September 7, 2012

How I made a Cocktail Ring with a Braided Band

I didn't set out to make a cocktail ring - it just happened.  One of those ideas that just got bigger than I ever expected.

I made this ring for a swap with one of the online jewelry groups I belong to.  The theme was 'Back to School'.  It was a tough theme, but I decided it reminded me of the turn of seasons from Summer to Fall.

I love the way the band on this ring turned out.  I used a jump ring to start and folded the wires in half over it.  I think I started with 3 groups of 3 wires (9 wires) of equal size in 26g silver.  I put them through the jump ring and folded them in half.  Then I braided them to the length I needed to make a size 7 ring.  The braid came out really nice and neat.

September 5, 2012

Star Freshwater Pearl Ring

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to post this ring!

It is one of my absolute favorites and I almost always sell it right off my hand - especially during the summer or winter holidays.