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The 5-Minute, 5-Things Spiral Ring
by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com
Tip for February 5, 2014
Tip Guide to Tucson!
The 5-Minute, 5-Things Spiral Ring By Kate Richbourg
I made this ring at the demo booth at the Tucson Gem Show. Heather from Jewelry Tools came over with a camera and said “Wire tutorial for our blog… Ready? Go!” I am always up for a quick and easy and off-the-cuff project. The result is this fast and stylish wire ring. Don’t worry that your spiral may not look like mine. Creativity is the key here. Try it with round wire in a different gauge, tighter or looser spirals or more wire for a bigger spiral. Create and have fun.
The five things you need:
- 1 ft 18g copper square wire
- Ring mandrel
- Chain nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Liver of sulfur and Pro Polish Pad
The five steps:
1. Cut 1 ft. of wire and wrap it twice around the ring mandrel at your preferred with the ends crossing on the top with tails of equal length.
2. Use your hands to pull one wire to the left about a quarter way around. The wires will start to form an s-shape to make the interior of the spiral. Repeat with the second tail. Switch between each tail of wire, forming the spiral and keeping it flat. Stop when you have about 1/2″ tails remaining on both wires. Be as free-form as you like and don’t worry about getting a perfect spiral. A free-form spiral looks great with this design.
3. Use chain nose pliers to wrap the tails around the shank of the ring on each side. 2-4 wraps per side will secure the spiral.
4. Place the ring back on the ring mandrel and adjust the shape.
5. Add a patina to the ring using Liver of Sulfur and polish with a pro polish pad. Slip it on your finger and admire!
To learn more about Kate Richbourg and see the amazing classes that she’s teaching in Tucson, CLICK HERE
Now we want to hear from you! What neat tips do you have for a great Tucson trip?