Transform a piece of copper wire into a Hammered Copper Wrap Ring. So cool and so artsy! We’ll show you how to flatten the ends using a jeweler’s steel bench block (it’s a little anvil) and a ball peen hammer. We’ll show you how to size the ring and wrap it on a mandrel. Then we’ll hammer it to give it shape and texture.
Here’s a video we made showing every step. We have written instructions below. If you have any questions, leave us a comment. We’ll reply. We are here to help!
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How To Make A Hammered Copper Wrap Ring
1. Cut a 6″ length of 16-gauge copper wire. We like copper wire for this project because it’s is inexpensive and very bendable. So don’t worry about diving in. You can make a lot of these for not much expense!
2. Hammer the ends of the wire flat. To do this, lay one end of the wire on the bench block. (We placed our steel bench block on a mouse pad to help keep it from sliding around.)
Use the flat side of the hammer to hammer the end of the wire into a flattened spatula shape.
Repeat for the other end of the wire.
Optional: Use file to smooth any sharp edges on the ends.
3. Measure your ring size. Then subtract three sizes. Wrap the copper wire around the ring mandrel at the smaller size. For example, we wanted to make a size 6 ring so we wrapped the wire around the mandrel at the size 3 mark.
4. Hammer the ring on the mandrel. Each strike will enlarge the ring a little. Turn and hammer the ring on all sides. Push the wraps together as you go. Use both sides of the hammer for different types of dimple marks. The ring will move down the mandrel as it gets stretched out from the hammering. Stop hammering when the ring is the right size.
What do you think? Will you be trying this one? Let us know!
Come Craft With Us,
Jennifer & Kitty
Want to see some more rings? Here are some of our faves: