How long do you keep your craft supplies? I’ve had this thin wire since I was 8 years old! Much as I love having a wide variety of stuff to work with, seeing it around for over 20 years is getting on my nerves so I’ve come up with a number of DIYs to use it up! If you’re like me and want to use up your thin wire, check out these tutorials as well:

Statement ring with only wire

Anthropologie inspired hoop earrings

Anthropologie pearlene necklace DIY


What you need

Thin gold coloured wire (I used copper)

A few small beads or crystals

A ring mandel to wrap around- or improvise and find something cylindrical in the house that has the same circumference as your finger! 


Step 1

Wrap the wire around the ring mandel/ tube many times. As the wire is so thin, you want it wrapped at least 15 times to form a strong band.


Step 2

Slip the wire off the mandel. Note I have NOT cut the wire off the spool!


Step 3

Use the shorter end of wire to go inside the band then start wrapping it around the band. Continue until the entire length of wire is wrapped. Make sure to tuck the end of the wire in securely so it doesn’t scratch you!


Step 4

Now  you have an idea of how much more wire you need- cut off the wire to wrap around accordingly. If you find working with too much wire troublesome, don’t cut a very long length. You can always add a fresh wire later 🙂

Thread 1 stone on, then wrap the wire 2-3 times around the band again. (If you want more than 1 stone, repeat this for as many stones as you want.)



To finish, you have 2 options. You can either:

  1. wrap the wire a few times around before cutting the excess off and tucking it in (as shown below)
  2. OR keep wrapping till you’ve gone round the entire ring!


Here are a couple of variations on the idea to inspire you 🙂 it’s also possible to do a simple ring with no gems at all- just wrap the wire without adding beads. (If you need specific steps/ photos, the tutorial is available here)


Written by Zen