DIY Natural Stone Ring

October 9, 2015

Two DIY’s in one week?!  You betcha!

I have been on a bit of a DIY overload lately.  Unable to find exactly what I’m looking for online or in stores (at a reasonable price), I have taken to simply making things myself (like my glitter heels).  The ring I am going to show you how to make, for example, is a super quick and easy DIY that took me hardly any time at all!

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi

Another accessory to wear with my Cinderella-inspired outfit, this natural blue quartz ring was inspired by all of the tremendously popular gemstone jewelry, including anything from druzy to polished stones, amethyst to aquamarine.

Let’s get started!  Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi
  • stone in your choice of cut and color
  • thick wire in color of your choice (16 or 18 gauge)
  • thin wire for attaching the stone (around 26 gauge)
  • any type of pliers for bending wire in place
  • metal file (**optional – for filing ends of cut wire)
  • ring mandrel (**optional – for sizing and forming the ring)

There are all different ways to wrap wire and create your own wire wrapped jewelry; but, I kept this ring intentionally simple to let the blue quartz steal the show, and to make it an easy introduction for those of you who are new to jewelry making.

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi

To start off, you’ll need to know how big to make the ring.   If you don’t have a ring mandrel, no worries, you can simply take a ring you already own that fits well and use that as your guide.  It does help to have something to bend the wire around, however, so take a ring that fits and try to find something that is the same circumference (like a wooden spoon handle or dowel).

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi

Once you’ve got your size, wrap the thick wire twice, overlapping just slightly to form your the band of the ring.  See the photo above for reference.

Next, prep the stone by inserting the thin wire through the hole in the stone.  If your stone does not have a hole running through it, then skip this step as you’ll simply be wrapping the wire around the outside of the stone.

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi

Unfortunately, I was too busy wrapping the wire around the ring to really find a way to photograph that process, but it’s really simple.  Take the stone and line it up on your ring where you want it placed.  Then, wrap the thin wire around the ring several times in whatever pattern you like, just making sure it is nice and tight!

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi

Really, it’s that easy!  There is no set way to wrap the wire, just go for whatever design you like and make sure the stone is secure.  The thin wire is much easier to work with than the thick wire, which is why I recommend it for this project.  You can see in the picture below the wire is wrapped several times around the ring band and even once around itself to keep it from sliding or moving around.

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi

Voila!  Your very own, super trendy, DIY natural stone ring!

DIY Natural Stone Ring -- Wire wrapped ring tutorial featuring natural blue quartz stone | Delightfully Kristi

What type of stone will you use for your newest trendy piece of jewelry??

Thanks for reading!  :)

Delightfully, Kristi (signature)

 

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4 Comments

  • suntreeriver

    how pretty this is—love the illustrated instructions, too! I’d probably make my first and subsequent rings with stones I’d picked up at places like Ramsey Canyon Preserve or at the beach, and wouldn’t necessarily know the type of mineral.

    October 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Ooh that would be so fun and special because you’d have a memory of the place you found them!! I wasn’t sure of the blue quartz, either, I had to look it up haha! But I found my amethyst in Scotland and it makes me think of the beautiful Scottish landscape and the purple heather on the moors :)

      October 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    What an awesome DIY! I really need to take a page out of your book and start making the things i can’t find in stores. FINALLY refashioned something the other day and it felt great! Thanks for the inspiration!

    October 11, 2015 at 9:27 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Aww you’re so sweet! I’m so glad you like the ring! And, just between you and me, I’m really just too cheap to pay the prices they ask in stores haha! ;)
      But really, I’m happy if I’ve inspired one person with my little blog, so thank you!! Ooh and I hope we’ll be seeing that refashion on your blog soon! :)

      October 11, 2015 at 9:49 pm Reply

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