Make a gorgeous Pearl Wrap Ring from two pieces of wire and a freshwater pearl. You’ll be surprised at how easy this artsy ring is to make! We have step by step photos with instructions below, plus a complete video tutorial. Check it out!
Here’s the video tutorial we made showing how to turn two wires and a pearl into this gorgeous Pearl Wrap Ring. You can follow along and see how we made the ring then use the instructions below to make your own!
How To Make A Pearl Wrap Ring
14-gauge wire, silver-plated (about 6″)
26-gauge wire, silver-plated (about 4″)
Freshwater pearl, coin shaped, 12mm diameter
Jeweler’s bench block
Fat Sharpie or mandrel
Mouse pad (optional)
1. To get started you’ll want to cut a piece of the thicker wire (14-gauge wire) so it is long enough to wrap around your finger two times. You can take a string and wrap it around your finger twice. Cut it then measure it to get the right length. We used a 5.25″ piece of 14-gauge wire.
2. Next, hammer the ends of the wire flat. We like to place the jeweler’s bench block (anvil) on an upside-down mouse pad to keep it from sliding around. Set one end on the block and strike it with the hammer ten times to create a flattened paddle shape at the end of the wire. Repeat on the other end.
3. If you don’t have a ring mandrel, find something like a fat Sharpie that is the same thickness as your finger to use as a mandrel. We just try one of our rings on household objects until we find something that’s the right size.
4. Hold the center of the wire against the Sharpie or mandrel and bend the wire around the mandrel with your thumbs. The paddle-shaped ends won’t bend easily. So leave those for now.
5. Because hammering hardens the wire, the paddle-shaped ends will be hard to shape around the mandrel with your thumbs. Instead, use your chain-nose pliers to bend the ends around.
6. Pull the spiral loops apart a little if you need to so they are as wide as the pearl.
7. Take a 4-inch piece of the thinner 26-gauge wire and slide it through the pearl. Center the pearl on the wire.
8. Set the pearl on the top of the ring and hold it in place with your thumb.
9. Grasp the end of the wire and wrap it around the paddle end of the wrap ring five times.
10. Trim the wire using the wire cutters. It is best to trim it on top so you won’t have a pokey end near your fingers. You can press the end down with the chain-nose pliers.
11. Pull the other end of the wire tight and wrap around the other paddle of the wrap ring five times.
12. Trim the thin wire with the wire cutters.
We love how this ring tuned out! We’ve made it with different stones too besides the freshwater pearl. Let us know if you make one!
Jennifer & Kitty
It’d be great to share this!