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Saturday, October 24, 2009

My First Attempt At Making Rings

This morning I found myself watching videos on Youtube. Several ladies were demonstrating how 'easy' it it to make a wire ring. I decided it was about time for me to know how to make a ring so I gathered my wire, some beads, mandrel and tools and sat down to make a ring. It took me several trys to get a ring that was half way presentable and it certainly isn't anything to write home about. This just goes to show that even with years of experience anyone can get stumped with a new project.

Originally, I thought that a wire ring project was going to be a class that I would teach, because I thought it would be easy. Perhaps it will get easier after I make a few, but I'm not sure I want to teach a ring class. First there is the sizing issue. When a ring starts out a size on the mandrel, the finished size is smaller. So I thought, well all I had to do is start 1/2 size larger than my final product, but nooooooooooo that is not always true. The final size will depend on how may times there are wraps on each side of the stone/bead; if there is more than one bead and if I decided to wire wrap the complete ring circle. So, once I have mastered making rings I think I will make them for selling only. It won't be a big deal if the ring changes size because I'll sell it as the final size whatever that turns out to be.

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