(For instructions on making the woven ring band, the first five steps of this project, click here for the free project PDF).
6. Bend the band around a ring mandrel so that the base wires meet and are centered at one size larger than the desired ring size. (The band size will decrease as you make the focal.) Hold the mandrel and the band so that the ends of the base wires are facing you. If you're right-handed, the top pair of base wires should come from the right (g). If you’re left-handed, the top pair of base wires should come from the left.
7. Hold the band on the mandrel with your nondominant hand, and use your thumb to firmly hold the base wires where they meet. With your dominant hand, gently curve the top pair of base wires clockwise, allowing the curve to tighten into what would appear to be one end of an oval (h).