I am totally in love with the new Preciosa Czech Crystal Rhinestone Chain we just launched! As we worked on our inspiration using the new rhinestone cup chain, I noticed we had several little sections of chain left over, so I thought they would make cute ring embellishments!
First, I gathered the tools and supplies I would need to make the rings.
To start, I cut approximately 6 inches of 18 gauge wire to make the ring base. I wrapped the wire around a ring mandrel at the size I wanted my rings to be. Then, I trimmed the wire ends, leaving about an inch where the wires overlap. I then took a plastic mallet and tapped the ring base to shape and work harden the wire.
I had the base ready, and now it was time to add a little sparkle!
I cut approximately 16 inches of 26 gauge wire and anchored it to the ring base by wrapping it around where the two base wires start to overlap.
Then, using the same length of wire, I wrapped a segment of cup chain 6 prongs long onto the ring base by wrapping the wire in between the crystals on the cup chain.
I continued wrapping until I reached the last space on on the cup chain. To complete the ring, I wrapped the wire around the thicker overlapped wires of the ring base, matching the beginning wraps at the other end of the ring, and trimmed off the excess wire. Then add a small drop of Hypo Tube Cement to the ends of the wire and let dry completely. This will help prevent the ends of the wires from snagging.
Once I started making these rings, I couldn’t stop myself – they were so fast and easy to whip up! You can have your fingers full of stacked, sparkling rings before you know it!
Happy Beading! – Cody