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Ring making for fun and profit. Start your jewelry design business today.

teacher avatar Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

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6 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1: Material + Supplies

    • 3. Lesson 2: Making the ring

    • 4. Lesson 3: Examples of other designs

    • 5. Lesson 4: FUN: Host a ring making party

    • 6. Lesson 5: Launch your jewelry design business

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Lesson 1: Materials + Supplies

Lesson 2: Instructions to create your ring

Lesson 3: Examples of awesome ring designs

Lesson 4: Making rings for fun: Host a party

Lesson 5: Making rings for profit: Launch your jewelry making career


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Aerie North

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1. Intro: wire wrapped rings are fun and easy to make. This ring took about three minutes to make and about 15 cents of silver wire. This is an all ages and all skill level craft class. You can make rings for fun as gifts close to ring, making party or to launch your jewelry making career. In this class, you'll learn how to make this wire wrapped ring and less than one. We'll talk about the materials on the supplies that you'll need to make this rain on the cost and where to buy the materials and supplies and lesson to. I have pictorial instructions on how to make this ring, plus a little video at the end demonstrating it and less than three. We're going to go over some beautiful examples of other wire wrapped rings by artists online for inspiration so you could take what you've learned here and expand on it and use your imagination to create your own designs. In less than four, we're gonna go over ring making for fun. I'm gonna give you some tips on hosting a ring making party. In less than five, we're gonna talk about ring making for business. Your class project is to create a wire wrapped ring and share it in the project gallery. Please join me in class. I'll meet you in less than one. 2. Lesson 1: Material + Supplies: Let's talk about the materials and the supplies that you'll need to create this ring. This ring requires 12 inches of 20 gauge silver plated wire jewelry, pliers and the Mandrell. If you don't have a Mandrell, then you can use a big, thick marker or even a giant knitting needle or crash. A needle wire comes in different gauges. Gauges are the measure of the wires thickness. The lower the number, the thicker the wire. ISS for your project will be using 20 gauge wire. When we go over some examples that will look at online, you'll see how people combined different gauges in one ring to create really interesting looks. I don't use a lot of 16 gauge in jewelry making its rather thick, but there are other projects that I will use 16 gauge wire in that Actually, I will be creating classes for so keep your eye out for that Jury wire can be purchased at craft stores like Joanne Michaels and independently owned craft shops. Regular prices for about a 20 foot package is about $5 but you can always check websites and store flyers for coupons. Online shops like Fire Mountain or Amazon sell jewelry wire, sometimes for about the same price is Joanna and Michael's. Sometimes the prices air a little elevated, and then they say, there's a discount, so just keep your eye out for that. But really, generally, that 20 gauge wire that will be using is about $5 a package. These are the players that were going to be using the jewelry making pliers, these air all utility type of players because they have three components that I really like when making rings the noses rounded at the top, and that will give you really smooth curls and loops whenever you need to design those. Then there's a flat area below the rounded nose, and that's really good for tightening and tarting up sharp ends. And then there's a little wire cutting component. You can get these separately, but when you first start out, it's great to just use this because they have three and one all craft shops will have jewelry pliers, and they range from a prices from about $5 to $20. A mid range $10 pair of pliers will last a really long time, and if you find that you get into this ah, lot, then you might want to invest in a couple of different types of pliers or a little bit more expensive. But for now, the mid range pliers will suit you perfectly, and Mandrell is used to size your ring. It's not necessary tohave a mandrell if you plan to just make one or two rings. But if your goal is to start a ring making business or become a jewelry designer, then you'll want to invest in one. A good heavy metal mandrell like this one is generally about $30. You can buy them at Michael's or online. I've seen plastic ones that Ali Express for about $6 but you have to wait about six weeks to get it, because it's literally on a slow boat from China. If you don't have a Mandrell, you can use a thick marker or a small pill bottle or a large round knitting needle or ah crow Shea Hook. That's just to form the roundness of the ring. Great. Now you have the materials and the supply list for what you'll need. Now let's start making some rings. I'll meet you and lesson to 3. Lesson 2: Making the ring: Okay, let's make a ring with the silver wire that you've purchased. Cut about 12 inches of wire. Lay the wire across the mandrell at the measuring part of your ring. So if you're a size seven, put it on the seven or 7.5 or an eating 1/4 just laid across the numbered line. A thick marker is about the same size of an average females ring finger, so you can use that if the markers too small on your fingers a little thicker. You can use masking tape to build up the roundness, the thickness of the marker until you get around your ring size and then start