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Spiral Bezel Emerald Ring

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Spiral Bezel Ring »
by Abby Hook

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Category Jewelry
Type Ring, Accessory
Style Traditional, Classic, Romantic
Abby Hook on craftsy.com

Who is this project for? Women

Abby Hook on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? I have set this beautiful oval facet, deep-green lab Emerald gemstone, which weighs 4.80cts and measures 14x10mm in my spiral bezel design, so that you are able to see the pretty flowing lines of the wire through the stone. I have used copper wire, which I have oxidised to highlight the detail. I have woven the ring shank, adding contrast to the bare wires at the side of the ring. The top of the stone sits 1cm tall from the shank and the ring is UK size L and US size 5 1/2.

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Great work!! Very creative.....

05/02/2012 Flag

Thank you :)

05/03/2012 Flag

love how you do your rings

05/20/2012 Flag

Thank you :)

05/21/2012 Flag

I have purchase this tutorial from Craftsy and your book from Amazon Germany. I am a relative beginner who is self taught from the Craftsy courses and You Tube videos. I am having difficulty creating the open spirals for this ring and cannot find detailed instructions or photos on what tools to use, how to wrap, etc. I can make closed spirals. I am a visual learner, meaning photos and video rather than written instructions help me learn. Any help?

09/01/2012 Flag

Thank you for your comment SwissMrs. The open spirals are covered in this tutorial, steps 1 through to 4, however this is an advanced design, so if you are a beginner, I would suggest practising making open spirals on simpler designs first. The Butterfly wing earrings from my book cover open spirals, steps 1 through to 4, a great project for practising as it works up really quickly :) I hope this helps Abby

09/02/2012 Flag

Thank you for your prompt reply. I did make a pair of those designs but from the photos in the tutorial thought you were using the round nose pliers rather than the chain nose.

09/02/2012 Flag

My pleasure :) You can use RNP, they will allow you to make an open spiral with a larger opening at the top of the spiral, that is also tight to the sides of the loop. However, you need to be careful when using RNP to shape the wire, because if you grip too tightly they will leave marks or divots in the wire, using chain nose pliers will help to stop this happening. It is all about finding what works for you :)

09/02/2012 Flag

Yes Abby, I follow your instructions for making tight round loops as in your earwire instructions. I am making progress with this tutorial and wire wrapping techniques through practice (and more practice!). Beading rather than wire wrapping is more common in Switzerland. Tools found easily here are often not of the best qualit for wire wrapping. I have to order from the UK or USA.

09/02/2012 Flag

Yes Abby, I am following your instructions for the tight, round loops. I am getting better with practice, practice, practice. I am also making progress with this tutorial.

09/02/2012 Flag

That is the key with wirework - practice, practice and more practice!!!

09/04/2012 Flag

That is one of the beauties of the internet, that we all have access to tools and supplies from all over the world! Good luck and keep up the hard work :)

09/04/2012 Flag

One more questions about your round nose pliers. Are your pliers fine nose? I have a pair of "generic" round nose and they seem to create a larger loop than yours even at the very tip. The inside of the loop is about 2mm at the tip and the outside with 20 gauge is about 3mm.

09/02/2012 Flag

I use both Baby and standard Wubbers RNP, The tip on the Baby's is 1mm and on the standard is 1.5mm. Have you read page 20 and 21 in my book, 'Simple Earwires' this shows you how to form tight, round loops :) I hope this helps, Abby

09/02/2012 Flag