Who else is obsessed with the recent trend of tiny stacked rings? The other day I found the "show me your stack" feature on the blog Unruly Things and spent a good hour admiring the beautiful stacks of rings. I decided it's time I invest in some stackable rings, and then promptly came to the conclusion that I can't afford stacks of rings and instead put a few on my christmas wishlist. After a bit of searching around and lusting after rings, I realized I could probably create a few little rings with some sturdy thin wire and a pair of needle nose pliers. This project ended up working out so well! I'm really excited to make a few others and start building up my stacks of rings!
To make one of these rings you will need some thin (but sturdy) wire. I think the wire I got was 22 gauge and it holds it's shape well. You will also need a pair of needle nose pliers and wire cutters. For the xo ring you will need a soldering iron (I don't know why, but apparently we have one at our house...also I originally called it a welder but then learned that wasn't what I meant...oops!) or some strong, clear glue to hold the x in place.
I drew the diagram above to help you shape your xo ring if you'd like to give this design a try. Start by shaping your ring around a pen or chapstick/lipstick tube that is close to the size of your finger. You can adjust it to your exact size once you've rounded it around the tube. Next use the piers to shape your "o" first, then your "x." Then clip off the extra wire. Use your soldering iron to connect the 2 parts of your "x" or use a small dab of clear glue (because, honestly, I don't know why you would own a welder...). You could also just leave the "x" as it is if you're ok with having to adjust it back into place every so often.
Other ideas for wire rings: a heart, a little bow, a knot, something like this, or you could attach a bead or piece of jewelry hardware. If you decide to make one of these rings, put a link to pictures in the comments! I will put up some pictures once I get around to making more :)