How to Make a Cluster Ring


This article shows how to make a pearl cluster ring, but you can use silver, gold, semi-precious stones, resin, metal clay, polymer clay and other materials at home to create wonderful, fun rings to wear or sell.
1Using the wire tools, bend the thicker wire into a half ring shape. Don’t overwork the wire. It will tend to become hard and brittle if you bend it too much - use smooth, minimal movements. This half ring should comfortably fit around the finger. Twist one end into a small loop. Try the half ring on and mark where the other loop should be. Both loops should not be above the top of the finger.
2.Twist and turn the second loop to match the first loop in size. If necessary, file the ends of the wire to remove any rough edges. Pinch the loops closed. Twist the loops so they are facing the sides of the ring.
3.Take a long strand of the thin wire and tie the middle of the strand around one loop. Lay the pearls out in the dish or towel so you can see them and decide which one will be in the center. The largest one looks best in the middle with smaller ones on the outside.
4.Begin stringing different pearls and pull the wire through the other loop to create the base string. Try the ring on for size. It should fit comfortably over the knuckle. Adjust if necessary. Make all future strings of pearls no tighter than the base string.
5.Now string the other wire and position the large pearl in the middle. Again be careful not to make this wire too tight. Keep the strands together by pulling a wire around the strands here and there. You should have at least three strands (an uneven number) going across so that the large pearl stays in the middle.
6.String as many pearls as you want and occasionally tie the strands together. You may like the look of the silver wires criss-crossing around the pearls; they will hold the pearls in place. Tie the two wire ends on the inside of the ring with a couple of knots to secure them. Tuck the wire ends into the cluster out of sight and trim with scissors or wire cutters if necessary. another option would be stringing in the pearls together and rolling it out to form a cluster. Place it in position and weave another wire mesh around the cluster and the the lose end of the mesh wire to the loops of the wire around your finger.
7.If the beads are not bearing any sort of holes, you can still cluster it up by gluing in the pieces together with a hot glue gun. (Make sure that it does not react with the stones or assortment you are using.) Now weave a wire mesh around the glued and dried cluster. Make sure the ends of the wire mesh are long enough to be looped around the thicker finger wire.
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