with one wrap completely around the mandrell so that it crosses over the back and looks like this. Continue wrapping both ends of the wire until they cross in front like this. Where you clearly have one wire is a top wire. One wire is the bottom wire and you have the wraparound in the center, and this is what it looks like in the back. Okay, here's where you start your first twist, so we're gonna cross the wires in front like this. The top wire on the left will cross over the bottom wire on the right, and then just pull the wire down the bottom wire on the right will cross under the top wire on the left and then pull it up. Continue wrapping the wire to form a rose looking shape. Now pay attention to the slack. In the tightness of the wire, you will start to get used to how you like your ring toe. Look, if you want it really tight, looked like a not. Then you can make it a little tighter. If you add a little bit more slack, you'll get more of an open rose. But then, at that point, when it's really slack, you might get a lot of bend in the wire that causes the rose effect. So you're just gonna alter net the wire to turn around until you get a really nice rose Look just like that. Now we're gonna finish it off. Make it nice and tidy by wrapping the wire around the ring's base close to the rose about three or four times. You can continually wrap it around if you want as many times as you want, but for your first ring. Just do it about three or four times and do both sides so that they have the same amount of wraps and then cut the excess wire with that cutting part of the ploy er's nice and close to the wire to the base of the ring and softly squeeze the cut ends of the wire to the base of the ring with that flat part of the pliers. Do you see how neat these players are? You use all parts of it, and congratulations. You made your first wire wrap ring. I'll meet you in less than three when we'll look at more wire wrap rings for inspiration. 4. Lesson 3: Examples of other designs: welcome to lessen three. I thought it would be fun to go through Pinterest and show you some examples of some rings that have inspired me over the years. Let's start off with this ring Now that you could see this ring just goes around the Mandrell. It's probably about 12 inches, just like the wire that we used in class and using the curly part of the rounded nose of the wire. The artist just made a couple of loops, squeezed everything together and brought it around to create this nice end over here. And it's an adjustable ring, so you won't have to go out and buy any new beads or anything like that. However, I did want to show you some beautiful rings when you add some beads. So here's a ring, and it uses very similar technique to what we did. And it's over. Here is well, you could see that has just wrapped around. But what the artist does at the very beginning is places a bead that's got the holes on both end place, a beat in the center of the wire and then puts it on the Mandrell and then starts the wrapping So instead of doing the rose wrapped like we did, this artist does the wrapping around the bead and then just curls it around the end to finish off. And now you have this beautiful beaded ring if you want to practice and you don't want to practice with. Some rather expensive silver wire weaves the $5 wire in our class, and that gives you at least 20 rings. So that's not too bad when he rings for $5. What I do, though, is I go to Home Depot and for $10 I convey by a boat 100 feet of copper wire. It's 20 gauge, so it's the same gauge is what I'm used Teoh, and it gives me 100 feet like I could make a lot of rings for 100 feet for $10. I find that that's just a really nice way of practising end to use copper wire in your jewelry as well. Let's take a look at a few other rings. This ring, I thought, was very interesting because what the artist did is started with a very small piece of wire and then, with a little jewelry mallet just pounded down the ends and threatened to be through what looks like about 24 gauge wire and then wrapped it around. I thought that was very clever. Here's another nice ring. This could be somewhat adjustable. Some ring here's using beads. I wanted to give you an idea of using different gauges of wire, and I thought that this particular ring does that because you've got the 20 gauge wire and then wrapped just making these little crazy eights through the 20 gauge wire to attach and make this simple ring. And then you can add a bead or not, because it looks very nice without Adidas. Well, here's another take on the ring that we did. This would be a rather looser rose, so it's less of a rose, more of a spiral. This is a great example here. Wanted to show it to you of how to attach a bead on a couple of seed beads on the end and then, just with the rounded nose, shape the ring and then you put it on the Mandrell and then start twisting. People are so creative. Another example of using a little bit of a mallet and two different gauge wire's together, this one I love. That's kind of my style. I really quite like that boho look. And I did add a few rings that I wanted to show you that you could give themes to. So there's Ah, heartbeat theme. Here's another wire wrapped ring that like we did, but this time the art is wrapped around a couple more times than we did in our lesson. Here's another example of adding a bead and then using a different gauge wire to go around the ring base, the artist did the same type of thing here. This is very intricate it This would be very labor intensive. This ring is very nice because you can make bases and then add any type of bead or gemstone that you'd like. I thought this one was rather interesting. It's very reminiscent of the type of engagement ring my mother had. This artist would have used some jewelry glue to keep the bead inside. This ring is lovely