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!
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:
- 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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
Voila! Your very own, super trendy, DIY natural stone ring!
What type of stone will you use for your newest trendy piece of jewelry??
Thanks for reading! :)