Measuring wire for a ring shank can be tricky. Lucky for you, Donna Spadafore has an easy technique for that. I'd like to give a special thanks to Donna for submitting so many beautiful tutorials. You can find more of her tutorials on my website linking from the Making Wire Jewelry page
This tutorial teaches a very simple way to
measure the length of wire needed for a ring
For this technique you will need to use the same
gage of wire that you will use for the finished
project. The reason for this is that different
thicknesses of wire will need different lengths for
the same size ring. Usually the thicker the wire,
the longer the piece you will need.
Scrap wire (same gauge as the wire you are
using in the project you are measuring the
Ring Mandrel (with sizes) or other round
object that is the correct size for your
Flat nose pliers
Wrap a piece of scrap wire (the same gage as the
wire you will used in your finished project) around
the ring mandrel at the size you need your
finished ring to be.
Twist the wires from each side of the mandrel
together so that the loop you have made is snug
against the mandrel.
Be careful not to over-tighten the wire. It needs
to be able to slip off the ring mandrel the same
way a finished ring would slip off.
Take the loop off the mandrel.
Cut the wire on the side of the loop that is
opposite the twist.
Straighten out the wire, being careful not to
loosen the twist.
Measure the straightened wire. This is the length
of wire you will need to go all the way around the
About the Artist: Donna Spadafore is a self taught jewelry artist who has spent years
improving her techniques and creating new, original jewelry designs. She
now teaches many of her designs to her students using on-line tutorials
available on her web-site. If you are interested in learning new and
wonderful jewelry techniques, go to http://www.gailavira.com/tutorials
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