again. It looks like it's a couple of different types of wire used different types of gauge. No beads were used in that one. Looks great. I like to this particular ring because it shows you how to use the market as a Mandrell. If you're not gonna buy Emmanuel than this is perfectly fine. To use a marker, this one is lovely, very, very intricate. The artists made the owl using a couple of different gauge wire's and then attached it to a ring base that she made. This ring was probably one of the very first wire wrapped rings styles that I saw that really got me into wanting to try it. This ring again. Very, very labor intensive to make. But look how beautiful it ISS. Here's some ideas of different shapes that you can make on. This wasn't done with any glue. You could tell what's happened here is rounded nose pliers created this part and then up around and then around and then through the back, and there's probably like a little curl in the back to keep it secure. And this would be an adjustable ring as well. These are great rings. I live in the gemstone capital of Canada, so I just walked up my driveway and find gemstones like this and quartz and Rose quartz and so delighted and so it's lovely and I want to show you a couple of rings here. These are not tumbled gemstones. So these are gemstones in the raw and they make such lovely rings because not everybody makes rings like that. Here's another example of using the technique that we did but adding a beat at the very beginning, these look like stacking rings. I thought that they were very pretty, this one I want to show you cause it's got less of an organic look. But it still has a handmade artists and look and its adjustable. Here's example of a ring that has a bit of, ah, messy look, but it's still so beautiful. Same with this ring. This ring has very similar style to this, but it just has some pearl beads at it. Here's an example of just adding a specialty beat. This, I thought, was very clever. This artists use the top of a bottle as a mandrell on. That was very, very clever, and it looks like that this looks like 16 gauge wire, so we use 20 and 16 is thicker, and you could see that the difference. It's got a chunky look, but it's still really pretty. This I like a swell. Although I really like using gemstones and beads. I like just making rings of just wire. So here you can really get imaginative with just wire. This one's nice to this. One has a manufactured look, but it's not completely handmade. And this ring used on artists and bead, which was very, very clever are people just amazingly talented. 5. Lesson 4: FUN: Host a ring making party: hosting a jewelry making party is an excellent way to change of girls night out. Here are a few steps to making a jewelry making party Step one is to pick a time and date and email your invitations. Step two in your email, outline your plan. Maybe make it a potluck breakfast and a craft morning instead of a girl's night out. Step three. Divide your list into three groups. Group One. They'll bring your breakfast pastries from a bakery group to will bring some fresh fruit and cheese. Group three will bring a 15 minute craft your in Group three and your craft is gonna be your ring. I also wanted to go over a few existing jewelry making party companies. Stella and Dot is a very popular company that already exists, and they have jewelry making parties. So here's something that I wanted to bring up to you. What if you started your own business with your jewelry, making its the same amount of effort that you're going to be putting in to hosting a Stella and DOT party? Other companies such as Touchstone, they want you to join and then you have to pay Well, I'd rather use that type of money to buy my own jewelry supplies and then make jewelry on my own and then invite my friends over to teach them how to make jewelry. Maybe make it a whole group thing together, maybe host the fundraiser, and you can make and sell your jewelry, launch your business that way or even just do it for fun. Here's another company as well. This is a really sweet company. They make these really pretty lockets, and they also have parties. But you have to pay $189 to start just to get in, and then it goes up from there again. I would rather spend this type of money on supplies that I want to use to build my brand, whether it's just for fun or a fundraiser or if I want to start a business. And speaking of business 6. Lesson 5: Launch your jewelry design business: in my class pricing year. Handmade jewelry for profit. I go into great detail about how to price your jewelry. In this lesson, we will discuss what you need to know to start your jewelry making business in my class. Sell your art and art gallery and museum boutique shops. I told the story of how I started making and selling wire wrapped rinks. After visiting art galleries, I noticed that rings were underrepresented in gallery boutiques. I filled a need for the shops and launched the addition of rings to my jewelry line. Here are step by step actions to take to start your jewelry making business. Step one. Find a niche in the jewellery market that needs to be filled and that you enjoy creating my Nisha's rings. After making and selling a few dozen, I noticed that my best sellers were silver and amethyst rings, nesting rings and copper bands. My ring so much better in shops than they do online. People like to see rings in person and try them on. I call my rings artists and rings, since I make each one of them by hand without any machinery. Therefore, the pretty unique Step two find out the cost of your jewelry. I go into deep detail about this in my class, pricing your hand major for profit. But I wanted to go over a case study here, and this is the exact way that I price my simple wire wrapped rinks. So the formula that I use is labor cost. That's the money that I pay myself