Thursday , 27 November 2014
You can make this lovely ring (or a version of this design) yourself, using just some basic tools, wire and a lip balm! Yes, in this tutorial I am going to demonstrate that just basic beginner tools and a wire from Michael’s can go a long way! Wouldn’t this ring make a great present??

Lovely Wire Knot Ring Tutorial

wire ring how to


You can make this lovely ring (or a version of this design) yourself, using just some basic tools, wire and a lip balm! Yes, in this tutorial I am going to demonstrate that just basic beginner tools and a wire from Michael’s can go a long way! Wouldn’t this ring make a great present??

For the purpose of this tutorial I am going to be using the very basic, cheap tools that are available almost everywhere. Instead of a ring mandrel you can just use a tube of a lip balm, like I did. I chose to make my ring from a simple gold-plated wire (20 gauge) but you could also use 18-gauge wire, twisted wire (wouldn’t that be nice?), sterling silver, colored wire or if you want your ring to last, If you are making a present, I would recommend using 14K gold filled wire. You can see everything that you’ll need on the picture below. However, I would also recommend a filer (you can even use a nail file for acrylic nails, or the old fashioned metal one that is attached to nail clippers)…

PLEASE excuse the state of my nails in these pictures..

wire ring tutorial

First thing to do is to cut a piece of wire.

How to make a wire ring

Next, wrap your wire around the tube of your lip balm. Wrap it on tight and slip it off.

How to make a wire ring

Cut of the extra bits, if any. I cut of the parts that were sticking out, about 8mm from each side. You can even leave it as it is and not cut anything. I didn’t want the ends that were going to form the ‘knot’ to be too long, but sometimes that can be an advantage. You can see the ideal length of the wire on the photos below. (You can also see my nails.. my apologies.. can you tell that wire working is not nail polish friendly?)
Wire Knot Ring how to

Now bend the wire coming from your left to aim away from the ring and then bend again to aim it slightly upwards, as shown on pictures below.

Wire Knot Ring how to
With your round nose pliers form a little ‘almost loop’, wire crossing above itself on the top side of the ring but not actually touching.

Wire Knot Ring how to

Now you are going to put the other size of the ring (the wire from the other side) through the loop that you almost created. Ideally, you have left a little space between the ring the wire crossing itself (hence forming the loop) and so you can slip the other wire in very easily. If you can’t do it that way, just get it in any way you can and then ‘reform’ the ring shape again using the lip balm tube.

Wire Knot Ring how to

Now you can ‘close up’ the first loop a bit (bring the wire closer to the ring) and do the same with the send wire end, forming another loop, as indicated in the picture below.

Wire Knot Ring how to
Almost done! The hardest part is done. Just make sure, before you close up the knot, that the ring is the desired size. You can still make it slightly larger or smaller at this point. Once you close your knot, the ring is basically done. 
Wire Knot Ring how to
Tuck in any wire that’s out of place & tighten the knot

Use your chain nose and bent chain nose pliers to close up the knot, shape it the way you want it, and adjust the wire ends to a place where they are not visible and where they don’t irritate the skin. Once you adjust the ends, you can use a nail file to file off any sharp edges and blemishes.

Wire Knot Ring how to
And it’s done

You may have some tool marks on your ring, like I do, this could be because of the wire you’re using or you may need to use some tool accessories (like silicone slips on your pliers) to prevent leaving marks. You can also polish the marks away on some wires. For me, this is ok. It’s a handmade ring and I like that it looks handmade. No fuss necessary for my little fingers…

To buy this sterling silver ring from Elephantine’s shop, click on the picture.

If you find that your fingers do require some fuss, but you don’t have the tools, time or patience, a talented jewelry artist sells rings of this design in her shop Elephantine on Etsy. Her rings, however, are made of quality sterling silver and look very professional.

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50 comments

  1. Very cute. And easy-to-follow instructions, too.

  2. Wonderful, I think I could manage this. Off to make a ring!

  3. I like it – can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have a little love knot ring that my mother gave me, long ago, that is very similar to this. It’s gold & welded, but the end result is not much different. Maybe I’ll turn it into a set of stacking rings. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. This is amazing! And it’s something that I can actually do!
    Thanks so much for posting this!

  6. Hi everyone, thank so much for reading! I’m really glad to hear your positive comments! :-) Kat from 21W

  7. I featured your tutorial today! Just found it on craftgawker and loved it http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/2011/05/bling-bling-diy-ring.html
    I played with it a bit, so it isnt the exact same- but I loved your tutorial! Thanks!
    Kitty

  8. I loved the tutorial but after making the second loop I got kinda lost. Any advice?

  9. Hi Sabrina, sorry I only just found your comment. The second loops tucks in under the first loop. I hope this helps. Kat

  10. Each one I make sort of comes out different but I’ll get the hang of it. Makes a nice stackable ring.

  11. I saw this a few months ago and wanted to make it but I didn’t have the materials or anyone to give the ring to. I found someone who would accept a ring and got the materials last night. I didn’t bother to look at the instructions again because I had the basic idea, but I had too much trouble getting the wire to wrap around the chapstick. I ended up using extra wire and wrapping two pieces around each other. It looks great. :D

  12. This would be perfect for my granddaughters! Thank you!

  13. Very pretty! You make it sound so simple, but I just see hair pulling and muttering things under my breath as I mess around with pliers :)

  14. What an adorable ring! And you did a marvelous job of that tutorial…it’s better than those in many jewelry-making books I’ve seen. Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Lovely! I’m not normally one for tutorials, but this is so nice, simple, and fun. I think I’ll have to try it myself!

  16. I am going to try this ;) It looks easy enough even though the knotting part might be more difficult. Buy more wire to make up for the first few imperfect ones. Thanks for this!

  17. What a simple sweet ring think I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Very pretty! Only, I cant figure out how to make it wrap around! Maybe make your directions a little simpler for us begginers! But over all, very simple and elegant! Love it! :)

  19. I just can’t seem to get the second part to loop correctly. I’ve got a few attempts where I’ve been able to get a little cluster of wire, but none are as symmetrical as yours. Would you consider posting a close-up video on youtube or here?

  20. For some unknown reason, I am not seeing the pics. Would love to try this but is there anywhere else that may have the pics so I can try this. Thanks

  21. i cannot wait to try this, the only bad thing is that i cannot see any of the pictures except the last one :-( it would be a bit helpful to see and compare progress….

  22. I can’t see any of the pictures except for the last one, either. I’ve tried firefox and safari and no pictures.

  23. Pictures are back! Sorry about the technical difficulties!

  24. This is a lovely idea. Thank you I think an going to make one for my wife…

  25. Wow! This is so elegant and simple, thanks for the tips.

  26. Okay, my ring doesn’t look much like the one pictured, but it’s still pretty darn cool. I think I’ll make a bunch more…what a fun tutorial! Thanks a bunch!

  27. The ring is pretty, but I seriously have no idea what’s going on this tutorial. More, better pictures would be helpful.

  28. A friend and I decided we were going to have a jewelry-making day and I brought the instructions to make this ring, along with all my supplies. I was so sure we could do it because I’ve made a few things before. It was the most fun we’ve ever had, but our rings certainly didn’t look like yours! They were hilarious! I’ll probably be ordering one from Elephantine.

  29. simple but beauituful tnx

  30. Great tutorial-techniques were so easily understood and the ring is so nice. Thank you for your instructional tutorials

  31. I really like the ring. Would you be able to post a new tutorial with bigger and step by step pictures or possibly a video. I have tried multiple times but the pictures are not easy enough to understand when the partial hoops begin. My rings look nothing like yours :(. Please follow up! Thank you!

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