- 1 ft 16 gauge wire
- 1 ft 20 gauge wire. More may be needed if you want to wrap it a lot or if your stone is bigger
- Small cabochon
- heavy duty wire cutters
- wire working pliers
- ring mandrel or something round of approximate size to your finger with a little bit of extra room
Note that I like to use sterling silver (dead soft). Copper will be more bendable and you may end up with nicks on the wire from your pliers. The choice is really up to you.
Sizing up your finger
If you already know the size ring you want, good for you. If not, you need to figure out what size ring you want to make. There are various resources on the web to find your ring size like this one at wikipedia. If you don't own a ring mandrel, you would probably want to figure out either the diameter of your finger to fit (so you can buy and approximate sized dowel at the hardware store) or the circumference of your finger (so you can find a similar object around the house).
Creating the ring
If you are using a ring mandrel, you want to wrap the wire just at the notch just slightly larger than your desired ring size. If you are using a dowel or tubular object, you want to make sure the circumference is slightly larger than your finger. Using the 16 gauge wire, leave about 1.5 inches at the end and wrap it once
Take the end of the wire and you want to bend it around the two wire rings:
Then, cut the wire from the spool, also leaving 1.5 inches. Wrap that end also around the 2 wire rings:
Make loops with the two ends, or some other free form shape.
Trim the wires down to your desired length. You can stop here if you want. It's a very nice ring.
Wire wrapping the cabochon
Full disclosure: I have never taken a class or been instructed on wrapping stones with wire. I experimented with copper 26 gauge wire to see how it would work. Please feel free to experiment with the wire and the stone.
I used the 20 gauge wire to wrap the cabochon, leaving a 2 inch tail at one end to be used for securing to the ring. Then I proceeded to wrap the wire around to stone so that the stone is "trapped" in a cage.
I secured the 2 ends of the 20 gauge wire to the ring by wrapping each end 3 times around the ring. I then trimmed off the excess.
The stone was still wobbly on the ring so I took a small piece of the 20 gauge (you can use scraps at least 1 inch long) and threaded that through the wires under the cabochon and wrapped it around the ring to secure:
Finally, the finished ring: