Stripes and Swirls
Shanna Steele, Auntie’s Beads Designer
This bead is so unique and so fun, I immediately thought it would make a fabulous ring. A few gold beads and some wire later, I had just what I had envisioned: a ring that will make you want to stare at your hand all day long.
Cut a piece of wire measuring about 30 inches. Center 2 gold beads, your lampwork bead, and 2 more gold beads on the center of your wire. Bend both ends of the wire down. Place the wire on the ring mandrel at a size 1 larger than your desired size. For example, if you want a size 8, start your wrapping at a size 9. Wrap each wire around the mandrel 3 times so your band will have 6 wires. Remove your creation from the mandrel. Bring your wires to opposite sides of the beads. Wrap one end around the 6 wire band you created on the mandrel. Wrap it around the band 4-5 times. Cut the excess wire with your Nipper tool. Use your Crimper to tuck the end. Wrap the other wire in the same manner in order to finish your ring.
Materials and Tools Needed:
Lampwork Puffed Rectangle Swirl Bead, Gold/Black/Brown (1 piece)
Gold Filled Smooth Beads, 4mm, Bag of 10 (4 pieces)
Artistic Wire Spool, 20 Gauge, Non-Tarnish Brass Colored Wire (about 30 inches)
Black Plastic Ring Mandrel
Beadalon Designer Bead Crimper