DIY wire ring

May 23rd, 2011 by  |  Published in Features, Headline  |  3 Comments

This little ring is simply made from wrapped wire and a striking bead of your choice. Beads with double holes will work best – look out for something unusual such as the chandelier crystals we’re using - otherwise experiment! Wire can be purchased from most hardware stores and comes in copper or silver. Choose firm but flexible wires (e.g. tie wire) of approximately 2mm thickness. If you can, use a pair of flat nose pliers for this project as they won’t crimp the wire like regular pliers.

You will need:
1 metre of wire

Cut approximately 30cm of wire. Find a cylindrical object (e.g. a thick marker or handle) of similar diameter to your fingers. Starting in the centre, wrap the wire 3 times around it and slide off.

You will be left with a coil and two ends pointing upwards. Trim if necessary to even out the ends but leave at least 12cm on each side. Thread the bead onto the ends. It’s easier to thread both ends at the same time.

Make sure the bead is sitting tightly on the ends. Using the pliers, bend down the ends on either side. Starting with one end, wrap the wire around the base of the bead.

Repeat for the other side, wrapping in the opposite direction. Carefully tuck in any pointy ends or trim if necessary.


  1. Jay says:

    May 23rd, 2011at 8:04 PM(#)

    hey this is awesome!! really like it.

  2. Vanessa says:

    May 23rd, 2011at 8:18 PM(#)

    This is such a great idea - fantastically explained Lucinda - the photos are so useful as I am not usually very good with following instructions/recipes. I can’t wait to try it out!

  3. Emily says:

    June 1st, 2011at 7:04 AM(#)

    what a neat idea… I love it. And a good use for a broken chandelier! I wonder - does it reflect rainbows in the sunlight?

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