Beadset ring

You wrfi need 20-gauge s»fve* wire 4 mm round bead o( your choice Cylindrical dowel or rmg mandrel Round- and flat-nose pliers Wire cutters Superglue

I took my inspiration for this ring from the decoration on Celtic shields. Shell, amber, and coral were often used in Celtic shields and sword scabbards, as well as red glass or "enamel." which was made out of cuprous oxide crystals. The crystals were used in small lumps which, when softened by heat, were then shaped into small pellets or beads and secured on keyed surfaces or framed as decoration.

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The bead in ¡he center of the ring is held firmly inside a small coil of silver wire and provides a jcwelike splash of color in an otherwise monochrome design.

2. Poll the coil oH »he mondrel and cut the wire off fhe spool, leaving about 5 in. extending.

1 . Wrap 20-gauge silver wire three to four times around o cylindrical dowel or ring mondrel to form a coil. The dowel should be one size smaller than you want the final ring to be, as the coil will spring open slightly.

Using your fingers, twist the short, cut end of wire around the coil to hold all the loops of the coil together ond form the shank of the ring. Cut off any excess wire and neaten the end (see page 1 7).

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" l\ Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, make a small hook at the end of the extending wire.

(). When the spiral meets the ring shank, fold the spiral over so that it sits ot right angles to the ring shank and hides the wrapped wires that lie underneath.

" l\ Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, make a small hook at the end of the extending wire.

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Silver rings set with vcllow. red. turquoise, and green beads. This design is simple to make, yet looks effective with any size of bead. Experiment with larger beads and coils of wire to obtain a more eliimfcv effect.

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O. Using your flat-nose pliers, squeeze this hook Hot to double it and continue curling it around in concentric circles, holding it flat between your pliers to form a tight spiral.

/ . Working from the spool, form o coil of wire around the shaft of your round-nose pliers (just os you would when creating jump rings see page 16) that fits the diameter of the bead you have chosen to set. Coil it to the depth of the bead.

(S. Cut the wire off the spool, leaving about 1 in. extending. Using your flat-nose pliers, spiral this extending wire inward, toward the coil, until it sits neatly at the base of the wire coil.

9. Push the spiral flat against the coil, so that it fills in the end of the coil.
1.0. Curl the other cut end of the coil into a small, tight spiral, and flatten it against the side of the coil to prevent it from catching on the wearer's clothing.

1 1 . Push the bead into the coil. (If you wish, you can put o tiny dob of Supcrglue inside the coil to make sure the bead is fixed in place.) Glue the spirol-and-bead unit to the center of the spiral on the ring.

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The central "cross" motif gives this pin a Celtic feel, together with the triangular and circular shaped spirals on each side. If you prefer, balance the design by making the two spirals identical.

The pin was used as a dress fastening during the Iron Age and Celtic period, and this modem-day pin can be used in the same way to secure a shawl, cardigan, skirt, or sarong. My design features a simple wire cross as the central motif, along with a spiral, which is so characteristic of Celtic style, and a triangular motif that reflects the geometric designs found on wood carvings, shields, and swords.

I used bone-effect beads, as bone is a material that would have been readily available in Celtic times, but you could use any charm, or colored beads of your choice.

You will need 18-gauge stiver wire 3 x 8 mm round bone-effect beads 1 x 6 mm barrel bone effect bead i x 12 mm cyinder bone-effect bead Round and flat-nose pliers Wire cutters

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1 . First moke the triangular wire motif. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, moke o little hook at the end of a spool of 18-gauge silver wire. Squeeze the hook flat with your flat-nose pliers to moke a head pin (see page 14).

A. Place the tips of your round-nose pliers next to this heed pin, and bend the wire through 90". Repeat five or six times, folding the wire just post the previous bend each time, to creote a triangular shape.

Place your flat-nose pliers in the last bend, and bend the wire upward to form a stem at the top of the triangle. Cut the wire off the spool, leaving about 7? in., and make o suspension link at the top of the motif (see poge 13).

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