You can head over to Youtube to watch my tutorial on how you can get started in jewellery making. In the tutorial I show how to make a simple wire wrapped ring. Once you get the hang of it you can easily create a ring in under ten minutes using really cheap materials – although there is a lot of space for customisation if you would like to jazz it up.
I make a lot of jewellery – taking the time to work on craft and make something with my hands is really important to me. Collecting stones from forests and oceans, learning about their formation and meanings, learning new ways of crafting with metal and turning it all into something that someone is going to wear is fascinating to me.
In my tutorial I explain the steps you need to take to make your own ring, as well as the materials you need and where you can find them. There was too much information to fit into the video, so I have compiled all the information about the making process and materials in this post.
Please watch the video below before reading the rest of this post so you can follow along.
The first thing you need is a bead. This can be a plastic or glass bead, which is on the cheaper end of the spectrum and will be available in any craft store. Alternatively, you can choose a semi-precious stone bead like quartz, or a more expensive precious stone like emerald or ruby. In this tutorial I chose to use an imperial turquoise bead. This is a stone that I really love. It has some really bold turquoise tones that intermingle with the more natural beige patterns. If you choose to use a gemstone, remember to sift through your beads and pick one with colours and patterns that you like, as no two natural beads are the same and all will be slightly different.
I recommend looking on Etsy Studio (Etsy’s source for craft supplies) and searching for gemstone beads, there’s a lot of really great shops where you will be able to find some beautiful pieces.
In this tutorial I use a 6mm bead, which is pretty small and creates a delicate look. I also like to use 8mm beads, and you could use 10mm beads for chunkier, statement pieces.
I mention in the video that you can collect raw stones yourself. Stones like quartz are abundant in forests and beaches, and with a little searching you can find them yourself. All you do is pop them in a rock tumbler with water and grit, and let it tumble for several weeks. The tumbler wears down and smooths the rocks. The same thing happens to rocks in rivers and the ocean, but the tumbler dramatically speeds up the process by several thousand years.
The next thing that you will need is wire. I really recommend 925 Sterling silver wire, because it’s really high quality, durable and doesn’t tarnish easily. However, it can be expensive, so if you are just starting out then buy a cheaper wire to practice on. If you’re just making for fun, then silver plated wire, copper wire or even aluminium wire and much cheaper alternatives that will also work really well.
You can also use Etsy Studio to search for wire. The wire I used in the tutorial is 0.05mm, which is quite thin. You can use slightly thinner wire, 0.04mm wire would be usable, but any smaller and the ring will become very fiddly to make and may not hold together well. I also wouldn’t recommend getting wire that is too thick. After about 1mm, it becomes quite difficult to bend.
The last thing you need before you can start making are some tools. A small pair of wire cutters are a must have, they really will make working with wire so much easier. You will also need a ring mandrel, which you will use to bend the ring into shape and make it the right size. The last thing you need is a ring sizer, which you use to determine the ring size of yourself or the person you are making the ring for.
Amazon is a great place to look for craft tools, it’s where I buy mine, and they’re also good value. I picked up my mandrel and ring sizer for under £10.
Ready to begin!
That’s it! One you have your supplies you can use them to follow along with the rest of the tutorial. Happy crafting!
If you do decided to give this tutorial a go, let me see the results! Post a photo of your handmade jewellery on Instagram and tag me at @theartofhannahroseshaw, and I’ll be sure to take a look.
If you would like to see more of my jewellery please visit my Etsy shop.
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