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.
When I was done with the braid, I slipped it into the jump ring and pulled it tight around the mandrel. A tricky part was adding the pearl in the center. It is a top drilled pearl. I put the wire through the hole and threaded it into the jump ring from the top. Then I wrapped this wire around the base of the jump ring to secure the ring size.
Now, I have a beautiful ring band with lots of spiky ends sticking out and pearl in the center! I used 2-3mm gemstones and twisted them onto the wire ends - trying to make them into a flower. Once the stems all had gemstones, it was easy to move them around and make the ring more full or flat as I liked.
I will try this style of ring again, but will probably use a few less wires in the ring band, so it is not quite as fluffy - although if I want to make a cocktail ring again, I know how!!