Sunday, 21 October 2012
Handmade Monday: Rustic rings tutorial
Why don't I make many rings? Well, number one, I'm no good at them. Number two, they always come out a funny size (perhaps because I don't measure properly!). Number three, I'm no good at them. Number four, the shanks look like the back leg of a pony. Number five, I'm no good at them.... You get the picture?
This is as far as I've got in the past - these little howlite or pearl ring which are elasticated (apart from my wire rose rings). I sold one from my Folksy shop yesterday and as I was parcelling it up had an idea that I thought might make life easier...
The idea was to make a ring like a wire wrapped bangle. The shank could be any 4mm bead or pearl and as in a bangle, the wire wrapping would strengthen the shank and could be used to prettify the central bead too if desired.
Here's a quick tutorial if you want to have a go.
I need more practice to get it perfect! You can work it so that each of the wraps on the beads are going in the same direction and sit at the same place on the bead. I've left mine organic (that's slang for 'lazy' in my house!)
I used the mandrel now to ensure that ring is (nearly) perfectly round. Now is also the time to give it a little twist on the mandrel if it's coming up a little small in size - it will stretch a little.
Done! They look quite rustic, I think, but I like that.
Here's the link to see what other crafty folk have been making this week.
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