Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wire Rose Ring

Last year, I went to the NM Balloon Fiesta.  While there, I had the chance to check out a few of the art and crafts booths around town (and in Santa Fe). We had loads of fun, and got tons of ideas.  One of the things we saw were wire rose rings, similar to this.  Well for one reason or another, I didn't buy one.  When I came back, I had wished I had bought one.  Anyway, decided to try to figure out how to make it myself.  This site helped a good deal:

So, what you need:
 - craft wire (they come in great colors) about 9 or so inches (you can trim it later if you want)
 - a rod about the size of the ring you want to make. A highligher or glue-stick works well.  If you have a ring mandrel, that would be even better.

Here's how to:

1. Wrap the wire around the rod so it completes two revolutions around.
2. Where the loose wires meet, wrap wire over each other, so they interlocks.
3.  Taking one wire at a time, slowly wrap the wire around the other the interlocks on a clockwise turn.  Do only a half turn at a time, then repeat to the other wire.  After the rose is as large as you want it (maybe a full revolution for each wire), each wire should be on opposite sides of the ring.

4.  Wrap the end of the wire around one side of the ring and try to hide the end so it does not scratch you.  Do the same on the other side of the ring with the other wire.

That's it. :) Try incorporating beads to add to the design.

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