Bead Doctor Tutorial – Wire Wrapped Ring

Wire wrapping with beads is a popular technique and definitely a reader’s choice! So by popular demand, the Bead Doctor shows you how.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Wire Wrapped  Ring Step 1: Gather your materials

    Step 1: Gather materials

    Find a list of everything you will need below.

    Pause the steps at any time by mousing over the slideshow and clicking the pause button. Click the pause button again to continue.

    Use the left-right arrows or slide numbers to navigate.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Wire Wrapped Ring Step 2: Attach your beads

    Step 2: Attach beads

    Cut 1m of wire.

    Thread a ruby xilion, the light rose xilion and the final ruby xilion onto the wire.

    Move to the middle and bend each side of the wire at a right angle close to the beads.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Wire Wrapped Ring Step 3: Wrap your wire

    Step 3: Wrap wire

    If you have a ring mandrel, then use this to make the wire ring. I used the tube of a lip salve.

    Place the beaded part onto your former, wrap each side of the wire around the former so the wire sits on either side of the beads.

    Wrap each side of wire tightly around the bottom of the beads a couple of times.

    Finish with a wire tail on each side of the ring.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Wire Wrapped Ring Step 4: Finish off

    Step 4: Finish Off

    Wrap each tail of the wire tightly around the ring to create a neat coil continue until the wire meets in the middle of the ring.

    Trim the excess wire and squeeze in any sharp ends using a pair of pliers.

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Greetings from the Bead Doctor


I can’t resist a bit of sparkly Swarovski

I have had many requests for wire wrapping projects so I thought I’d start off with this cute little ring. I find sparkly Swarovski Crystals irresistible. They turn this simple design into a rather special, twinkly accessory. My wire wrapped ring is quick and easy to make. Once you have the basic technique sussed out you can apply it to all sorts of projects. If you fancy giving it a go, here’s my tutorial, complete with links to all the materials incase you’re missing any ingredients.

Top Tips

To make sure your ring is the right size, make the base of the ring slightly bigger than your finger, so that when you finish your wire wrapping it should fit perfectly.

Giving it away

If you’d like to try your hand, you could win all the materials needed to make this wire wrapped ring. Beads Unlimited are constantly increasing their ranges and we’d like you to tell us what your favourite addition has been so far this year. To refresh your memory you can visit the new arrivals page. Then tell us in the comments box below. You can add the Beads Unlimited page link if you like so that I know exactly which item you mean. Please post by midnight Sunday 18th March 2012. One lucky beader will win all materials needed to make this project. The winner will be contacted by email and asked for their postal address. Good luck everyone.


To add all the materials needed for this project, simply click the button below to add it to your basket. Or, if you are just short of one or two bits, click on the individual items.*

*You will also need - Craft multi pliers (CRMT) – Not Included

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  1. Rachael says:

    Cannot choose one item as the best addition to my mind is the antique copper range. Have not managed to order any yet as funds are limited but this is on my wish list – birthday coming up! Also, have to say that I love this tutorial – you put up a link to it on the last Bead Doctor tutorial and I have found it to be very easy and also very versatile. Many thanks

  2. Glad you’ve found it useful Rachael. More tutorials coming soon! Hope your birthday prezzies are full of copper findings!

  3. Sheila says:

    Copper findings! Started to use copper wire to wirewrap gemstones so the copper findings will be on my next shopping list.Make a good change from gold-plated for those of us who don’t wear silver-plated because of colouring (red-hair!). I add the tutorials to my jewellery design file and find they often support what I am either doing myself at home or at my jewellery class.

  4. jenny argyle says:

    Rhinestone Beads and copper toned findings! Hope they are coming with you to Harrogate bead fair……subtle HINT

  5. Gill Colling says:

    I have to agree the copper findings (but I rarely work in wood or acrylic)
    Love this ring, a wonderful, simple version of the more complex cluster rings I make, the tutorial ring is a great everyday ring (my clusters are quite OTT)

  6. paula says:

    what a great ring! i think it looks like fun to make :)

  7. DESPINA says:

    My fave was the acrylic florals, many ideas about those!!
    I also loved the rhinestone rounds so much!!

  8. Joanna says:

    The acrylic florals, in all shapes, are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Great price and wonderful vintage colors!!

  9. Holly says:

    Absolutely has to be the moustache charms which are just amazing! They are so funky and work so well with some thick cotton thong as a really long necklace. L O V E them (-:

  10. tina says:

    the bead doctor tutorials especially this one about wire wrapping, have wanted to try this for a while now and wasnt sure how to and now i can has you have this tutorial. thank you . also the bead doctor tutorials have been a godsend because if there is something you r stuck on or want to try the tutorials are on hand

  11. tina says:

    the copper range for the best addition i think :)

  12. Thanks for the wire wrap ring tutorial I have been looking for a good one for ages and this looks simple, easy and very stylish.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Siân :0)

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