Project 105 is an adjustable gold
ring-----wear it on any finger or on a toe. These rings can be made in just a
few minutes and because they are adjustable, they can be sold on the spot. It is
best made with gold filled 21 gauge square half hard wire.
PRICING YOUR FINISHED PROJECT
Cost of material-----(prices are approximate)
Suggested retail price
- Cut four pieces of 21 gauge gold filled square half hard
wire--each 3-1/2 inches long. These will be the wires of your ring.
- Cut two pieces of 21 gauge gold filled square half hard wire
--- each 2 inches long. These will be your wrap wires.
- Lay the four 3-1/2 inch long shank wires together.
- TIP: Wrap the center of the bundle with masking tape
to help hold your wires together.
- Using your flat nose pliers, make a small hook about 3/4
inch long on the end of one wrap wire.
- Measure 3/4 of an inch from one end of the bundle, place the
hook around the bundle, and start making two complete wraps around the bundle. Cut
the excess wires off on the backside of the ring shank. See DIAGRAM #1.
- Next measure 3/4 of an inch from the other end of the bundle
and make two complete wraps using the second wrap wire. Cut off the excess wires on
the backside of the ring shank.
- This is what your bundle should look like. See DIAGRAM
- Using a smooth kitchen knife, start on one end of the bundle
and bend the end wires one by one in an outward direction. See DIAGRAM #3.
- Using your knife, bend the wires one by one outward in the
opposite direction on the other end of the bundle.
- The bundle with bent wires should look like this. See
- Start with one end of the bundle and work from the left to
the right. Do not cut the wire on the far left at all. Cut off 1/8 inch from
the wire next to the far left wire. Then cut 1/4 inch off of the next wire and cut
3/8 inch off of the last wire.
- With your chain nose pliers, catch the tip of the shortest
wire and start to curl the wire outwards around itself. This is the beginning of a
rosette. Always start with the shortest wire. See DIAGRAM #5
- Press the curl flat with your flat nose pliers and start to turn the
wire into a coil. See DIAGRAM #6.
- Continue to roll the wire into a complete coil--a small
rosette and flatten the rosette with your flat nose pliers.
- Working from the shortest to the longest wire, begin a small
curl with the next wire, flatten the curl and continue to make a rosette in the next
wire. Bring the rosette right up to the first rosette and flatten it.
- Make a rosette on the next wire bringing the rosette right
up to the last rosette. And make a rosette on the last wire.
- This is what the rosettes should look like. See
- Using your pin vise, twist each of the wires at the opposite
end of the bundle. See DIAGRAM #8.
- Now clip the wires on the other end of the bundle, cutting
them opposite of the other end----the shortest wire on other end will be the longest wire
on this end. Do NOT cut the long wire. Cut 1/8 inch off the next wire.
Cut 1/4 inch off the next wire and cut 3/8 inch off the last wire.
- This is what your bundle should look like. See DIAGRAM 9.
- With your flat nose pliers, make a rosette facing outwards
on the shortest wire. Flatten the rosette and continue to make a rosette on each
wire working from the shortest wire to the longest wire. Your finished rosettes
should look like this. See DIAGRAM 10.
- Put your bundle on the ring mandrel at about 5-1/2 and bend
it completely around your ring mandrel.
See DIAGRAM 11.
- Flatten and gently shape your ring by putting it on the ring
mandrel and tapping it with a rawhide hammer.
- TIP: By starting with a smaller size, you will be able
to easily open the ring up to a larger size ring by pushing the ring to a larger size on
the mandrel. If you start with a larger size ring, you will not be able to make the
- The finished adjustable filigree gold ring.
- NOTE: This project produces a ring that will fit sizes
6-1/2 to 11-1/2. To make a smaller ring, use 3 inch long wires for the bundle.
- NOTE: To make a toe ring, use only 3 wires instead of