Easy Adjustable Spiral Ring Tutorial

This adjustable spiral ring is quite easy to make with just a little wire, a bit of muscle and a few standard tools.

Supplies  –      Two 6 inch pieces of round, soft, 16 gauge wire

One 14 (or more)  inch piece of 24 inch, round, soft wire

Ring mandrel or other round object ¾” to 1 inch in diameter

Round nose pliers

Flat nose pliers

Wire cutter for thick wire

Ruler

Rubber, plastic, rawhide mallet (optional).

Steps 

1.   Cut 2 pieces of 16 gauge, round wire to 6 inches and flush cut the ends, straighten the wire a little bit.

2.   Cut at least 14 inches of 24 gauge, round wire, more if you want the wrapping

to cover more of the back of the ring.  Cut the ends of the 24 gauge wire and tuck them

in neatly on the inside of the ring.  Make sure there are no sharp ends sticking out.

3.   Keeping the bundle of wire parallel, wrap the whole thing around a ring mandrel.

Slightly bend the two top wires up in a soft curve and the two bottom wires down

in the same way.  Take the ring off the mandrel and separate the wires just a bit so you can make the spirals.

4.  Cut about ¼ inch from the INNER wire at the top so that the two top wires are

different lengths.  Cut the OUTER wire at the bottom section 1/4”.  This can be

reversed if you want the wires facing a different direction.

6.     Make a tiny hoop with the tip of your round nose pliers at the end of each wire and begin a spiral.  One spiral should be higher than the other at each end of the wires.  You can make the spirals tighter or open as you wish.  I use the flat nose pliers to hold the spirals while tightening  and enlarging them.

7.    Put the ring back on the mandrel and squeeze it against the mandrel flattening the

Spirals so they curve gently, but firmly.  You can use a rubber or other soft mallet

all around the ring at this point.

That’s it, your ring is finished!  You can oxidize it and seal it if you like. You could seal it as it is, bright and shiny or whatever else you like –  perhaps a patina?

You could make this ring in just about any metal as long as you can manipulate it easily.

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About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
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56 Responses to Easy Adjustable Spiral Ring Tutorial

  1. Shinrin says:

    Great tutorial! I don’t know anything about jewelry, but I understood your clear, easy to understand instructions with great photos! ^_~

  2. Donna Geurin says:

    Zoraida, you have the best tutorials. A great tutorial and so easy to follow your instructions. Thank you

  3. zoraidabros says:

    Thank you Donna. That’s a great compliment!

  4. julia christine stephen says:

    So pretty and feminine, very nice 🙂

  5. Rose says:

    Fantastic tutorial Zoraida! I have a hard time finding rings that fit me perfectly, I’m always on the look out for adjustable and elastic rings. This one is perfect 🙂 I’ve been trying for quite a while now to perfect an adjustable ring, and here it is!

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you Rose! I hope you find it easy to make. I wear one of these all the time so when my fingers are swollen, they still fit! Feel free to let me know how it goes.

      • Rose says:

        It was very easy! I tried it out in a bronze colored wire and it looks fantastic! Thanks so much for the idea Zoraida! I want to try it out in sterling silver next 🙂

  6. Sally says:

    You are a natural teacher — clear, concise directions and the pictures make it so easy to see exactly what you’re talking about. I haven’t done much metal work but I think I’ll give this a try. 🙂

  7. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks so much Sally! I tried very hard to make it clear and easy so I’m thrilled that you thought so too. Let me know if you try this.

  8. beadinggemb says:

    Another wonderful tutorial that will make beginners happy! I will feature it in a future post! Thanks for sharing.

  9. MlleMarine says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoraida!!
    I’m new to wire jewelry and your blog is just wonderful! Love your tutorials and your pieces of jewelry as well. Keep up the good work!

  10. angieleb13 says:

    I’m always looking at the work of others, not to copy but to be inspired by them. You do suck a nice job in your creating and your tutorials are easy to follow. Thanks for the inspiration that you give to me.

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  13. Ruthie Peterburg says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I’m a beginner with wire and this ring is perfect for me.
    Warm hugs,
    Ruthie

  14. Cindy says:

    I’m still quite the neophyte when it comes to jewelry making and I definitely appreciate your tutorial. Question: In the list of supplies, you have the 16 gauge wire at 5 inches apiece yet in the instructions, it says 6 inches. Is it 5″ or 6″?

    Thank you for taking the time to do this tutorial. As of yet, my rings don’t even come close to looking like yours! Wanna come to my house and teach me? chuckle chuckle….

    • zoraidabros says:

      Hi Cindy, I changed the supplies to 6 inches. You are right there was a discrepancy there. It really could be 5 or 6 inches depending on how many loops you want on the spirals but better to start out with a longer wire as it can always be cut. Thanks for pointing this out. Good luck with your jewelry 🙂

  15. Barbara P. says:

    could this also be made into a bracelet? my fingers are full or an upper arm band?

  16. Saundra says:

    Love, love, love your work. Just came across. I’m a novice at jewelry making and I have been trying to determine which medium I preferred since I want to make and sell. I think I want to concentrate on using wire. THANKS!!!

  17. Karen says:

    Love this ring!!! Simple but elegant. I especially love the idea of it being adjustable. Can’t wait to make one. Many years ago Avon sold a similar pattern in silver with matching earrings. Well I lost the ring!!! How does anyone lose a ring!!?@ Thanks again for the pattern.

  18. Kashmira says:

    Finally made my first ring!!! Thanks so much! Am a HUGE fan of yours 🙂

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  20. Maureen says:

    Love love your ring so simple thanks for sharing I’m off to make one

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  22. Cheryl says:

    I love this ring and look forward to making it. I also went to your bracelets page. They are so beautiful!!! Amazing work on all of them. I wanted to ask how to patina and seal the ring. Did you patina or seal the ring in the tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing this inspiring tutorial.

  23. Irene says:

    Thank you I like your design, easy to follow, now I have to do is make it and it will be fun.,

  24. Laurie Knowles says:

    Nice Work, I Love It! Thanks

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  26. Judith Borkowski says:

    this looks very easy to do can’t wait to try it. Judith

  27. sushilla baal says:

    beautiful

  28. Shirley says:

    zoraidabros I have been making rings wit ring blanks, oh how stupid. I am so in love with this I can’t tell you. I have only been doing jewelry for a few months, but with this I may never leave the house again, except to get supplies, ha ha. God bless you

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