Apr 212017
 

ff tila bead ring band

I never really thought much about stretch rings until I bought one at a local fashion clothing store and found it so comfortable that I absolutely loved it and wore it all the time.

In fact I wore it out! When the elastic used in the purchased ring broke I noticed that the way it was strung together was with metal sections that had two holes or channels running through them. This gave me the idea of using two hole beads to make my own custom ring bands.

In today’s video I will show you how I took a polymer cabochon and with the help of a few Tila beads turned it into a gorgeous statement ring.

tila band cabochon ring

I would recommend using a strong glue such as two-part epoxy for this process. If you find that the glue dries with sharp edges on the inside of the ring after it’s cured, you can gently file those down to make them smoother.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Make a Ring Band Using Tile/Tila Beads-Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Oct 062014
 

Pave Sparkles Wire Wrapped Ring

This project is a great way to take one special bead and really showcase it in a bold ring.  The wire wrapping is easy and that’s ALL you need: a bead and some wire. 🙂

Like I mention in the video, it took me longer to choose the bead and get out my tools and supplies than it did to make the ring. So be sure to give it a try, it’s that simple.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch Pave Sparkle Wire Wrapped Ring Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 4 feet 20 gauge dead soft wire
  • 1 focal bead 12-16mm

Tools:

  • wire cutters
  • flat nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • ring mandrel
  1. Bend your length of wire in half and use flat nose pliers to make the bend have two square corners. Slide your bead onto the wire and center on this squared section.
  2. Hold the bead against the ring mandrel at the size you want your ring to be. Wrap each wire end around the mandrel twice, going in opposite directions. Hold these four coils together while you slide the ring off the mandrel.
  3. Wrap each wire through the inside of the ring, one to each side of the bead, tugging with pliers to tighten up the wire.
  4. Bend one wire out of the way and wrap the remaining wire around the base of the bead in a clockwise direction. I try to cover the bead holes, but otherwise don’t try to make the wraps too neat. Keep wrapping until you have about two inches of wire left. Bend this wire out of the way.
  5. Wrap the long wire around the base of the bead in a counter-clockwise direction until you have about two inches left. You should have a short piece of wire on either side of the bead.
  6. Wrap each piece of wire around its side of the ring beside the bead in four to five closely spaced wraps. Use your pliers to pull the wire tightly and also to compress the wraps if they’re too far apart.
  7. Trim the wire so the ends are on the outside of the ring  and tuck in, filing if necessary so they’re not sharp.
  8. Place the ring back on the mandrel and work down to the correct size. This will tighten up your wrapping and make the ring round.