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How to create a simple wirework ring with gemstones

Whether you're a jewellery maker expert or beginner you can learn how to make a stunning wirework ring with gemstones. Just follow the steps below with experienced guest designer Alison Tarry and create the perfect gift. There's a video tutorial too which you can follow, don't forget to give it a like and follow us on YouTube! Find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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STEP ONE

STEP ONE

Cut 2 lengths of 0.8mm wire at approximately 6 inches.

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STEP TWO

Unwind the 0.4mm wire and begin to wrap this around the two lengths of the 0.8mm wire. You want to start this slightly off centre which is about 5-6 inches in from the end of the two wires. Continue to wrap the 0.4mm wire around the two lengths of the 0.8mm wire.

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STEP THREE

STEP THREE

Regularly push the coils together to ensure they are as tight and close as possible. Continue wrapping and moving the coils together while maintaining the tension until you have enough to go ¾ around the mandrel.

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STEP FOUR

STEP FOUR

Take the ring mandrel and place this so that it‘s smaller than the ring that you want to create. Remember, you want the wrap to go around the ring about ¾ of the finished size.

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STEP FIVE

STEP FIVE

Use the cutters to cut the spare wire off then put this back on your Mandrel and twist the wire back so it crosses over and creates a sort of eye shape in the middle for the gemstones to sit.

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STEP SIX

STEP SIX

Slide on the Gemstones onto the 0.4mm of wire place the the small gem then the larger gem then finally the small gem again and let them sit in the eye section of the wire.

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STEP SEVEN

STEP SEVEN

Check the gemstone placement while the ring is on the rondelle just to see how and where they are sitting then bend the wires underneath. Once the gemstones are placed onto the ring you may snip one of the exposed the 0.4mm wire. The remaining 0.4mm wire can be wrapped tight against the gemstones to hold them in place by wrapping the wire around the top section of the ring shank a 2-3 times to hold it all in place neatly. Pull tightly on each wrap to ensure everything is secure.

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STEP EIGHT

STEP EIGHT

Bend the 0.8mm wires up and over the top of the ring to make an eye shape. When bending the wires back down again to continue wrapping instead of going all the way around the band pull the two 0.8mm wires through the middle. Pull these wires through and ensure they are tight whilst checking that the wires do not cross over.

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STEP NINE

STEP NINE

Once you are happy with the positioning of the 0.8mm wires, trim off the wires underneath and make everything look neat by using your pliers to bend in any loose edges and mould the ring into place. If the shank is slightly out of shape just pop the ring back on the mandrel and position it onto the right size and make it circular again.

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