Make your own Cocktail Ring
Follow our fun 6-step project to making your own cocktail ring...
You Will Need:
1. Large pen or wooden mandrel
2. Silver wire (0.8mm)
3. Silver wire (0.4mm)
4. Selection of beads, pearls or
5. Chain nosed pliers
Wrap your 0.8mm silver wire around the base of a thick pen (or any other tube shaped object e.g. prit stick glue) and wrap it 2 or three times round.
In the picture below we are using a wooden mandrel used by jewellers for making rings.
Place the wire over your finger and adjust the size until it fits – the fitting should be fairly loose, as the ring size will get smaller later on.
Once you have the correct size, take one end of the wire and wrap it over the side of the ring 3 times. Then repeat this with the other end of the wire roughly one third of the way further round the ring from the original wrapping. (Please see in the picture opposite).
Take your 0.4mm wire and wrap it over the side of the ring base 4-5 times where one of your wire wrappings are. This should secure the new wire on to the base.
Now you are ready to start adding your beads, start with 2 beads – thread them on to the wire. Then wrap the wire back around the base 2 times before adding two more beads on.
Make sure at this stage that any beads you add on are only staying on the outside of the ring – not on the inside where your finger will be. To do this just hold the beads in place whilst you wrap the wire and they will stay there.
Keep going back and forth across you ring base adding as many beads and stones as you like until you are happy with your design.
To finish off, take your 0.4mm wire to one side of your beads and wrap 3-4 times to secure the end.
Cut off any excess wire with your side cutters.
Finally, squash the sharp end in with your chain nosed pliers again.
Then you have your finished ring that you can wear with pride. Now all you need is a cocktail dress and a party to go to. Sorry we can’t help you with that!
Happy Jewellery Making x
Please Note: Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and over & for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to the workshop. If you have any access requirements, please contact us before booking a course. And due to our small class sizes we are unable to offer transfers or refunds on our courses once booked. Please make sure you can make the date before booking. Thanks LJS x