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Topic: Wire and bead rings -- super easy!  (Read 2534 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2005 08:04:20 PM »

How did you do that??  That is amazing!  Huh  I have silver wire I almost threw out b/c it's too small to really do much with..but now you've given me an idea (to botch--knowing me haha)

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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2005 05:12:01 PM »



Hi all...

CraftyZary -- lovely work!


parlervousfrancais & others --
 
Can't speak for CraftyZary of course, but this focal-bead-holding wire ring project might give you an idea of what gauge to use :

http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/weekly/aa081501.htm


Btw, wire ring projects often specify a couple of specialty tools such as a metal ring mandrel &-or a rawhide hammer. 

In some ring projects, I believe the mandrel -- & yes apparently it does need to be 'metal' not plastic --is used to put the ring on for hammering (with the rawhide hammer) for various purposes or effects. 

And a mandrel 'might' help make easier/neater wraps around wire :
iirc, I think the basic idea is to put the thicker wire ring on the mandrel then use needlenose &-or bent-needlenose pliers & fingers (if needed) to sort of "weave-wrap" the thinner wire up-down-around between the ring & the mandrel.
I can see where the sturdy metal mandrel holding/stabilizing the ring so you could even use two pairs of pliers kinda makes sense ... although... guess you'd also have to stabilize the mandrel somehow, maybe in a vise or some such thing?
 

Couple of other pretty bead-holder type wire rings, in case anyone's interested :
http://www.wigjig.com/jewelry-wire/ring.htm
http://www.wigjig.com/jewelry-making/ring/pg06.htm
If you're already fairly experienced at wirework without a jig, you may be able to make these that way as well ... if not, maybe it'll inspire you to try a jig Smiley






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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2005 07:14:43 PM »

Wow, these are awesome! I especially love the first ring.
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2005 11:59:56 AM »

Those are so cool! I like the last ring, especially.
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