Matkkials

These rings, shaped as coils around a ring mandrel, are simple and easy to make. The colls can he cut into single or double rings.

Decorate them with oxidized coils or let the metal speak lor itself.

On a ring mandrel, at a point I to 2 mm smaller than the correct ring size, wind the wire with your fingers into a spiral. Better a little loo small than a little too big. It's easiest to wind the wire when it's atmut 20 inches (50 cm) long and you're making colls for several rings at the same time. You'll also waste less expensive silver wire, as you'll have more to hold on to.

Single King

VA inches <H cm) of sterling silver wire. 12 gauge (2 mini

Double Kin«

ti'// inches tIC cm) of sterling sil\er wire. I I gauge 11.5 mini, or o'vfr inches (17 cmI of sterling silver wire. 12 gauge 12 mm)

Photos on pages 14. 15. 21. and 73 Single Kin«

With a good wire culler, cut the coll'at the point where the ends will just pass each other Kile the ends.

To harden it. pound the ring lightly with a plastic hammer while it's still on the mandrel. Double Kin«

With a good wire cutler, snip the coil where two turns just pass each other. Kile the ends. Pound the ring lightly with a plastic hammer while it's slill on the mandrel to harden it. Be careful that the ring doesn't gel loo big.

Coils as Decoration oil a Kin«

lise a mandrel 0.5 mm larger in diameter than the wire the ring is made of so that it will be easy to twist onto the ring. II you want lo add color, remember to oxidize the slender coil before twisting it onto the ring.

C u t t inc Coils

When coils arc use«! as smaller units they can Im? attached together. or heads or rings can Im- mounted lietween Hiem Suddenly, something brand new emerges before your eyes.

In this section, you'll use tin* same tools and the same materials as In the preceding sections.

I'lace one side of the round-nose pliers into the coil. Hold it firmly with the pliers and "break" the coil.

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