How to Make a Spiral Wire Ring

This is one of the easiest wire rings I’ve ever made.  I can’t believe I didn’t come up with this sooner.  It only requires one piece of wire and looks great in copper, silver, brass, bronze or whatever wire you like.  The wire should be 16 gauge,  soft and round.  *This sample was in size 8 so if you want a smaller ring, you can decrease the length by either cutting it 1/2″ shorter or creating a bigger center spiral.  For bigger sizes do the opposite and cut a longer piece of wire to begin the project.  Obviously it’s better to start with a longer piece and cut some of it off if necessary.   Have fun and let me know how your ring turns out.

Tools for this project

Supplies

One piece of 16ga, soft, round wire 10″ long for a size 8 ring – *see note above regarding sizes.

Ring mandrel

Rubber or rawhide mallet

Round nose pliers

Flat nose pliers

Needle file or steel wool #0000

Steps

Using your round nose pliers, made a small right angle bend 2 1/2″ from the end of the 16ga wire.  Increase that length about 1/4″ for the next size ring or shorten it for smaller rings by the same measure.

Step 1

With the square nose pliers gripping the shorter stem of wire, begin a spiral by bending and curving the longer length of wire with your fingers to make a flat loop.

Step 2

Continue forming a flat spiral with your fingers until the spiral is big enough to grip with your flat nose pliers.

Step 3

Step 3

When the spiral is approximately 1 1/4″ in diameter and you have the same number of turns on all sides, make an bend on the wire at a right angle with your round nose pliers.

Step 4

Flatten the other end (short section) against the back of the spiral with the flat nose pliers so that it is opposite the longer end.

Step 5 – the back of the spiral

Place the ring against the ring mandrel holding it with your thumb.

Step 6

Wraps the two sections of wire around the mandrel at approximately the size ring you want to create.

Step 7

Make sure to bring both wires directly in front of the spiral.  If they are not the same size, cut the longer piece so that both ends match.

Step 8

Create a tiny loop on either side of the center spiral in opposite directions.  You can do this while the ring is on the mandrel with the round nose pliers.

Step 9

Step 9

Your ring is almost finished.

Step 10

Gently pound the ring with the rubber mallet at the back and sides, and just a bit on the spiral itself.

Step 11

Check to be sure that the ring is flat and aligned.  Tweek the loops if necessary with the round nose pliers.  Remove any tool marks with your file and/or steel wool.  Buff the ring with a soft cloth.

The ring should sit flat on the finger with the shank wires close together.

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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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29 Responses to How to Make a Spiral Wire Ring

  1. Donna Geurin says:

    Zoraida, I love this ring and can’t wait to try it. I made the other ring with the double wire and spirals and your instructions are so clear. I love the ring. Also made and gave one to my friend. She wears it all the time.

  2. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Donna!! Have fun with this one. Let me know how it turns out or if you have and questions 🙂

  3. Diane Smith says:

    VERY COOL! Thank you!

  4. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks for reading my post, Diane 🙂

  5. Linda Sinish says:

    Hi Zoraida, Brilliant! I can’t wait to use your design and tutorial to make this ring. As I read the tutorial and looked at the pictues, I couldn’t help but think this might make a great bangle. Hmmm?

  6. Shinrin says:

    Thanks so much for making me this ring mom! I love it!!

  7. Shinrin says:

    Reblogged this on Shinrin Art Blog and commented:
    Check out this great tutorial! Mom made me this ring and it looks even better in person ^_^

  8. Deb says:

    Have to try this one Zoraida. Love how it looks. Deb

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thanks Deb! I wear a copper one all the time, so does my daughter, Sam. I wore a bronze spiral ring but someone bought it off my hand at the last show. It would look great in sterling.

  9. Jeannie says:

    I just love your blog header and your blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you for such clear tutorials and photos and great instructions. You should do a book if you haven’t already!

  10. zoraidabros says:

    Thank you Jeannie ! I really like writing tutorials although they are a pain to make. You have to stop at every step to photograph and make sure the instructions are clear. It’s all worth it in the end. I receive so much appreciation 🙂 Someday, when time permits, I’ll write a whole book.

  11. Heather says:

    If you use copper, do you have to treat it w/ anything to keep it from turning your finger green?

    • zoraidabros says:

      Copper can become discolored (and cause your finger to turn green) on people with high acidic levels. Sterling silver can do the same because it contains a small amount of copper. I do coat my copper metals with either Renaissance Wax which protects the metal from oils and moisture and is used on all sorts of items in museums, or sometimes, I use a product called Protec A clear by Everbrite Coatings. I use that one on larger pieces. Both of these are great and worth the cost if you work with copper.

  12. Alice Ryan says:

    Thanks for a sensible tut on coiled rings. I recently tried making some similar rings using a more complicated pattern & copper & brass wire & was very unhappy with the way they looked. This certainly seems easier & more intuitive than that one. I can hardly wait for morning so I can try it!

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you Alice! I think this tutorial is quite easy to follow. Mastering the perfect spiral is the hardest part of it, especially with thicker wire. Enjoy it and let me know how it goes 🙂

  13. ollie says:

    I love this ring and will attempt to make it

  14. zoe says:

    thank you very much for share your beautiful jewellery

  15. Great tutorial!! I’m just getting into jewelry design and this helps a lo! Thank you,

  16. Barbara M Parsons says:

    Love the ring, hope I can master it…thanks for the tutorial.

  17. Jody Todd says:

    Ooh this is cool..love it! I would go a step farther and use some E6000 to glue a pretty gemstone Cabochon onto the spiral. I make my own bale’s this way..starting with a tight spiral to which I glue the cab onto. It holds better than most the ”glue on bales” and looks pretty too. So, I think it could work with your ring design. Thanks!!

  18. cattycay says:

    Reblogged this on gottagetagift and commented:
    I have always loved the look of wire rings and especially the simple ones. I believe I have the wire and tools to make this and am sharing this wherever I can so more crafters can see these instructions!

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