Spiral Wire Wrap Rings | Monique Littlejohn | Skillshare
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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. 2 swirl intro

      1:15
    • 2. Ring size

      1:47
    • 3. Single scroll

      4:53
    • 4. 2 swirl ring

      4:50
    • 5. 4 spiral

      8:02
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Are you ready to save 90% or more on your jewelry by making it yourself? The designs that I will teach you in this course cost pennies to make and are now found on ETSY and in stores for at least 10x the cost of making it yourself.


In this course, I will teach you the fundamentals of wire wrapping so that you will learn how to make different variations of Spiral rings using simple tools. The course will cover:

Tools that you need and types of wire to use.


How to use round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters, a ring mandrel, chasing hammer and an anvil. Don't worry though. If you aren't quite ready to invest in the mandrel, chasing hammer and anvil, you can still make beautiful designs. Just swap out the mandrel with a tube of lipstick....really!


In each of these designs you will need a maximum of 10 inches of wire. Most only take 5 inches, and if you use copper wire (called rose gold in Australia), it will cost less than 50 cents to make a ring that you could turn around and sell for $10-$25! Not a bad return on your investment.


The rings will take between 2 and 10 minutes to make, depending on the complexity of your design. Since you are creating a spiral base, you could even use jeweler's glue to attach a cabochon or tumbled stone to your design, but I love the simplicity of the spiral.


Now, let's get started!

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Monique Littlejohn

Jewelry Teacher and Nonprofit Professional

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Monique Littlejohn is an American expat living her dream of sustainability in South Australia. Her classes currently focus on jewelry design, but in the future, she will add crafting with nature products, gardening, beekeeping, and winemaking - all with a sustainable focus in mind.

She left her very successful nonprofit corporate development and marketing career of 16 years to focus on teaching learning lost skills, so that she could bridge the gap between the "greatest generation" (WWII) and "millennials."

She is also an accomplished jewelry designer and craft teacher who has published 7 books on jewelry making.

