If liking it means you should put a ring on it…

… I must really like my right hand. Heh.

jewelry

I have been playing with wire and hot glue quite a bit lately, and thought the results were worth sharing.

I found a ring base design on one of many, many fashion blogs, and will link to it  when I find it. It used a flat wire spiral and a loop of doubled-over wire. I will link to it when I find it. I would suggest using a marker or other round object the width of your finger for sizing.

For the bell ring:

  • Get a bell ball. There should be plenty around at the end of December in craft shops. If necessary, rip one off a cheap drugstore toy your dog ripped apart.
  • Before finishing the ring base, string the loop at the top of the bell onto the wire. Adjust the bell to the front of the ring.
  • Close it up, and add a bead of hot glue to the bell loop where it meets the ring base.

For the spike ring:

  • Make a loop at the end of some unbent wire. After bending the wire into a ring the right size for your finger,  bend the loop outward. Wrap the remaining wire around the loop in a flat spiral.
  • Get a two-pronged hollow cone stud ready.
  • Cover the spiral part of the ring base in hot glue, and quickly stick it into the cone. Add more hot glue if necessary, and bend the prongs around the ring base.

For the dolphin ring:

  • Get a charm from a store, or harvest one off a broken necklace. Remove any loops or jump rings.
  • Using very thin wire, connect the ring to the base.  Try to show as little wire on the outside as possible.
  • Shock of shocks, the next step is to add hot glue.

For all rings, metallic paint is useful if your metals don’t match. It can also disguise visible glue. Let dry (I mean it) and spray with clear coat. I would avoid putting on your rings before the glue is cooled, regardless of how excited you are about them.

Enjoy!

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