The Million-Ring Design Pattern

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Jewelry: The Million-Ring Design
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The Million-Ring Design Pattern

Pattern Details

Category:

Jewelry

Type:

Ring

Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Pattern Description:

Wire Rings have nearly endless variations. I've made thousands of rings in the past decade and I've never made the same one twice, although I use essentially the same technique every time. I'm sure I could make a million and never repeat one!

This technique gives you a solid foundation and allows for infinite diversions from the main steps to create a ring that's uniquely yours.

Despite each resulting ring's one-of-a-kind design, I developed this technique for production and sale; therefore it is quick, economical, and profitable. I never make fewer than 50 at a time, and I sell hundreds each year at juried art galleries and craft shows; for years my retail price was $22CDN but since holding the tiny wire aggravates my repetitive strain injury and hurts my fingers, I raised the price to $28 to try and keep sales low - but I sell just as many! Whatever your goal - making gifts or items for sale - you will find these rings easy to make and popular with others.

Hope you enjoy making these as much as I enjoyed putting these instructions together for you.

Materials:

  • 1foot of 20 or 22ga round artistic wire
  • 1foot of 26 or 28ga round artistic wire
  • one 6mm glass bead, four 4mm glass beads (or your choice of beads)
  • two 2mm metal beads to match the wire
  • a ring mandrel
  • a hammer
  • flush cutters
  • chain nose OR bent chain nose pliers

About Designer

About Designer

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Gayle Bird Designs
by Gayle Bird
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
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I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making jewellery! The two are combining beautifully with my online tutorials.

Through all the art forms I've explored - painting, digital art, clay sculpting, web design, paper art, and calligraphy - my ...

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