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Sparkling wire rings

Wrap a quick-and-easy ring of wire and crystals

With a few twists and turns, you can make a simple, pretty crystal ring. Since each one only takes a few minutes, make several to suit the every finger on your hand, or different people on your gift list!

SUPPLIES 

  • 3 4mm crystals
  • 12–13 in. (30–33cm) 22-gauge craft wire
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • ring mandrel

Editor's tip: Use 22-gauge craft wire for the rings. It is malleable but still holds its shape.

INSTRUCTIONS

Sparkling wire wings Step 1
1. Cut a 12–13-in. (30–33cm) piece of wire. Grasp the end of the wire with the tip of your roundnose pliers and form a small loop. After a complete turn, grasp the wire with chainnose pliers. Continue to form a spiral with your fingers until you have two or three coils.
Sparkling wire wings Step 2
2. Place the coil against a ring mandrel at a point slightly smaller than the desired ring size. Wrap the wire tightly around the mandrel twice, leaving approximately 1⁄8 in. (3mm) between wraps.
Sparkling wire wings Step 3
3. Bend the wire upward. Make a horizontal bend 1⁄8 in. (3mm) from the previous bend, as shown.

String three crystals flush with the last bend. Make two bends next to the last crystal as shown. 
Sparkling wire wings Step 4
4. Wrap the wire twice around the mandrel. Remove the ring, and make a spiral on the end of the wire. Trim the excess wire. 
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