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Wired steampunk rings

Wire together a mix of gears, findings, and crystals to form steampunk-inspired rings.

SUPPLIES

Ring, adjustable size

  • sterling silver wire: 24-gauge (0.51 mm), round, dead-soft, 24 in. (61.0 cm) 
  • 12 mm Swarovski Elements #1122 rivoli 
  • 25 mm bronze gear finding with large center opening
  • 10-loop round filigree finding
  • 55 mm ring shank

Crystal gear variation

  • gunmetal wire: 28-gauge (0.32 mm), 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • 14 mm Swarovski crystal ring 
  • 19 mm gear finding
  • 21 mm sprocket

Filigree bird variation

  • gunmetal wire: 28-gauge (0.32 mm), 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • 15 x 20 mm brass filigree bird component 
  • 21 mm sprocket
  • 19 mm sprocket 

INSTRUCTIONS

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Ring

1. Cut a 10-in. (25.4 cm) piece of 24-gauge (0.51 mm) wire, and wrap it twice around loop 1 (on the inside of the loop) of a 10-loop round filigree component (PHOTO 1).

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2. Center a 12 mm rivoli on top of the filigree component. Skipping two loops, thread the wire through loop 4 of the filigree component, front to back, crossing over the rivoli along the edge (PHOTO 2A). Thread the wire through loop 3, back to front (PHOTO 2B).
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3. Repeat step 2 until you have gone all the way around the filigree component, creating a pentagon. At this point the rivoli should be securely anchored in place (PHOTO 3).

4. On the back of the filigree component, thread the wire from loop 2 to loop 10, back to front (PHOTO 4). Skipping two of the loops, thread the wire through loop 3, front to back, so that it sits behind the rivoli along the edge.
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5. Thread the wire through loop 2, back to front. Repeat step 2 until you have completed another pentagon on the back of the rivoli. The wire should end toward the back.

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Secure the wire by wrapping it tightly around one of the loops on the inner circle of the component. Trim excess wire. Use chainnose pliers to pinch the wire in place (PHOTO 5). 

6. Stack the wired rivoli on top of a gear finding. Cut a 4-in. (10.2 cm) piece of 24-gauge (0.51 mm) wire, and wrap three times through one of the loops of the 10-loop finding and around the brass gear between two of the spokes. Create a second wrap through the loop and gear components directly across from the first wrap (PHOTO 6).

7. Shape a ring-shank finding around a ring mandrel. Use chainnose pliers to bend the ends inward (PHOTO 7).

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8. Cut 2–3 in. (51–76 mm) of 24-gauge (0.51 mm) wire, and attach the wrapped component to the ring shank through the holes at each end of the shank (PHOTO 8A). Wrap the wire around the shank (PHOTO 8B) and trim any remaining wire.

Crystal gear and filigree bird variations 

For the crystal gear ring, cut two 5-in. (12.7 cm) pieces of 28-gauge (0.32 mm) gunmetal wire. Starting in the center of one of the wire pieces, wrap around both the crystal ring and gear three times, positioning the wire between the cogs of the gear finding. Repeat on the opposite side.

For the filigree bird ring, cut two 5-in. (12.7 cm) pieces of 28-gauge (0.32 mm) gunmetal wire. Starting at the center of the wire, wrap around the edge of the bird finding and through the cogs of the gear. Repeat on the opposite side.

For both variations: use the remaining wire ends to securely wrap the bird and gear component on top of the sprocket.  Wrap the ends around another wire on the back of the piece, and tuck in toward the front. Repeat steps 7 and 8.

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