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Metalmorphosis rings

Transform wire into a ring in a matter of minutes
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As you incorporate different beads into your design, consider deep, rich colors. You’ll want to make many, so go ahead — each ring will take on a whole new look.

SUPPLIES 

  • 3 3–10mm beads
  • 3 1⁄2 in. (8.9cm) 18- or 20-gauge dead-soft wire
  • 6 in. (15cm) 24- or 26-gauge half-hard wire
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • bentnose pliers (optional)
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • ring mandrel

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Locate your ring size on a ring mandrel and wrap a 3 1⁄2-in. (8.9cm) piece of 18- or 20-gauge wire snugly around the mandrel.
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2. Remove the wire from the mandrel and make a loop at one end.
Tip!
For a thicker band, start with an 8-in. (20cm) piece of 18- or 20-gauge wire and wrap it several times around the ring mandrel. Use a 10-in. (25cm) piece of 24- or 26-gauge wire to attach the beads.
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3. Make a small half-loop at the end of a 6-in. (15cm) piece of 24- or 26-gauge wire and attach it to the ring, as shown.
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4. Using either chainnose or bentnose pliers, hold the band in place. Make three or more wraps around the ring with the 24- or 26-gauge wire.
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5. String a bead and make three or more wraps around the ring. Repeat two more times.
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6. Pass the wire up through the ring’s loop.
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7. Tuck the end of the wire under one of the beads. Trim the excess wire.

 

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