|Copper Wire Wrapped Amethyst Ring, Beth Hemmila|
Sometimes you want to wear that perfect little stone that matches your mood or outfit on your finger, but maybe you don't have the time, tools, or skill set to make it into a ring. One alternative is to take that favorite gemstone and use it as the centerpiece for a wire wrapped ring.
A easy and free jewelry making tutorial for wire wrapped rings similar to the one above is featured at Lytha Studios. To add more pizazz to your wire wrapped ring, check out Emily Jane's store for inspiration.
If you don't have a stone but you just want to make a simple wire wrapped ring here are a couple free tutorials:
Rosette Wire Wrapped Ring from McFarland Designs
Adjustable Wire Wrapped Rings from Making Jewelry Now by Rena Klingenberg
Wire Knot Ring on Handmadeology
Rena Klingenberg also features a super cute Wire Wrapped Button Ring Tutorial. For a extremely colorful and funky button ring tutorial check out Take Your Vitamin C.
Over at CraftIdeas.info there is a nifty beaded ring tutorial using seed beads. It's simple enough so kids can make this ring. I bet it would be fun to make a bunch in different colored patterns and trade with friends over the summer! I'm going to try this one next.
This last link isn't a wire wrapped ring, but I thought it was such a cool design maybe it will inspire you to go to the next level. It's a free tutorial on a dual balled ring, where the stone is set between two rings that have been soldered together. This requires some beginning metalsmithing techniques, but it looks like a good first project. You can find the free tutorial for the dual balled ring over at the Jewelry Artist's Network.
Have fun this summer flaunting beads on your fingers!