for actually making the rings the material cost. That's the wire and the beads and any other things that I use in the rings and making the rings overhead. And the overhead is all the utilities my cell phone that I use for work, the gas that I put in my car to go shopping for supplies, my laptops overhead and how I got it to this $2 here, in the example, is that I figured out how many rings that I can make in a month, how many rings that I could sell in that month. I have my monthly bills, and then I broke it down per ring, and it's roughly about $2 per ring in overhead. And then I had a profit margin, so putting my labor cost my material costs my overhead and profit. That's my wholesale price. So that's the price that I sell to shops. And then what they do is they market up by 2.2 and get the retail price. Here's the example. And this is the exact formula that I use and the exact numbers for my wire wrapped rings. My I am ethicists wire wrapped Ring on Lee takes me about five minutes to make. At the beginning, it didn't it probably took me a good 20 minutes, maybe even half on hour. But as I made dozens, actually, probably hundreds by now. It only takes me five minutes to make one of these rings. As a jewelry designer and maker, I charge myself $40 an hour and labor on. That's what a skilled person would get paid in saying 9 to 5 job. Well, I am a skilled person. I'm a designer and I make the jewelry. So I'm giving myself $40 an hour. Now this $40 an hour you would give us Well, if say you hired somebody to pay them to make the ring, then you would be giving them $40 an hour. So this is what you're going to be paying yourself five minutes equals $3.34 if $3.34 times 12 because there's 12 5 minute periods in an hour. This is how I came up with the $3.34. My material costs is very low. I use thesis ill ver plate it wire and then an AM A Fist B is about 10 cents. Now I buy them and packages, but I bringing this down to what a cost per ring would be. So my material costs us 40 cents for the wire, 10 cents for the Amadeus string. So each ring the material cost is only 50 cents overhead. But we just went over that about utility, cellphone, gas and laptop, and I broke that down purring. And there's more things, if that you might put it in. Put into your costs if you rent a studio or even your rent. If you work in your apartment or your house, you pay a mortgage or you pay rent and you're working. That's your workspace, so you would include that in your overhead. The profit margin I add 20%. Some people don't have anything. Some people at 10% 15% you have to work the soap for yourself. But I had 20% for business growth. And what I include as business growth is when I pay for courses for either business courses or skilled course in metal Smith or things like that to improve my skills or even to learn a new skill. So if I didn't have that 20% where would I get the money to go and learn new things? I also pay for marketing for some Facebook ads. Also, you know, to source new materials when I attend conferences when I'm testing new products. So there's all that growth that I need to fund, and how I do that is I add 20% to my cost. So to break it all down, my labor costs to make one AM a fist and silver ring is $3.34. My material costs this 50 cents. My overhead is $2 so that equals $5.84. I had 20% on top of that for profit. So for every dollar, 16 of my ring that goes back into my business. So there I get a wholesale price of $7 that I multiply that by 2.2 and get $15.40. My rings sell very well in all the boutiques in the shops and the art galleries for $15. That is such a great price point for myself. If I priced it any lower, people wouldn't see the value in it if I priced it any higher for the materials that I use . People Michael and I might not bought, you know, pay for that. That $15 for the materials that are used would be different. If it was diamonds and gold, then you can price it higher. But I'm using a nice. It's a good quality, but it's a nice silver wire, and enamel fists is a semi precious gemstone, and they're not that expensive now. Something that people sometimes do when they're pricing is they get a little scared on putting ah price on it. So they would look at this and they go well. My material cost is only 50 cents and all double that or even triple it. And then I'm making you know, a 50 cents or a dollar for every ring. Your ring is worth far more than that because you have put labour into creating the ring. You've put some design effort into the ring. You have used your utilities and your gas and your cell phone and you've gone shopping, and that all has to be included into your cost of business. So take a look at this case study and apply it to your method and your products. And Step three is to decide where you want to sell your jewelry. We're looking for retailers. Make sure that your jewelry fits their aesthetic. You wouldn't likely see boho jewelry and wedding jewelry and modern minimalist jewelry in the same shop. They're each three different genres, three different aesthetics. So look for that in the stores that you're going to. You're going to be spending a lot of time finding stores that will sell your jewelry, so you want to make sure that you're contacting the right store. Another thing that's really good is to make a detailed list of personality traits of your ideal customer and then figure out where does she shop and those of the stores that you want to email about your jewelry Niche price. An ideal customer. Putting your focus on these items niche, price and ideal customer is a great place to start in launching your jewelry making business. Thank you so much for taking this class. I hope you make loads of rings for fun or for business. Police. Stay in touch and join the community below. And I look forward to seeing your wire wrapped ring in the project gallery.