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Beaded or Beadwoven Rings: Different Uses for Jewelry and Accessories (Includes Free Patterns/Tutorials!)

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If you do bead or beadweaving work, you have probably seen, if not made, beaded rings. For beadweaving, there are many different stitches that you can use for rings including peyote, right angle weave, and herringbone. There are different possibilities for flat or tubular rings. Many patterns combine at least two stitches. Once you get hooked on a pattern or settle on a design that you've created yourself, you will probably find that you suddenly have a dozen little rings, if not more. You can choose to wear or sell them as rings, which is fine. However, you may want to use them for other jewelry and/or accessories as well. I've detailed a handful of these ideas in this hub. Happy beading!

I've focused on beadweaving for my pictures and links because that's where my interest is. If you're interested in other beaded designs and are having trouble finding patterns or examples, let me know. I'll do what I can to help you find what you want.

I have to give credit to Mandy at Beads For Brains [no longer active] for my inspiration for this article. She worked up a green beaded ring her blog that got me thinking about all of the neat things that you could do with it.

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Pendant

You can easily turn a single beaded ring into a pendant with a loop at the top or a couple loops in the back. You can keep the look simple with a silver snake chain or ribbon or you can make a more elaborate piece with a beaded rope. Consider attaching or linking a few beaded rings to make a longer pendant. Check sagescupboard and Ellad2 on Etsy for great pendant tutorials.

Turquoise and Silver Circles Necklace 1404

Turquoise and Silver Circles Necklace 1404

Components for Necklaces

Constructing a necklace is generally a little more ambitious than creating a pendant. The result can be well worth it, though. Consider using several beaded rings and/or adding other components to your necklace. The possibilities are endless.

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Earrings

I love how many people design beaded earrings with multiple circles such as the one pictured on the right. You can keep it simple with single rings, too. Both options can create very elegant earrings.

Mortira has a pattern for this bracelet available on Etsy.

Mortira has a pattern for this bracelet available on Etsy.

Components for Bracelets

I absolutely love the bracelet pictured on the right. (Click on the source link for the tutorial.) There are so many possibilities for color, link widths, and extra details on the links. Just as you can add other components to necklaces, you can add more components to your beaded rings for bracelets.

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Toggle/Loop Clasps

Beaded rings make excellent loops for toggle/loop clasps for bracelets or necklaces. Make sure that the ring is an appropriate size for the piece and that it matches the style.

Lots of great zipper pull tutorials in this post!

Lots of great zipper pull tutorials in this post!

Zipper Pull for a Purse or Pull for a Shade, Fan, Etc.

Think outside of the jewelry realm for a minute and consider using a beaded ring or a set of rings as a zipper pull or a pull for a shade, fan, etc. Make sure that your bead construction is solid for these types of products, as the beads will take more wear and tear than they would in a jewelry piece.

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And Of Course, Stand Alone Rings

There are tons more patterns and listings than I could ever link to here. I've included some of my favorites. Let me know if you want something specific that you can't find through Etsy or a Google search.

More Inspiration

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Rings can make amazing focals!

Rings can make amazing focals!

Use wire components to linked beaded rings for bracelets or necklaces.

Use wire components to linked beaded rings for bracelets or necklaces.

Additional Link

  • Inspirational Beading
    If you haven't already checked out this blog through one of the links above, head over there now. Type "ring a day" into the search box to see tons of neat ring designs from Mortira. She has lots of great beading tutorials on her blog, too.

Comments

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 29, 2011:

Thanks so much!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 29, 2011:

I love your toggle/loop clasps and the earrings. Thanks for all of the sites. Up and awesome.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 23, 2011:

Thanks so much Prasetio!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 22, 2011:

This was so beautiful and creative jewelry design. I'll show this to my sister. I believe she'll love this hub. Well done, my friend. You got my vote. Cheers..

Prasetio

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 22, 2011:

Carrie, I didn't learn in school either. I started teaching myself a few years ago.

Re, me too. I don't make a lot of tubular rings for closures, but I make a lot of beaded loops. Thanks! Have fun reading. :)

Re on July 22, 2011:

Happy w/myself that I learned how to use beadweaving to make my own closures on the pieces. So much fun that the same beads can be used in both! You have provided a great amount of varying information on the subject, so I am off to click, click ...

carriethomson from United Kingdom on July 22, 2011:

oh wow nice bead work, had learnt making bead jwellery when i was in school .. these designs are lovely

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 21, 2011:

Thanks Deb! I lot of them do bead up fairly quickly.

And thanks Margaret!

Splendid Little Stars on July 21, 2011:

What wonderful items and such great links! super article!

storybeader on July 21, 2011:

that's a whole bunch of links - very handy! Those rings are really neat. And it's nice, that they don't take forever to make! {:-D

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 21, 2011:

I love the tubular rings, too. Thanks!

Darlene Yager from Michigan on July 21, 2011:

I love the tubular ring the most. It seems like a good way to clasp the jewelry together. Why not use the same materials as the actual necklace, pendant, or bracelet? Nice and informative. Thanks for sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 21, 2011:

Thanks Edi!

Edi on July 21, 2011:

I have a couple of beadwoven rings and love them! You came up with lots of other great ideas for them too!