wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Beads on wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire you just bent downward, right next to the 90-degree angle you just made:

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Holding your pliers steady, bend the wire end straight upward around your pliers, making a little “U” shape in your wire:

Bending wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Wirework for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire you just bent upward, right next to the “U” shape you just made:

Bending wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Holding your pliers steady, bend the wire end at a 90-degree angle over your pliers, so it goes straight out to the side, like this:

Shaping wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now let’s go back to the other end of your wire, where you made the first 90-degree bend for the beads to rest against.

We’re going to make a “U” shape bend on this side of the ring.

Use your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire end that has no beads or bends – right next to the 90-degree angle you made there earlier:
Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Holding your pliers steady, bend the wire end around your pliers, making a little “U” shape in your wire:

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Shaping wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your chain nose pliers to grasp the wire you just bent, right next to the “U” shape you just made:

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Holding your pliers steady, bend the wire end at a 90-degree angle over your pliers, so it goes straight out to the side, like this:

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:
Wire for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to wrap your wire around your ring mandrel (or highlighter marker, lipstick tube, PVC pipe, dowel, or whatever you’re using).

Being careful not to damage your beads, wrap your wire carefully but firmly around the mandrel.

(I wrapped my ring around size 7 on my mandrel.)

Wrap each wire all the way around the mandrel until the wire ends stick straight up beside your beads:

Wrapping wire around mandrel for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If your wire wants to spring back, making the ring loose around the mandrel, slide it up to the next smaller ring size on the mandrel and wrap your wire tightly around that size.

When you’re satisfied with the fit of your ring around the mandrel, slid your ring off the mandrel.

It should look something like this:

Making Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp one of your wire ends.

Curl the wire downward into a small loop to finish off the wire end.

Then make a similar loop to finish off the other wire end:

Making wire loop for Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your ring should look like this:

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And your finished ring should look something like this:

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire Ring - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Seed Bead Adjustable Wire 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. I really like this adjustable design. Must try this with various colored wire I have soon! Thank you for continually inspiring us!

  2. Colleen says:

    Rena you did it again!! What a great step by step tutorial with great pics. I will never be able to say enough about how great your tutorials are! I can’t wait to try this ring out. Being adjustable just makes it even more fun. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Love this!!

  4. I concur! Colleen is right. You have the best tutorials! It inspires instead of frustrates..lol! Thank you!

  5. coraNation says:

    thanks for this and all of your tutorials. This is a great idea for using up strays and creating quick accessories for any occasion.

  6. Donna Geurin says:

    I just made one with turquoise and gold picasso seed beads. I really like this. I will say that I used 18ga wire. I have a heavy hand I guess and the 20g a was just two easy to bend for me. I used copper to practice with and will do a couple more. Just thought I would pass this on. Fun. Thank you Rena, great tutorial.

  7. Bula Rena! Wow…all of the above comments and more….very timely
    tutorial as got a call from a friend wanting some copper rings today..so will
    definitely try this one out….thanks so so much for sharing your incredible
    talents so generously Rena….may God continue to shower His blessings on you !

    Vinaka vaka levu(thanks very much) from sunny and cool (!!)Fiji.

    Pat

  8. love it!!

  9. Fun tutorial. This is such a great way to use up small pieces of wire and extra beads that are lying around!

  10. Cynthia Landrie says:

    Beautiful. It would look so pretty to make several in complementing colors to wear stacked… Great tutorial.

  11. CeCe G says:

    As always, I am AMAZED (and grateful!) by your easy to follow tutorials…thank you SO much!

  12. Clever!! Just a few discreet bends keeps those tiny beads in place. Great tutorial, as always, Rena!

  13. This is so pretty and I love that you can make it any size you want. I have the hardest time finding rings to fit because my fingers are so small!

  14. Great tutorial, such a beautiful ring 🙂

  15. Shannon Oliver says:

    Thank you, Rena. I so enjoy receiving your newsletters with the wonderful, creative ideas, and the inspiration that you provide.

  16. Rena I just found you on the web a couple of days ago. I’ve only been making jewelry for just under a year and have been a big YouTuber, getting designs and patterns, which I needed because I’m a visual learner and didn’t understand written instructions then. now I’m better but your written instructions break every step down so there is no guess work and I love it. You have some really interesting designs that look complicated and sophisticated. But you break it down so even a newbie like myself can tackle it. The only negative I can come up with about your site is you have so much great information, ideas, patterns and even the comments I’m learning from, but I said I found you a couple of days ago and I haven’t done anything else. I fall asleep with my iPad in my lap because I’m trying to learn and soak up everything you have here. It’s all so well laid out and thought through, plus your tips for a newbie like myself are priceless. I can’t wait until I start making some money so I can buy all your manuals and online training. I’m pretty stingy with my money but if this is what your giving away the bought-en material must be pure gold. I can’t say thank you enough!

  17. Sherry, thanks so much for your lovely comment and feedback! I really appreciate hearing hear how much you’re learning from my tutorials, and how well you’re progressing. Keep up the good work, and I’d love to see your jewelry in our JMJ Gallery if you’d like to submit your work! 🙂 We’re all jewelry-obsessed here and would be interested in what you’re working on!

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