How to Make an Adjustable Beaded Ring Using the Artistic Wire Adjustable Ring Jig

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Designer: Rachel Zaimont
Skill Level: Beginner
In this video you'll learn how to make an adjustable wire ring that will expand to fit a variety of ring sizes - perfect for giving rings as gifts - using the handy Artistic Wire adjustable ring jig. You'll also see how to add beads to the ring for a quick, customizable look.
Audio Transcript
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hi this is Rachel if beadaholique and in this video I want to show you how to make an adjustable beaded ring using the artistic wire adjustable ring jig so if you've seen the adjustable charm bangles this is really similar except it's in ring form so as you can see you can open it and close it and it adjusts its size so you can accommodate different ring sizes and if you're making gifts for people this is perfect for that because if you're not sure exactly what size you need make an adjustable ring and it will fit whoever you're giving it to so as you can see this jig has two sizes it has a smaller size for smaller rings and a larger size for larger rings and these different sizes also accommodate different stiffnesses of wire so if you're going to use a half hard wire you would use the smaller form here because the wire will spring open a bit after you take it off of the form or if you're using soft wire you would use the larger form you can use different gauges of wire with this jig but keep in mind that since you're making a ring it'll take some wear and tear so you don't want it to be too flimsy so for this ring I used 20 gauge wire and for this ring I use 22 gauge wire and as you can see it's a slightly more delicate a bit of a finer look so let me show you how to do this you're going to need the artistic wire ring jig you'll need some wire I'm going to use this 22 gauge gold wire you'll need some beads whatever you want to put on your ring or charms too and as for tools you will need some flush cutters some nylon jaw pliers to straighten your wire and some flat nose and round nose pliers so let's get started first thing you want to do is measure about 6 inches of wire it doesn't have to be exact and I'm just going to leave it on the spool take my nylon jaw pliers and straighten this wire a bit because it's just a nice when you have kinks in your wire and these nylon jaw pliers do not scratch the wire so it's great for just getting those little curvatures out so then you're going to cut your wire and I'm going to use the larger form on this jig so what you want to do is just lay your wire in the jig like this just lay it across the jig with a little bit of the wire coming off of the bottom and what you want to do is just bend the wire tail up around this peg on the side and squeeze it together make it a nice nice tight curvature and then you want to keep holding your wire on the jig and start curving it around the form and get it between the form and the other peg on the left side keep wrapping it around I'm going to switch hands and you want to again get it between the form and this peg on the right go around again and stop right about here so you can make these adjustable rings with or without beads if you're going to make it without beads at this point I would wrap this wire tail up around this peg and take it off of the form but since you want to put beads on it we need a straight wire tail to put the beads on so I'm going to stop over here and now I'm just going to take it off the form and the wire just sprung open a little bit so now I'm just going to put my beads on the wire and I think I'm going to do some seed beads followed by a gold bead and some more see these are size 11 Oh Toho seed beads and they fit really easily on this 22 gauge wire you can use any type of beads you like fire polish fits well on here gemstones okay I think that's beads that I want to put on here so now I'm going to slide the beads around onto the portion of the wire where it's just one ring I'm not going to keep the beads where there are two wraps because that's going to be the adjusting mechanism and I want the beads on the single wrap there so at this point if your beads are small you can actually pop this back onto your form and continue pulling the wire around this peg but many times if you're going to be using bigger wire I'm sorry if you're going to be using bigger beads then it might not fit back on your form so I'm going to show you how to finish this ring without putting it back on the form so basically you have a loop on the right here and you want to make another loop on the left so I'm going to take round nose pliers and just roll the wire upward to make a similar loop and now I'm going to take my flush cutters and with the flush side facing the ring I'm just going to cut off the wire tail just leaving a bit of that curved loop there let me do the same thing on the other side now take my flat nose pliers and we're going to make the adjustable mechanism so I'm going to grab this curvature between the jaws of my flat nose pliers and I'm going to bend the outer curved side toward the second wrap of the wire so just like this so now this is what your ring should look like to bend it a little bit more do the same thing on the other side I'm just going to grab that curve and bend it toward the other wrap of the ring and now I'm just going to pop the other wrap of the wire into that curve and the last step is to close up these curves so it grips the other wrap of the wire so I'm just going to take my flat nose pliers and gently squeeze trapping the other wire wrap in this little loop so there's one side and there's the other side so now you have a wire ring that's adjustable you can pull it and it will open up or you can close it this is a larger size for me but as you can see this will fit any size finger depending on which size form you use on the jig so that is how to make an adjustable wire ring using the artistic wire adjustable ring jig you can find all of these supplies at beadaholique.com thanks for watching

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