In this video, I will show you how to easily make a baroque pearl ring using wire and chain. You can use this same method to make any beaded chain ring – simply and quickly.
Often I have left over small segments of chain and this is a great use for those segments. First measure to make sure you have enough chain to make this ring. Note that if your knuckles are much bigger than where you want the ring to sit on your finger, use the knuckle as the area to measure.
Take a piece of wire and thread the chain link on one end, followed by the pearl (or your bead), allow the chain to drape naturally and take the other end of the chain and flip it up to thread. In doing this, you will be able to avoid the chain being twisted in the process.
Start by wire wrapping the one end of the chain securely to the pearl. Using round nose pliers, make a loop, slip the chain link into the loop before closing the loop. How many wraps around depends on preference, thickness of the wire. Tip – if your chain is a bit short, you can compensate by making more wraps to create a slightly longer bar. Also, when planning this, keep in mind that you may wish to do the same number of wraps on the other side, so you don’t want to make it too long or too short.
After you finish wrapping that side, trim and adjust.
Then shift the pearl and the other end of the chain against the loop to reduce excess slack in the wire. This is a good time to try on the ring to make sure the size is ok. If it is too large, you can trim off some of the chain. if it is too short, you may be able to salvage it by making a longer wrap.
Once you are happy, wrap the other end of the chain securely as you have done on the first end. Trim and adjust.
You can push down the wrapped loops on either side of the pearl (bead) to curve it around the finger. Note that this would make your ring slightly looser, so use your judgement.
Now your ring is finished!