Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bling Ring Tutorial and Giveaway

When I first started making jewelry, it was all about crocheting with wire and beads.  Shortly thereafter, I learned how to string bracelets and wire wrap earrings.  But it was the very first set of "bling rings" I made for friends for their Oscar party swag bags that turned out to be the biggest hit among my family and friends. 

So I started making more, in various shapes and sizes.

I hadn't made any rings for quite some time; that is until I noticed that Halcraft had some incredibly awesome slider components in the Bead Gallery section at Michael's ... statement ring awesomeness that quickly reignited my ring-making passion.
Behold just a small sampling of my current addiction:
I had more, but they were either hijacked by friends or given as gifts.  I can't tell you how much I love making and wearing these rings!
I also can't tell you how long I've been wanting to do a tutorial on my blog, so I'm thinking my bling rings would make a perfect tutorial debut.
Fingers crossed that I do this properly ...
Halcraft Slider Components from Michael's (or any other slider component(s) of your choosing)
Strong Elastic Cording (I use Stretch Magic .5 mm)
Size 11 Metal Seed Beads (I used gunmetal for the ring below)
Clear, Fast Drying Nail Polish
Sharp, Tiny Scissors
Ring Mandrel or Ring Sizing Guide
Bead Stopper
#1 -- Cut two 9-inch lengths of elastic cording.  Tie one-third of the length into a slip knot and secure with a bead stopper. 

#2 -- String one size 11 seed bead on one elastic length.

#3 -- Run the other elastic length through the same bead in the opposite direction.

#4 -- Pull both ends of elastic until bead sits up against the previously slip-knotted end.

#5 -- String one seed bead onto each elastic length.

#6 -- Repeat steps 2 and 3. Pull both ends of elastic until bead sits up against the two beads added in step 5 .

#7 -- Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have reached the desired length (use your finger, a mandrel and/or a ring sizing template as your guide, keeping in mind the additional length the slider component will add, as well as the extra beads that will be added in this step and in step 11 below).  String three seed beads onto each elastic length. 

#8 -- Run both elastic lengths through one end of the slider component as shown below.  String four additional seed beads onto one of the elastic lengths. 

#9 -- Tie both of these elastic lengths together and knot several times.  Secure the knot with nail polish and let dry.

#10 -- Remove bead stopper and untie slip knot from the other end. 

#11 -- String three seed beads onto each elastic length, wrap beaded band around front of the ring focal ...
... and run both elastic lengths through the other end of the slider component as shown below. 
#12 -- String four additional seed beads onto one of the elastic lengths (as in step 8) and tie both of these elastic lengths together and knot several times. Secure the knot with nail polish and let dry.

#13 -- When the nail polish is completely dry, trim ends as close to knot as possible.  Add another coat of nail polish to knot and let dry.

#14 -- Flip band around to back side of ring focal. Slip onto finger and enjoy!

If you have any questions on this tutorial, or if I missed a pertinent piece of information, please let me know!  In the meantime, I'd love to have a little bling ring giveaway!

To win the above "Downton Abbey" inspired ring -- made to order just for you -- please leave a comment below.  For an extra chance to win, become a follower of my blog.  If you already follow my blog, please let me know in the comments.  I will pick a random winner on Sunday, March 24th.

{The giveaway is now closed -- Congratulations Zan Caperton!}

Thank so much for stopping by today ... I really appreciate your being here and hope you enjoyed my very first tutorial! =)


Karin Slaton said...

Oh my, but these look like fun! I think this is the kind of project where you can't stop with just one. Thanks so much for the tutorial! (Already a follower.)

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Congrats on your "first time", Lola! I've never made a ring but you make this seem so easy (good job). I think it would be fun for the instant gratification, sort of like earrings. Thanks for having a giveaway. I already follow you.

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

I am goingn to actually print these directions out and put this in my "have to try to do this" pile!!! That should tell you alot because I sjy away from those tiny beads! Your rings are absolutely beautiful and your tut is wonderfully written, too! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Unknown said...

This is such a great project. Can't wait to try it. I would love to win one. (Just became a follower.)

Christine Altmiller said...

what a great project, Lola! i can easily see why you cannot stop making them~bling, fashion, relative ease, doesn't take all day to make one! fantastic!!!

AntiquityTravelers said...

these are great Lola! and congrats on the feature!!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Lola,
Thank you for sharing how you make your beautiful rings. I still wear the one you gave to me and have often studied it to see how you made it and now I know. I am going to make one or two for myself and or as gifts.
Oh and you already know that I am a long time follower of yours.

Unknown said...

Love your rings and the tute!!!! Thank you so much for the tute and the offer of such a wonderful giveaway. I just have to give it a try!

Anonymous said...

I have been in love with making rings but had little success. I want to try your tutorial! Thank you for the offer of a giveaway.



Unknown said...

Great rings! My daughter loves them.

I’m part of the bead soup party. Looking forward to the reveals. I'm now following you. I have a new blog. Please consider following my jewelry blog. Thanks.

Unknown said...

These rings are awesome! I, too, purchased some of those sliders without knowing what to do with them. I think I'm going to make some rings with your tutorial. Thank you for the inspiration.