Daily Wire Tip: How to Make a Fancy Split Ring

By on April 23, 2011
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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip

Question: I like the hooks and other plain clasp designs, but I am looking for something a bit more ornate. Any ideas?

-Julie in Salem, Oregon

Answer: Julie, that’s a great question – here’s a video tip from Albina Manning, the instructor of the Coiling and Weaving DVD Series, to give you an answer. Albina Manning Teaches a Fancy Split Ring


You will need:

  • 2 1/2″ of 18-gauge round dead soft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Bench block
  • Chasing hammer
  • 3-step Round Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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  1. avatar

    Lorraine Brooks

    April 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Dale this was great.It really helps to see an actual image. I must thank you so much that there is text in the video, I am hearing impaired and have no hearing aide.

    Are all your teaching video series made this same way?


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      April 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Hi Lorraine, I am so pleased that you enjoyed Albina’s video tutorial on how to make a Fancy
      Split Ring. Unfortunately only Albina’s DVDs include sub-titles. However ALL of our instructional DVDs DO include detailed, written directions!

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      Wilma Hughes

      November 21, 2012 at 1:36 am

      I also have this problem and i find if I use the earphones that fit into your ears I can hear very well. Try it and see what you think. I also like the videos that this site has.
      Wilma Brooks Hughes

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      September 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      I am also deaf and need captioned videos. The captioning on youtube is hilarious and always wrong..you have to have a great sense of humor to use the youtube videos with captioning! Any chance you can list which videos you offer with captioning? Thanks so much!

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    April 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Thank you so much for captioning the video – it really helped. I wish all of you videos were captioned.

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    Nancy pace

    April 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I always enjoy your tips, thanks for sharing this, very useful!
    Nancy Pace

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    April 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I have to second Lorraine’s comment. I also have auditory disabilities and have found this video to be the most helpful of the ones I’ve found– because it provides subtitles. Detailed written directions are a great aid, but really no substitute for subtitles for those of us who really need them… I hope that the instructional DVDs will eventually upgrade to offering subtitles to make the more accessible to the diversely-abled.

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    Jane Elizabeth Duke

    April 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Albina, wonderful idea expertly demonstrated! Thanks!

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    April 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I guess there are many of us wire people who don’t hear well. Please consider subtitles in the future. It does make a big difference.

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    April 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I am so glad, ladies, that you like my video tip.
    I was a little nervous on-camera :)

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      Dorothy Garner

      August 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

      I agree with those who liked the captions and i am hearing impaired also and have had problem understanding those who show their video that I dont know what they are saying,,i wish all those who show any video would use those detailed words in captions so all of our hearing impaired can understand.

      thank you


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    August 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I did not realize how many hearing impaired were, but go girls there is nothing we can’t do. I do have a hearing aid but even with that the subtitles help to make sure I get the details. I have Albina’s DVDs and the subtitles make them even more enjoyable. Thanks for this blog.

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    Peg Halfacre

    March 15, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Beautiful! But I want to learn to make the gorgeous pendant shown in the video. The two components are fantastic together. Thanks for this video.

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      March 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Peg, Albina made a DVD with this beautiful pendant, you can check it out and order it here : )

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    Judy Aussenhofer

    October 2, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Thanks for this tip! I, too, appreciated the sub-titles. It helps to re-inforce the instructions to read while watching the video. Great job!

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    sue beebe

    October 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I enjoyed the video very much. However, I am wondering why Wubbers aren’t used instead of the 3 step pliers. They are great for making loops! Thanks!

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      October 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

      You’re right, Sue – the Wubbers are great tools for making loops! There are a lot of round shaping tools out there, and Wubbers are among the best.

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    October 4, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I really like this fancy split ring but I am wondering how you get the pendant onto the split ring once it’s made? Some of the pendants I have seen have very tiny loops for attaching onto rings, bails, etc. In that case do you make the ring, put on the pendant and then curl the ends?
    Thanks again for for the excellent video!

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      October 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

      That’s one way to do it, Elsa. You can also pre-make the split ring and attach it to the pendant as you finish the bail.

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    July 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Thank you Dale and Rose for this site and all the free information you are always giving to us. I copy about all of them. This is a cute split-ring. I enjoyed the video.

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    Linda Garwood

    October 18, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Thank you I have been looking for some information to improve My wire wrapping Projects. This was a very simple but interesting but much more pro look to it.

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    Liz McGrath

    July 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for the info on how to make the fancy split rings. Especially with the words below it. It being Captioned made it so each to understand. Its great for us .. who are deaf or hard of hearing. : ) Thanks again. Liz

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    Wanda Bonin

    April 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    The last couple of videos in the tips couldn’t be opened why is that?

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      Judy Ellis

      April 18, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Wanda, are you speaking of this video in particular or others? Generally if a video isn’t playing there are a couple of things to look at: 1: has the video loaded all the way yet and is it ready to play? If you will watch the gray bar to the right of the red volume slider (which is next to the arrow) you will see if fill all the way across to the right. As soon as it’s completely gray, the video will be loaded and ready to play. You may have to push the arrow to start the video once it’s loaded as well. If you are still having trouble with the video loading after you’ve give it a good amount of time, then you probably need to look at your computer or device settings and make sure that your not blocking the video or that you device isn’t compatible. Most of our videos are compatible with all devices, but we are currently updating our older ones, and there are still a few which are only playable if you have adobe flash. So, long story short.. be patient with you videos. They are big files and depending on the speed you are using on your device, it may take a minute or two to load. Good luck and please let us know if you continue to have problems.