DIY Ring Base

A lot of you have been asking where to get ring bases for the projects here and here. When I can't find them in local craft stores, I make my own adjustable ring bases. Wanna make some, too?

Materials:

  • Wire (between 18 and 20 gauge) – I bought this wire from JoAnn's in the jewelry making section. It comes in several colors.
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters

Cut a piece of wire 6 inches long. Fold one end over as shown above. Continue to fold the wire around, creating a spiral. The spiral will act as the base and needs to be large enough to accommodate the item you want to attach to the top if it. Once the spiral is complete, bend the remaining wire around a hi-liter. When the wire meets back at the spiral (step 3), bend and double back to the starting point (step 4). Cut the remaining wire off.

Once the base is made, use E3000 glue or a brad to attach a fabric flower, button, or other fanciful item to the top of the spiral.

The Real Deal: It costs less than $0.25 to make one ring base.

14 Comments
  1. awsome!

  2. nice! I think that ring base is pretty already without anything on top of it.. I'd love to wear that simple ring.. ^^

  3. genius :)

  4. Amazing – so quick and easy. It's nice that it has an opening with the swirl top – every ring base I've seen is filled in there, which isn't always the most useful.

  5. This is so simple and useful!  I have some of that wire and would love to put it to good use.  I agree with prinandita…it would be so pretty to wear alone!   Good Job!

  6. So cute! Tweeting this!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I have 4 teenaged grandgirls.  They like jewelry, and I've made some bracelets, but I've wanted to make rings, too.  They all live miles away so sizing is the hard part.  No longer!
     

  8. Hi, just wondering how you stop the wire digging into your finger – the last bit that you cut, I mean.  Obviously the spiral deals with one end of the wire, but what about the other?

    • Bethan – Do the exact same thing as in step 1. Look at picture 1. Snip the end and then bend.

  9. THIS IS A FANTASTIC IDEA!  I HAVE HUNTED FOR A SIMPLE BASE FOR MY SEA GLASS.  I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT!  THANKS SOOO MUCH! WILL MAKE A GREAT BRACELET TOO!
     

  10.  I love this ring base! I hope Im tucking in the end piece underneath the swirl right.

  11. THIS IS SO PRETTY! My sister and I used to get bored in the garage with the guys working on cars that we got a hold of some wire(don't know the kind but it was strong yet bendable) we had a piece of wood with nails and wrapped a matching set of twists and turns. After we took them off the wood we would use a small smooth hammer and tapped some  hook earring holder to attach them. She got allergies on the hooks so we would apply clear coat nail polish on all the hooks ,works very good for allergies. Also nail polish was painted on some completly or the earing would remain silver.We always said they were Twisted Sister Designs. Your ring bases took me back 20 years or so thanks.

  12. just now found your site, through Holy Craft, great tutorial to try on a rainy day! thanks for sharing!
    JoAnn

  13. Very helpful! thank you. :)

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