Wire Jewelry Making with a Twist: Inside Out Mobius Patterned Wire Ring
A patterned wire ring with a twist–it’s a Mobius strip!
By Denise Peck
Patterned wire makes adding texture and design to your wire jewelry making projects simple. There are dozens of different patterned wires available in various metals. This ring could be made with sheet or plain flattened wire, but the twist that reveals the pattern inside and out makes the simple ring unexpected. Now you see the pattern . . . now you don’t–it’s a Mobius strip.
ABOVE: Denise Peck’s Mobius Patterned Wire Ring project appears in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, March/April 2018.
What You Need
nylon-jaw pliers, 2 pairs; ring mandrel; nylon hammer; metal shears; metal flat and round files; butane torch; medium solder paste; pickle pot & pickle; liver of sulfur; polishing pad; copper tongs; mixed steel shot; tumbler
Wire Jewelry Making: What Is a Mobius Strip?
The simple act of making one twist in a length of material and attaching the ends does creates more than a visually interesting ring. It produces a form that defies the concepts of inside and outside, which belong to the realm of mathematics. “The Möbius strip or Möbius band,” as Wikipedia desribes it, “is a surface with only one side . . . and only one boundary. The Möbius strip has the mathematical property of being unorientable. It can be realized as a ruled surface. It was discovered independently by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858.”
As an example, Wikipedia offers this simple perspective. “If an ant were to crawl the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the entire length of the strip on both sides of the original [material] without ever crossing an edge.”
DENISE PECK is the author of a number of popular jewelry-making books, including Wire Style, Handcrafted Wire Findings, and Wire + Metal. She was the founding editor of Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine.
See more from this issue in the March/April 2018 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Lookbook!