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When is a Ring, not a ring?
by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com
Wire Jewelry Free Pattern for February 24th 2016
When is a Ring, not a ring? When it’s a pendant!
by Judy Larson
We are always looking for fun, new and creative ways to make inventive jewelry pieces. Today we share a quick project from Judy Larson.
When is a ring not a ring? When you turn it into a pendant, of course!
My daughter had ordered a few ring blanks, not realizing that they were adjustable rings. She was going to throw them away, but I scooped them up thinking I might be able to do something with them. They sat on my work table for a while before I remembered that I had made a pendant from the Mother’s Ring I inherited from my mother. Of course, the same could be done with these rings!
This is how I did it.
- Carefully open the ring to disengage the crossover portion of the shank that makes the ring adjustable.
- Cut off the portions of the ring shank that that make it adjustable (the “box” on the shank needs to go), leaving as much of the shank as possible on each side. You may only need to cut the end off one side.
- Gently grip as much of the ring shank on one side of the ring as possible with a soft jaw pliers. Apply gentle pressure to slightly flatten the shank. You must be careful as you may break the ring shank off.
- You can further flatten the ring shank by lightly pounding it with a rubber mallet.
- File the ring shank cut ends smooth.
- One shank will be longer than the other. Form that into the bail. You may find you want to make a small loop at the end of the bail in the back if the shank is too long. It can add a decorative detail to a plain shank.
- Construct your wire wrapped bead dangle.
- The other shank can be formed into the lower loop, sliding on the dangle before completely closing it.
- If your ring has a bezel cup, add your stone. Press the bezel edges in to hold the stone in place.
What a great project! I hope you all have a chance to create one of these ring pendants to share!