Swirly Hammered Wire Rings Tutorial
Created by: Michelle Horning
- See Rustic Wire Ring blog article for illustrated step-by-step instructions for making this style of ring.
- Hide the cut ends of the finer gauge of wire, on the back side of the ring.
- The larger the swirls, and more thinly hammered, the more space it will take up on your finger, so it will be more susceptible to snagging and bending.
- Some styles of beads can be spun to show different sides (see back view of these scarabs, below.)
- Optional: before hammering ends of wire, use a cup bur to smooth and round the ends. This gives you a smoother paddle shape after hammering.
- For a smoother (less rustic) finish, use a chasing hammer instead of the ball peen hammer.
- 1 each #05-728-12-470 Swarovski 5728 Scarab Bead, 12mm - Crystal Scarabaeus Green
- 1 ozt (use a few inches) 14-gauge Sterling Silver Wire, Fine Silver Wire, or Argentium Silver Wire (Half Hard and Dead Soft both work fine for this project.)
- 1 ozt (use a few inches) 22-gauge Sterling Silver Wire, Fine Silver Wire, or Argentium Silver Wire (Half Hard and Dead Soft both work fine for this project.)
- 1 each #05-728-12-460 Swarovski 5728 Scarab Bead, 12mm - Crystal Metallic Sunshine
- 1 pack #47-405-14 Copper Jewelry Wire, 14ga, Round, 20'
- 1 pack #47-405-22 Copper Jewelry Wire, 22ga, Round, 125'
- Round-Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Ring Sizers (Finger sizers)
- Ring Mandrel
- Polishing Pads
- Ball Peen or Chasing Hammer
- Metal Bench Block
- Pad for Bench Block
- Flat File and/or Cup Bur
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