To create this lovely cluster style wire ring, all you need is a bead scoop, a tool kit , ring mandrel and 1mm and 0.4mm wire in the colours of your choice!
Gather your materials, i have used a selection of beads from a scoop, i would recommend any shape but make sure they are centre drilled, i.e avoid briolettes, top drilled nuggets etc, and try to keep the beads on the smaller side – 4-6mm
Cut approximately 6” of the 1mm wire, and place one end at the very tip of your round nose pliers, turn the pliers and form a “p” loop.
Place the loop on the actual ring size that you want, as there is very minimal wrapping to the actual shank so you do not need to go up any sizes. Hold the loop with your thumb and bring the wire around the mandrel once then back around again.
Trim the wire and form another loop (if you did spirals instead of loops this makes a lovely simple adjustable ring). Cut approximately 1mtr of 0.4 wire and you need to anchor this to one of the loops. Remove the shank from the mandrel and wrap the wire to the top loop.
Trim the tail off the anchor point and add your first bead, we are effectively going to “sew” the cluster onto the shank with the finer wire, this will also bring the whole ring shank together as well.
Once you have added the bead, bring the finer wire down through the bottom loop, then bring the wire back up behind the bead and wrap around the ring shank completely to secure the bead.
Add a second bead and secure in the same way through the bottom loop, position the bead to sit where you are happy and secure the wire, add another bead and secure by wrapping around the ring shank.
Continue adding beads in this way, ensure you are securing every bead you add to the shank or the loops, you can bring the wire through any point of the ring.
If you find you have added a bead but it doesn’t feel secure, such as the pink one i added here, then wrap the wire around the bead a couple of times and then bring the wire down to the bottom and wrap around the shank to strengthen and secure the bead.
When you have finished with your beads and are happy with the cluster, you can add some embellishments by adding some coils. To do this you need to create your own length of coil by wrapping a length of 0.4 wire around the 1mm wire and then snip into several little lengths of coils. Then, add one of the coils onto the wire you have been adding the beads on with.
Thread the wire back through the beads to secure the coil. Then bring the wire back up and add another coil and repeat until you are happy with the look. When you have finished this and are happy with the look, then bring the wire to one side of the shank and wrap a couple of times. Cut the wire close to the shank and squeeze your flatnose pliers to make it smooth.
You can experiment with this design, with the first ring i didn’t add coils but i used the excess wire from adding the beads and wrapped around the ring shank, this is a handy technique if you have oversized the ring slightly and will reduce it by about a size, however it can be resized bigger if you put it back on the ring mandrel, it just adds a different look.