#DIY Wire-Wrapped Bead Ring

October 7, 2014

Hello, friends!  I have a quick, easy and fun DIY to share with you today.  I have been on such a DIY/refashion kick lately, and I am loving it!  If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’ve been working on a mysterious new refashion, which I’m sure I’ll be sharing with you soon.  In the meantime, here is a simple project for creating your own unique accessory.


You will need:

  • a bead of any size, shape & color of your choosing
  • 18 gauge jewelry wire (though you can use thinner if that’s what you have, just use more length for more wrapping)
  • pliers or jewelry pliers if you have them
  • **a ring sizing mandrel is helpful but certainly not necessary

Step one is to slide the bead onto the wire, leaving approximately 4 – 5 inches of room on either side (though it’s safer to err on the generous side as you can always wrap the wire around more times).  Cut the length of wire you require using the wire cutting section of the pliers.


Then take either end of the wire and wrap both pieces all the way around the mandrel according to the size you want; or, wrap it around your finger of choice.  As you can probably guess, it will be more difficult without a mandrel because you’ll be forced to attempt wrapping the wire with one hand.  The good news is, you can get crafty and find any cylindrical object close to your finger width, or, if not, you only need to wrap the wire around once to get the size and then you can pull it off again!


To finish your ring, wrap the loose ends of the wire around the base of the bead and then a couple times around the two circles that make up the ring itself and use the pliers to tuck the ends inside (so you don’t poke yourself with the “raw” ends of the wire).  And that’s it!


It really is a simple DIY, and it’s easy to get creative and wrap the wire as much or as little as you want, or in unique designs or patterns.  Plus, there are limitless designs you can create by choosing different colored wire, all different kinds of beads, even using multiple beads!

I chose an earthy green bead and copper colored wire for a more fall look.  What kind of ring would you create??

As always, thanks for reading!  Love & DIY, Kristi :)

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  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Wow! This turned out so beautiful! I love your tutorials and amazing refashions. I envy your talent! ;-)

    October 7, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Erika!! You are so sweet, this project really is super easy, I’m sure you could do it! ;)

      October 7, 2014 at 11:05 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    Super cool!! I need to try this!

    October 7, 2014 at 10:40 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks! You should totally do it!! ;)

      October 7, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    So pretty! This looks like something I could handle :) I’ll have to try it!

    October 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, and you so totally can! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! ;)

      October 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • sistasfromcali

    Amazing. A must try!

    October 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! Ooh I would love to see what you girls come up with, I know it would be super chic!! :)

      October 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • ASofterApproach

    Very cool project

    October 8, 2014 at 5:45 am Reply
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