Yorick's Last Laugh Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorial
Created by: Amy Mickelson
- Cut anywhere from 18-36" of wire depending on your ring size, and size of the bead you choose.
This project uses 36" of wire to wrap and secure the skull bead since it is fairly large.
- String your bead onto the center of the wire. Place the bead on the mandrel 1 full size larger than the desired ring size.
- A ring mandrel with groves can help secure the wire and bead in place.
- Wrap each piece of wire around the mandrel twice. You will have four layers of wire total.
- Bring both pieces of wire to one side of the bead, and hold them together.
- Wrap the two pieces of wire around the bead multiple times, holding the wires together as though they were one.
- Once you have wrapped the wires around four or five times, separate the wires so that there is one on each side of the bead.
Free Technique Sheets & How-Tos Suggested Supplies
- Cut the tails on each side with your cutters and tuck the wire close with your chain-nose pliers.
- Take the ring off the mandrel and make 5 or more coils with each piece of wire on each side.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions, and patina the wire if desired.
- Lightly polish the wire to remove some of the patina and bring back some shine to the copper wire.
- To protect the patina, seal the ring with a spray sealant like Castin'Craft Resin Spray (#82-530-5).
- 1 each [use 36"] #46-402-11 Artistic Wire® Copper Wire, 22ga, 45ft - Bare Copper
- 1 each #82-530-5 Castin'Craft Resin Spray
- 1 each #28-682 Ceramic Bead, Large Skull (no longer available) Other skull bead options
- 1 each #86-322 XL GEL Liver of Sulfur, 2 oz.
- #69-271-99 Euro Tool Glitter, Four-Piece Set
- #63-528 EURO TOOL Polishing Pads, Ultra, 2x2", 20 per pack.
- #69-155 Tool, Plastic Ring Mandrel
- Small glass or plastic mixing container