Monday, June 20, 2011

Wire-wrapped ring

I may have mentioned before that my husband is a geologist.  A couple of years ago he went on a field trip and came home with a large chunk of mud. (This is not an unusual occurence.) But it wasn't just any mud, it was mud with pyrite in it.  So we put it in a bowl and covered it with water and spent the next couple of days sticking our hands into it and fishing out what turned out to be hundreds of little pyrite crystals.  And as cool as they are, they just sat in a bowl for the next 2 years.

Then a couple of weeks ago I was at Urban Outfitters and I found a pyrite ring.  And their pyrite was not even as pretty as our pyrite.  So I obviously had to make a ring out of our pyrite that was way cooler than theirs.  Here's how I did it:
 I started out with about 2 feet of wire and wrapped it around something slightly bigger than my finger (in this case, a tube of lip gloss).  There was still plenty of wire left on each end.
 Then I positioned the pyrite in the middle of the ring and wrapped the wire around it.  I kept wrapping around the rock and around the ring until it felt secure.
 I wrapped the leftover wire around the round part of the ring several times.  Then I just clipped the wire and clamped it down so that it wouldn't poke out.
 Here is the finished product.  It definitely has that earthy, homemade look, which really works for it since it's just a rock that we fished out of a peice of mud.  I love it.


  1. What a great tutorial! Loving the organic feel of this ring, and it seems like something klutzy me could actually pull off.

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