Cut 18" of 20 gauge wire. String your bead to the center of the wire length. For a different look you can string more than one bead.
Bend both ends of wire against the bead so they are pointing downward. This will insure that your bead stays in place.
Position the bead on a ring mandrel one size up from the ring size you desire. We are making a size 7 ring so we positioned the bead at the size 8 mark.
Keeping your bead in place and wire taut begin wrapping both ends of wire around the mandrel. The wire should run parallel as it's wrapped around the back of the mandrel.
Bring the wire ends back up towards the front bead. The wire ends should now point in the direction they started.
Repeat steps 4-5 once more. There should now be a total of 4 wraps of wire around the ring mandrel.
With the wire back in front, bring one end of wire up from the bottom and the other end of wire down from the top so they are laying close to the bead.
Holding the wire in place take the ring form off of the mandrel. Wrap one end of wire around the ring band as close to the bead as possible.
Continue to wrap the wire around the ring band a total of three times. Cut the tail end of the wire.
Repeat step 9 for the other side of the ring.
Place the ring back onto the ring mandrel. Using a plastic mallet gently hammer the back of the ring band so the wire lays flat.
Continue hammering until you have the ring size you desire. Hammering with the plastic mallet will also harden your wire without damaging it.
Congratulations! You have now completed a simple wire wrapped ring.
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