Craft Tutorial: Wire Word Rings
Hello friends! Today I have a fun wire project for you. I’ve been seeing a lot of rings with cute little messages (love, believe etc) the past year or so, and always wondered if I could make them myself. The verdict? Yes, I (and you) can!
What you’ll need:
- beading wire, about 15cm (I’m using 24 gauge Artistic Wire)
- 2 jump rings
- chain, 4 – 6cm
- nail polish (the rid should be roughly the same size as your finger)
- pair of flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and wire cutters
* The success of this project heavily relies on your tool (or so I think); you’ll need flat-nose pliers (like the blue one in the photo right) that has a thin tip.
** I’m going to make ‘hello’ for the tutorial, but you can make any word you’d like, of course; just follow the photos and you’ll get the idea how to shape any alphabet (I think…).
1) Bend the end of the wire with round-nose pliers to form a small (very small) loop.
2) Let’s start making ‘h’ from here. Make a loop with round-nose pliers.
3) Using flat-nose pliers, make a hard bend.
4) Squeeze the wires together with flat-nose pliers.
5) Bend the wire over the pliers.
Now it looks like this; ‘h’ is done!
6) Bend the wire over round-nose pliers.
7) Bend the wire over flat-nose pliers.
8) Bend the wire over round-nose pliers.
9) Moving onto ‘l’ now. Bend the wire over round-nose pliers.
10) Bend the wire over round-nose pliers.
11) Bend the wire over round-nose pliers for the second ‘l’. If you want your ring to read ‘hell’, you can skip to step 14 :)
12) Wrap the wire over the fat part of round-nose pliers to form ‘o’.
13) Wrap the wire up a little bit.
14) Wrap the wire over the tip of round-nose pliers to form a small loop, and cut the excess wire.
15) Bend the word over the rid of a nail polish so it will fit around your finger.
16) With flat-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, attach a jump ring and a chain to the loop.
17) Repeat the process to attach a jump ring and a chain to the other end of loop. And… you’re done!
I made ‘meow’ and ‘hello’, and they look really cute on me fingers J I’m going to practice a bit more, though, so that I could form words tidier.
Also, I made bigger version with 18 gauge wire (much thicker wire); they came out much sturdier so I recommend using them for bracelets (sturdier the wire, the more difficult it becomes to handle, hence the bigger version).
So… which word would you fancy wearing on a ring? Between you and me, the first words that popped up in my head were quite embarrassing, like ‘kool’ and ‘disaster’. I know. Charming… Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and have a brilliant weekend!