Black Diamond Ring
NOTE: this project is for Size 5 ring. Adjust length up or down for other sizes.) You can use Beadalon’s 26G German Style Silver Plated wire to wrap over Hematite. This will give the ring a two tone look, (Silver/Hematite).
Designed by Cindy Becker.
- Beadalon® German Style Wire, 26 ga. – Hematite (24")
- Beadalon® German Style Wire, 20 ga. – Hematite (12")
- Beadalon® Chain Nose Pliers
- Beadalon® Wire Cutters
- Beadalon® Ring Mandrel
- Nylon Head Hammer
- Bead Gallery® Lentil Glass Beads – Jet
- Bead Gallery® Diamond Bead – Silver-plated
Cut 12" piece of Beadalon® 20 ga. wire.
Slide one silver-plated diamond bead onto center of the wire (6" into the wire).
Twist bead horizontal, and bend the wire left of the bead "up", and the wire right of the bead "down".
With thumb, hold silver-plated diamond bead on mandrel, over the ring size of your choice.
Hold bead over your desired size and wrap each wire around mandrel once, finishing at the top. Do NOT overlap wires. You should have two wires wrapping around mandrel.
Where wires approach top, wrap one of the wires around, then under the silver-plated diamond bead two times.
Slide jet lentil on opposite wire and hold it close to the silver-plated diamond bead.
Tightly wrap wire end around shank.
Finish by bending wire up and over setting.
Trim wire to ¼".
Using round nose pliers, make loop around the wire to secure.
Slide ring back on mandrel.
Take remaining wire and wrap around entire design.
Bring wire through center of ring.
Continue to wrap around and through, making a complete wrap around the center.
Use chain nose pliers to tuck in ends.
Cut 24" piece of Beadalon® 26 ga. wire.
Fold 26 ga. wire in half by bending in center.
Slide the 26 ga. wire over the bottom of the ring, (over the center).
Working one side at a time, begin wrapping the 26 ga. wire around the bottom of the ring by using a sewing motion. Each wrap should be tight and touching. Be careful to keep all under wires flat and avoid overlapping.
Continue toward top of ring. Finish off by wrapping the wire around the wires on top of the ring.
Continue across until you achieve a desired look.
Trim excess wire and tuck in wire end using chain nose pliers.
Repeat with opposite side.
Place ring back on mandrel and gently hammer the wrapping. This will harden the wire, flatten the wraps and give your ring a neat appearance.