Zipper Ring Tutorial

I love big statement rings, especially ones you can make yourself. This zipper ring is so easy to make and I think it came out great. You need very little supplies and you don’t need to know how to make jewelry. Give it a try!

The only materials you need are:
A ring base (I found a pack of them at Jo-Ann Stores)
A small piece of black felt
A 9″ metal zipper. (You’ll get 2 rings from the zipper, so if you have a second ring base you can make 2!) I used a black, all purpose one with silver teeth that I found at Jo-Ann’s as well. It had a little sticker on it that said “coats”.

You will also need scissors and a glue gun.

The first step to making this ring is to unzip the zipper and cut off the bottom with your scissors to separate the two pieces.

Now trim off the fabric as close to the metal zipper as possible.

You may need to snip even closer a second time once you remove the fabric. Hold one end of the zipper with one hand and take your other hand and pull down from top to bottom to remove any frays. Start coiling the zipper, making sure the beginning is nice and tight.

As you coil the rest, hold the coil flat with your thumb and forefinger. As you coil, keep it close with some tension, but not as tight as when you began. If it’s too tight, the coil will not stay flat.

Once you get to the last row, apply a thin line of glue with your glue gun to the last 1/2 inch. Make sure you don’t glop it on or it will show and be hard to get off the zipper teeth. If your coil keeps coming apart at this step, you can glue at intervals but make sure you only use thin glue applications that won’t show. Sorry that pic is so blurry!

When your zipper coil is finished, cut out a circle from the felt that is a little smaller than the coil. Glue the felt onto the underside of your zipper coil with your glue gun. Now glue it to your ring base and you are finished!

See how easy that was? You can totally do this.

Any questions, please feel free to ask!

Bird’s Nest Ring Tutorial

With the arrival of spring, now is the perfect time to learn how to make this bird’s nest ring! It’s really quite easy, even if you’ve never made any jewelry before. Last year I made a bird’s nest necklace as a birthday gift for my Mom and I got the tutorial here. She really likes her birds and I thought it would make a nice gift. This is how it came out:

My daughter loved it as well and asked me to make her one. The one I made for my Mom had larger beads (8 mm I think), so I bought some smaller beads to use for her necklace. When I was making hers, I thought it would make a cute ring and whipped up yet another nest to use for my ring.

I used turquoise colored beads because they resemble robins’ eggs, but you can use any color you wish. I think the silver wire looks nice with the blue, but again, use any color wire you like.

These are the supplies you will need to make one ring:

Ring base, three 6 mm beads, 24 gauge jewelry wire, round nose pliers and needle nose pliers. It really helps to have the round nose pliers, but you can get by without them if you don’t want to buy them. You will need the needle nose pliers at least. If you plan on making your own jewelry in the future, I recommend getting a tool kit that would contain the 3 essential tools: Needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and side cutters (wire cutters).

Here are two additional tools that are good to have, but not necessary:

Long needle nose pliers and side cutters/wire cutters.

Let’s get started…
Using the cutting part of your pliers (or wire cutters) cut a length of wire about 18″-20″ long.
(That part of the pliers below the ridges is the cutter.)

Thread your 3 beads onto one end of the wire and using your round nose pliers make a loop to hold your beads in place. This can be done with the needle nose pliers, but won’t look as rounded.

Slide beads to the loop you just made and form them into a “circle”.

Now you are going to hold the beads in between your thumb and index finger and wrap the wire around the “sides” of the beads. Keep the wire as round and as tight as you can, and also try to keep the nest flat and not too bumpy so that it sits well on your ring base. (I know, I’m asking a lot here, aren’t I??)

When you have enough wire around your nest and you are happy with how it looks, cut off the rest of the wire, leaving a little bit to hook on to the nest you’ve made. Wrap this around the side of your nest a few times and secure it with your pliers.

Now you are ready to wrap the edges. I think it looks best with 3, but you can do less if you prefer. Cut a 4″-6″ section of wire for each wrap. Using your round nose pliers (or needle nose pliers), make a hook to slip onto the nest. Start winding it around the edge of the nest and through it, almost like you’re sewing. Keep this tight with each go around. You do not want to get in the middle with the beads…just wrap the wire edge of the nest. Decide which side will be the bottom because you’ll want to end all your wraps on the bottom. You want to have a nice, pretty side!

When you are satisfied with your “wraps”, cut off the excess wire and hook it in the bottom somewhere with your pliers.

It should look something like this:

By the way, I used a 20 gauge (thicker) wire for the nest and 24 gauge (thinner) for the 3 wraps. The 24 gauge is much easier to work with so I’d recommend that size wire unless you are used to working with it.

Grab a hot glue gun and glue the nest to your ring base. I had to file down my ring base first because the edges of the base stuck out a little (it was oval shaped and not round). Hopefully you will find a nice small round ring base. And that’s it!

If you prefer, you can attach a jump ring to the nest and use it as a necklace instead. Once you get the hang of it, they are really easy to make and you’ll want to make a few of them for your friends and family! I’m so happy Sarah Ortega showed me how to do this. If anything is not clear, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy Wiring!