This design is inspired by the birthstone of April - diamond!
Using our diamond rough nugget beads we have come up with a contemporary take on the traditional diamond ring that is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's faces - with the materials for this project costing just over £30!
Firstly you will need to measure the finger that the ring is to be worn on.
For this, you can use a handy multi-ring sizing gauge.
Take this measurement and cut your 2mm sterling silver round wire to this length. We have included 7cm (approximate length needed for an average size ring) of 2mm wire for this project, please check the length you will need against your own finger and edit the quantity in your basket if necessary.
Using either round nose pliers or half round pliers, shape your ring and ensure that the two ends meet neatly together.
Depending on the tools you have available and your current skill, you can easily leave the ring in this shape and carefully place the wire and diamonds across the join to cover it and make it secure.
However, if you have the tools available, finishing this ring neatly will make it of higher quality and value.
To do this use a triblet and rawhide mallet to shape the ring and file the edges nice and neat so they sit together neatly.
Next, solder up the joint to form the band of your ring. Clean the ring to remove all fire stain and solder residue then add the finish that you wish (hammered texture/high polish/matt brushed etc.)
Using your sheet and wire cutters cut an approximately 20cm length of the 0.2mm sterling silver wire.
Take the diamond natural rough nugget beads (we have used the silver colour for ours but we also have them in a champagne and black option).
With the join at the top and centre, take a loose end of the wire and lay it along the top of the ring band (make it the length you would like your diamonds to be displayed). Then start wrapping the wire over to secure it to the band.
You may find it easier to hold the ring at the base with a ring clamp.
As you start to wrap the wire around, add a nugget bead and position it on to the top of the ring.
Wrap the wire around the ring a few more times before you add the next bead.
Keep wrapping and adding beads until you have created a look that you are happy with - but make sure you have enough wire left to finish the wrapping securely.
To finish the wire wrap you will need to loosely wrap the last few loops around the ring and thread the loose end of your 0.2mm wire back through the loops and pull tight with a pair of flat nose pliers.
Your ring is now finished!
Make the design your own by using your favourite gemstone beads.
Read silversmithing advice pages
Read beading advice pages
The Art Of Soldering For Jewellery Makers: Techniques And Projects - Wing Mun Devenney
The Encyclopedia Of Wire Jewellery Techniques - Sara Withers
Kernowcraft's jewellery making kits are aimed to inspire you - therefore the step by step instructions are available online only with a shopping list, where you can easily customise the design to suit you. We recommend printing or bookmarking this page ready to follow.
The suggested products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that gemstones are natural and hand cut stocks can vary, so do use your own common sense as to the compatibility of each item when making.
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