DIY Chunky Cocktail Ring

by Alicia on November 12, 2010

Chunky Cocktail Ring

I’ve been in the mood for bright, bold jewelry lately. I think it’s due to editorials like this and this. Anyway, this is a simple ring that makes a big statement.

Supplies to make a chunky cocktail ring

Sometimes I’ll make my own ring base using wire and a ring mandrel but for this project I used a simple adjustable ring base. This one has ten loops for attaching the beads (sometimes they have five, it doesn’t matter too much). You can find the ring bases with the jewelry findings in Michaels, Hobby Lobby or online.

Put one bead on each headpin and start a wrapped loop. Next, finish the wrapped loops and cut off the extra. Then open a 4mm jump ring (not pictured, sorry!) and put 7 beads on it and attach it to the ring base. Using the jump ring allows you to get more beads onto the ring for a fuller look. I wound up using 8 of the 10 loops on the ring base (skipping the two loops in the center) because my ring was so full that I didn’t have room for any more.

Finished Turquoise Beaded Ring

Are you in Houston? If you don’t have experience making jewelry and want to learn to make a ring like this take a look at the class schedule or contact me. Our classes last 2-3 hours and include all tools and materials.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannel January 26, 2011 at 2:18 am

Hi there. I was wondering if you could explain how you attached the jump ring to the ring base. Ive literally ONLY just taken up ring making, but am quietly OBSESSED with it. Hence, my question. Thank you.


Terrie August 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

It would have been great if the tutorial started with how to make a ring base.


alicia August 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

I used a base like this one for this ring:


Sally July 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I don’t know if you check in here at all, but like the above comment- more details, please on how many jump rings you use, how you make & attach the loops….


Alicia July 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I’m still here! I used 8 jump rings, one for each of the loops on the ring base that I used. (There were 10 loops but I skipped the two in the center because I didn’t need them.) On each jump ring I attached 7 wire-wrapped beads. Until I get around to writing up the process, here’s a good tutorial: Hope that helps!


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