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1. 2 swirl intro: Hello Today I'm going to show you how to make a to swirl wire wrapped ring. It's very simple, and learning this technique will help you when you make multiple squirrel. Why are wrap rings that will show you in another course? But this is the basis what I love about swirls as they remind me of growth. Because just as a Nautilus grows and starts out very small and the shell gets larger and larger As the years passed, so do we. So they have a lot of symbolic sand significance to them for me, and I hope they do for you, too. What's great about this ring is it doesn't cost very much to make here. I'm using copper wire and it probably amusing 25 cents worth of copper wire, and I could turn around and sell the same ring for $18 to $20 on Etsy or Ennis store. So it takes maybe two minutes to make, and I could get a lot of these out fairly quickly. So if you're in the market to sell jewelry as well as make it and where yourself, this is a good one to start with. Now let's get started 2. Ring size: Now, if you're a little older, you probably already know what your ring sizes. But let's say that this is the first time that you've decided to wear rings or you have grown since the last time that you measure of your ring size. No problem. All you need to do is get a pair of scissors in a pair of string and measure your ring finger. Just grab the string. I'm gonna measure my ring finger, so I just tie knot like so not too tight because I want to be able to get it off my finger . Just as you wouldn't want to get off the finger. Your main ring. Just tie a double knot and then pull it off. Well, that is your ring size. Now, if you have a lipstick container, you can just simply see if it fits. Seat that fit so I could use a lipstick container for this ring for that specific finger. If I wanted to use the dowel or the anvil, I could slip this on and see where the appropriate sizes and then use a Sharpie to market or a little piece of masking tape to market. But let's face it. The most professional thing to do would be to get your ring del and just slip it on. Whoa. My fingers have grown. It looks like I'm an 8.5. I'd better make sure that that is accurate. I don't want to make it too big, because there we go. Yet My finger is now in 8.5. So that shows you how to measure your ring size. 3. Single scroll: okay, in this lesson, I'm going to show you how to make a single swirl wire using some very basic tools. You can make this in front of the TV or at your kitchen table most of the time, and sometimes it's not a glass topped table. So the tools that you use our ruler wire an anvil Clippers, randomness pliers, chain those flyers, every Mandrell and a chasing here. So first, but we're going to do is we're going to use a ruler to measure five inches of wire because that's all it takes is just one single piece of five inch wire. Clip it off and then secure the end of your wire so it doesn't go all over the place, and you're going to make a single luke on one end and a swirl on the other. So let's use what I call the ugly end for this world. That's because it's been dividend since I used it to secure onto the spool. So you grab the very tip and you twist until you have a close loop. Then you grab. Eugene knows players and you start twisting. I'm using 18 gauge wire because it's a very stiff wire. The batter, The wire is the stiffer it's going to be and the harder it is going to be to work with. But it will also be more durable. And since I bet your fingers get a lot of wear and tear, it will be good to have nice, durable wire. So I normally start out with 2 to 3 swirl. So the beginning in the end, the beginning, in the end, a line. And then on this end, we're just going to make a single closed loop. So grab it and twist and this feels like it's going to be really big for my finger. Let's just go ahead and measure it out. See, See how big that IHS? So since it is so big and I don't necessarily want it to be so big, I could do one of two things. I could either make this part shorter by clipping it while I can make this world a little larger. Why don't we do a hybrid of both? Why don't I just go ahead and bring this over for one more spiral like so re measure? Oh, yeah, that works. If I wanted to make it for my pinky. I could just clip it and remake that loop. But see, here I have a nice, simple ring. I could leave it just the way it is now if I didn't have an anvil and a chasing hammer. But since we have the anvil and chasing him, or why don't we play along and flatten out the copper wire? So we have to do is open this up with one hand, holding the wire away from the hammer, tapping the You don't want to over tap, because if you over tap, you're going to weaken the wire to the point where it's nice break. So it has that nice flattened look. I think this needs to be flattened. Just it a bit more. Yeah. See up, then. That is now. Now, let's wrap it around. There we go. And now we have a nice single scroll wire wrapped ring 4. 2 swirl ring: obviously, to make a wiring, you need wire, and here I'm going to be using 18 gauge coated copper wire. It won't it won't turn my finger greens. So that's why I like using coded copper wire. And in Australia, they call that Rose Gold. Next. The necessary tools are your chain. Those fires that do not have any groups on the inside, a round nose pliers for making the scrolls and wire clippers. You can also just stop there and use your ring isn't at your ring finger as a Mandrell, but I like a few extra professional tools to help me really make a quality product. And that is a chasing hammer in an anvil, along with a ring mantle. With these few pieces of jewelry tools, you'll be able to make so many different styles of rains that truly have a professional quality look. And I think that's what you're going after, especially if you're planning on selling it on a very competitive market place such as etc . So now let's move on tax. The first thing that you're going to do is pull out some wire. I don't normally measure it, but if you want to measure it, we'll pull out your ruler and go for about five inches of wire. So to cut the wire, always hold both ends, or you're gonna have a piece flying across the room in just clip and then secure the end. Next, we're going to make the spiral. So grabbing your around fires grabbed one tip like so you just twist until you have a finished loop. Can you grab your flat nose pliers, grabbing it armed the long end and then well, they tightly you're going, Teoh, twist it around itself. And since this is 18 gauge wire, it's gonna take a bit of effort to twist this wire because it's pretty hard. And if you would even go lower to a 16 gauge wire, which I know a lot of people like to use is going to be even harder. So I normally start with two full loops on each end. It didn't work from there, so this one is an up loop. We want to make a down look over here. So once again, twist until it you have a loop. We're at the loop on the long end and twist until you make it all the way to the other end . So now you'll notice. I was saying one up, Lupin One down loop and I made two up loops. So all I need to do is just twisted so that they're on opposite sides. Next, using the mantle, I want to measure how much room I have to work with. So I went to one piece toe overlap ever so slightly on the wearer's finger. So it looks like this is pretty good, but I think I might want to move this one over just a tiny bit more. And I can actually use my fingers to do that, just holding, holding it like so and pulling it across. Now I'm gonna go ahead and flatten it out again because we're about to make a lot of noise because we are going to use a hammer and the animal so choose. But sidewalk tous just start hammering away. I like using the flat end with, but it's really your choice of what trying theme hammer you want to use. You don't want over hand because every time you hit the wire, if we consider it so just handed enough, Teoh, give it some texture in some. Even this. Only the last step is to simply close it up. And now you've got Walla. Your adjustable ring wasn't that simple and elegant. 5. 4 spiral: Now we're going to make a four Skrill wire wrapped ring, and for that we're going to need 18 gauge wire about 10 inches worth about four inches of 26 gauge wire. An anvil and ruler, a chasing hammer, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, a wire clipper. And I always like to use a re mandalas. Well, these are your basic tools that you'll be using year after year with your jewelry making projects, so you might as well go ahead and invest in. First thing you need to dio is measure out your wire. You were going to go for two pieces. A five inch, 18 gauge wire. See what I said about holding onto the other end in the last class about just flew across the room because I didn't take my own advice. Next, we're going to get the 26 gauge. Why would just white then really put that up as well at about four inches and this thin where it is really squirrely and it likes to run away, So make sure you took under the end or you'll end up with a completely unspooled wire, and that is a pain to fix Okay, The first thing you're going to want to dio is make the shank. So to make the shank, you grab your choice X cage wire and you make a little dip It a little u shaped dip it like so, and that will help you wrap it. And you hold on to the short end, and then with the long end, you just start twisting, keeping the round wires fairly straight, like so you could do both sides if you want Teoh or you could just clip off the tail either way. So if you do that, you just go ahead and move it to the center. And you can use your anvil in chasing humor to flatten it. Or if you don't have an amber anvil and chasing hammer, you can just use your black nose wires. No, that just closes it off, and I like to hit both sides of it. Just had cleared at a little bit and then use your fingers to push them together. There's the wires together. Next, spread out your wires a bit like so you're never going to start making our swirls so open swirls. You just need to tools. You'll need your around those fires and Eugene those players. So as we did in the last couple, of course, you make a loop, and then you grab the long end with your fingers. You just start live being it around until you make a full two circles. So you're ends a joint each other. - So here we have to two loops. And now let's move on to the next two loops. Uh, you live this one. It feels like I might have overlapped it a bit and see, I did. So I want to straighten it out just a little bit because we don't want any overlaps. So here we've got our two lips, right? Right now it's a bit flimsy because it hasn't been hammered. But I think what I want to do is I'm gonna make it just will make these a little tighter so it doesn't take up the wares entire finger up to the joint. So I'm just twisting this a bit more. No, we slide it back on. This is what you end up with. It's nice just the way it is. But suppose you want to hammer it and make it look a little bit more elegant. No problem. Just make sure that your wires are not overlapping animal in start hammering away. - And there you go. Now we have a beautifully elegant four swirl ring, and the wearer can adjust it anyway. They want to tighten it up. I have short fingers. So this is this takes up a lot of my finger space, but for people with long, elegant fingers, this is just gorgeous.