Easy Wire Jewelry: Make a Wire Ring in Minutes

Copper Top Ring by Denise Peck

Copper Top Ring by Denise Peck

Rings are my favorite type of jewelry to make. I think they are easier than earrings (because you only have to make one instead of a matching pair) and easier than necklaces or bracelets (because there are no length or draping issues to figure out, and no clasps).

It’s fun to wear an eye-catching ring to a dinner party or just for everyday, especially if it’s a conversation-starter that you’ve made yourself, and it’s easy to make one in just a few minutes—such as this copper wire ring by Step by Step Wire Jewelry Editor-in-Chief Denise Peck. “It’s so simple!” Denise says. “But it looks like a lot more ring because of the bead I used. . .a beautiful fabricated metal bead by Jennifer Ionta. And, you can make the ring look completely different by using a glass bead or clay bead.”

So take just a few minutes, a few tools, and a few supplies, and voila!


2-1/2 feet of 20-gauge copper (or silver) wire
25mm fabricated copper and silver bead
8mm sterling silver spacer bead
flush cutters
chain-nose pliers
ring mandrel


1. Hold the center of the length of wire against the ring mandrel at 1/4 size larger than the size you need. Wrap both ends fully around the mandrel five times, and twist the ends once tightly against the mandrel.
2. Leaving the wire on the mandrel, thread both ends of the wire through the fabricated bead and the spacer, pushing them all the way down against the wrapped shank.
3. Pull the spacer back up the wires just enough to be able to thread the two ends over the sides of it and down through the fabricated bead below it. Pull the wires snugly so the spacer bead sits tightly against the fabricated bead.
4. Wrap each wire end snugly five times around the shank below the bead, one wire on each side of the bead, and trim the wires closely.
My version features Swarovski,
faux pearl, and abalone.

Like Denise mentioned, there are endless possibilities for personalization with this project. She mixed copper and silver, but your ring can be all copper, all silver, all gold or brass, or all three; mix in lampwork glass, gemstone, wood, clay, or enameled beads. . .whatever you like! I made a sterling silver one using a faux pearl bead, a tiny Swarovski crystal bead, and a disc of abalone. I adore the beachy colors—sea, sky, and sand—and it took less than ten minutes to make!

I love quick projects like wire rings that I can make in minutes and show off (or give to a friend) right away. For Denise’s ring and dozens of other fun-to-make, fun-to-wear wire jewelry projects, get your copy of Best of Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2010!

Are you inspired to make a quick wire ring? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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