Monday, September 21, 2009

Wrap Artist

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You always have been an independent woman.

The dress you’re wearing? You made it.
The five-star meals you like? You cook them.
And the ring you’re rocking? You depend on you for that too.

That is, thanks to the following instructions courtesy of DIY jewelry expert and local designer Lauryn Chun, who showed us how to create a gorgeous wire-wrapped ring.

Along with sweet 14K gold and sterling silver heart necklaces and bracelets, Chun’s own Wishing Bridge line includes a covetable selection of intricate wire-wrapped rings topped with gemstones, crystals, beads and freshwater pearls.


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You'll need: 3 feet of 20 gauge half hard variety wire (metal of your choice), wire cutters, 1 stone (approx. 30 mm long) with one hole through the length of the stone, flat nose pliers and a ring mandrel (used for shaping wire).


Directions:

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Step 1

After determining what size ring you want to make, place the middle of the wire on the ring mandrel one size larger than desired size.


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Step 2
Wrap the wire around the ring mandrel four times, alternating with each end of the wire so that the ends remain equal in length.


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Step 3
Pull the shaped wire off the ring mandrel. Be careful not to release the tension as the wire will loosen and lose shape. Wrap one end of the wire tightly around your ring shape four times (start from the center and move outward). Continue to hold the ring firmly while completing this step. Repeat with the other end of the wire.


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Step 4

String the stone onto one end of the wire, centering the stone over the wire wrapping you completed in Step 3. Take the other end of the wire and thread it through the stone in the opposite direction. Pull both ends firmly so the stone is secure.


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Step 5
Wrap one end of the wire around the base of the stone (where it meets the ring) until approximately 1½ inch remains. Wrap that remaining 1½ inch tightly around the ring three times. Repeat with the other end of the wire on the opposite side of the ring.



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Step 6

Use your wire cutters to trim the ends of the wire. Cut as close to the ring as possible. Using your flat nose pliers, flatten the ends of the wire to the ring to prevent scratching during wear.

 



Check out Lauryn Chun's Wishing Bridge Fall 2009 collection at www.wishingbridgejewelry.com. Select pieces are also available on Oahu at Bamboo Sky, Ai Designs, Craft Flair Ward Warehouse and Royal Jewelry Ala Moana Center.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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