Squiggly Wire Ring Design in 12 Easy Steps

Posted by Marnie's Creations on 11th Nov 2019

Squiggly Wire Ring Design in 12 Easy Steps

This squiggly ring is my absolute favorite. It wears nice and makes a statement. I've been making them for a few years now with different variations. I honestly don't know if I've seen this ring style before but it's very likely I have as it's a pretty obvious ring design (meaning anyone that has played with wire a lot has pictured this). With a little practice on weave tension, this is an easy style to make. I put together these step by step instructions in case you would like to try it. Don't worry if your ring looks different than mine. All things take practice and I've made roughly 50 of these since I started wire wrapping. 


This ring was sized to a 7 but is adjustable to an extent. You can add a little more wire if you would like it to be larger.

Tools to use for squiggly wire ring design

Tools needed:

18 gauge round dead soft copper wire (base wire) - 2 pieces, 6 inches each (about 16 cm)

28 gauge round dead soft copper wire (weave wire)- I work off the spool and so can you if you choose to or if you like to cut the wire it's 65" (166 cm)

Nylon pliers (for straightening - optional)

Flush cutters

Needle nose pliers

Round nose pliers

Step 1 for Squiggly Ring

Step 1:

After you have straightened the wire using either the nylon pliers or your fingers. Starting about 1" from the beginning of one of the 18 gauge base wires, wrap the 28 gauge weave wire around 5 times.

Step 2 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 2:

Line up the second 18 gauge base wire on top of and even with first one. 

Wrap the 28 gauge weave wire around both wires 2 times.

Step 3 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 3: 

Wrap the weave wire around the first base wire 5 times.

Step 5 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 4:

Repeat the 5 and 2 weave 37 more times (so there will be 38 total)

Step 5 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 5:

Snip the weave wire off of both ends with flush cutters and press with needle nose pliers. (sorry for the blurry photo but I think you get the idea)

Step 6 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 6: 

Wrap the woven piece you just made around your mandrel. (Try to get it in the middle, even on both sides)

Step 7 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 7:

Holding the wires on the front with your thumb (missing from photo - thumb) bend the top 2 and the bottom 2 wires outward forming a 'U' shape.

Step 8 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 8:

Bend the very top wire up and the very bottom wire down.

Step 9 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 9:

Snip all ends with your cutters to about 1/2"-3/4" (I used 1/2" and the curls are smaller. I recommend snipping the bottom (inner wires - the ones not bent) at 1/2" and the very top and bottom wires at 3/4")

Step 10 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 10:

Remove the ring from the mandrel and use your round nose pliers to start forming the curls on the inner wire (the one you didn't bend out). Use the smaller part of the pliers so the loop will be tight.

Step 10 Squiggly wire ring design example

Example of the curl and where it should be

Step 11 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 11:

Make the same or similar curl on the bottom inner wire.

Step 12 Squiggly wire ring design

Step 12:

Curl the top and bottom wires outward (the ones you had previously bent out).

Squiggly Wire Ring Completed

Yay! You've reached the end and your ring should look similar to this one. (Except perhaps bigger or smaller loops)

Squiggly Wire Ring

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. I would love to see how you did. Unfortunately this blog does not have a 'comments' sections but feel free to reach out on my Facebook business page or join my Facebook Group.

Where to find the supplies: (note: I do get a small commission should you buy any of these but I did search the lowest prices for you)

Dead soft copper wire 18 and 28 gauge ($11.25 for 100 feet 18 gauge - $11.99 for 1000 feet 28 gauge)

Flush cutters ($5.19)

Round nose pliers ($3.39)

Needle nose pliers ($3.04)

Ring mandrel ($6.50 - comes with a ring sizer)

Nylon pliers ($7.81)

So...cost is under $50 including the nylon pliers if you buy the tools separately. Keep in mind you can make quite a few things with these materials.

If you want to skip all of these steps and own a ring with this design you can get one for $20.00 here