How to Make a Bow Ring for Next to Nothing

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From dangling earrings to pendants to rings, wire jewelry adds a little Boho style to any outfit. But it's even more fun to wear — not to mention a lot more affordable — when you make it yourself! Simply grab some wire and a few tools, and be prepared to get wrapped up in jewelry making.

DIY bow ring

Materials

  • 20g craft wire
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • Flat-nosed pliers
  • Flush-cutters
  • Cylindrical object, like a lip balm

 
1. Cut a 4-inch piece of 20g wire. Take a moment to smooth it out.

2. Find a cylindrical object that's about the size of your finger — like a lip balm. (If you really get into ring-making and want to be more precise with sizing you can use a ring mandrel.)

3. Wrap the center of the wire firmly around the lip balm, overlapping the tails in the center. The tail going from left to right should lie above the other tail.

4. With the fat part of your round-nosed pliers, make a loop out of the wire tail to the right-hand side, like the loop of a bow — folding back on itself and down.

5. Repeat this action with the left-hand wire tail, with the loop also going up and over, then the tail pointing downward.

6. Take the tail from step 4, and bring it underneath and through the main ring.

7. Bring this wire down and over the two bow loops, "knotting" them together. Don't worry about the bow being too perfect — that's half the joy of handmade, after all!

8. Trim the tails to a nice, neat and short length. If they are too long, they can catch when this ring is worn.

9. Now that you’re finished, you may want to do a little reshaping with your pliers – making sure the angle of the loops and tails are just how you want them, and that the ring band is nice and round.

Once you get the hang of it, these are so quick and fun to make! Next up: Try it with wires of different finishes and colors.

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