Wire weaving can be very ornate and a bit daunting to attempt if you haven't tried it before, but you shouldn't let that keep you from giving it a go. I came up with a little trick after many failures to making a more uniform bezel and I began with a simple two wire base to get myself started. This smaller teardrop stone sits very well and securely and look beautiful in this design. The teardrop is the easiest shape besides a round for beginners, but with more practice and a little tweaking I am certain it could be used for almost any shape you wish to wrap. Let's give weaving this pendant a try shall we?
Donut stones can be quite stunning, but they can be equally confusing as to how to wrap them in a complimentary way. I love this wrap because it alternates between an open stone area to a wrapped area and back and forth. I also love how it has space between the frame and the stone making feel like it is floating. It is not a wrap that hides to much of the stone and it has a modern character. So if you want to learn how to wrap a donut stone into a frame like an expert, let's get on with it!
You went to the beach and collected tones of really cute shells, beach glass and stones. No wait you went to the bead store and raided all their cool polished stones. Now what? Well here is a fun project that you can do with all those awesome treasures. A wire wrap ring that is so fun you won't be ab;e to stop making them.
I know you have all seen these gorgeous closed link bracelets and wondered, could I make that? Well yes you can, and I am going to show you how.
A closed link technique can be used to make all kinds of chain designs, from these bracelets to earrings and full necklaces. It is one technique repeated over and over to make the chain. The difficult part is remembering to capture the last bead when making the new link. But if that happens just catch it in the next link, or making a matching set of earrings to go with the bracelet or necklace.
Hook and Eye Clasp
Now follow the fish hook ear wires link and assemble them onto the shamrocks to complete your earring so you can enjoy them. If you want to add some green go to this project and create the bead link to place in between the shamrock and the ear wires. Have fun and may these fun earrings bring you happiness.
S Hook Connectors
Clasp Hook and Eye
*(Lay out all pieces in order to make it easier)
So you have a box of found objects that are collecting dust and you only bring them out once in a while when your feeling nostalgic, right? Well I decided it was time to do something great with those objects and enjoy them every day. I was inspired by a design I saw by Eva Marie Sherman and I tweaked it a bit to show more of the object and I also did a few trial runs to perfect it for my design. The technique is not difficult but the wrap can be tricky because that cool object wants to get away back into the box, But you can do it and with practice you'll be a pro in no time.
So go get that box and your tools and let's get started!
These fun earrings can be made for fall in copper or gold and with browns ,reds and dark greens or for Summer/Spring in silver with lighter greens and blues. Let your imagination go wild and make a set for every season! This is a beginner project with some difficulty.
To create the ear wires for this project, go to my tutorial Simple Fish hook Ear wires
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Wire Coil Links ( these can also be used for earrings components)
*Gently hammer all the coil links including the center piece and the S hook.
Creating the Center Coil
Making the Links and Jump rings
Creating the Hook and Eye
Hammer time and Assembly of the bracelet
Now we are ready to assemble
Making the Coil Center Piece
Making the Beaded Links
Creating the Hook and Eye
Assembling the Bracelet
Feeling you may want to learn this first hand with some help from me personally? Now you can. Join me at The Cape Cod Art Bar for a class! All materials included and you you can bring a glass of wine and some friends! I would love to meet you.
This wire wrap project is appropriate for a coin that is the size of a quarter (1"across) or a cabochon that is fairly flat and also about 1" across.
I got some of my information and the inspiration to create these directions from another artists sight. https://www.scribd.com/beadinggem Please visit this sight to get even more information on measurements for other sized coins. Or visit http://www.scribd.com/doc/91672366/How-to-Wire-Wrap-a-Coin-Pendant-Tutorial#scribd for their full instructions.
*If making something a different size you will need to change your wire length, possibly add the number of wires for bezel width (for the depth of the stone), and also use the correct size dowel for creating the frame for your bezel.
Making the Bezel
7. With half round wire wrap the three center marked areas on the square bundle wire four times each (cut ends should all be on one side and away from edges, this will be the inside/wrong side.)
9. Now wrap wire bundle around the 1” dowel starting at the center wrap with the inside/wrong side facing the dowel.
10. Place coin or stone into center of bezel and check that the wires cross at the top where the remaining marks are, if they do not, adjust them so that they do.
11. Once you get the marks correct make 90 degree angles outward from the frame on the marks (these will be the bail wires)
Setting the coin/stone
11. Using half round wire, begin to wire wrap the wire tails tightly at the base of the bezel, wrap five times around front. you may trim it if you wish or leave it attached.
12. Remove painter's tape from tails
14. Place coin or stone into bezel and hold in place with painter's tape.
15. At each bezel wrap on the frame and at the center of each side of the bail wires create small bends in the outer wire only to hold coin. Start at the bottom of the coin and go up towards the top. Do on both sides of coin. Start with top and remove painter’s tape as needed to reach bottom area. Do this carefully so not to scratch coin. Remove or adjust painter's tape when as you go.
Making the Bail
Option one (with 1/2 round trimmed)
15. Move back three to four wires closest to the front forward and gently away from the bail
16. At the bezel base place the ¼” dowel and wrap the four to five front square wires in a U shape towards the back.
17. Then wrap them under and around the bail. Trim and flatten.
18. Take remaining wires and create a swirl in towards the front, Trim and curl the ends.
Option two (with 1/2 round un-trimmed)
16. Wrap the four to five bail wires front to back around the 1/4" dowel.Use flat nose to bring them in close.
17. Wrap the bail with ½ round wire tightly, trim 1/2 round wire and re-tighten with flat nose pliers
18. Spread out the bail loops to look nice
19. Cut the back tails(4) to 3/4" , file smooth
20. Make tiny loops on small tails at the back of the coin and lay them flat against the coin
21. Finish remaining tails by filing them and curling them into soft coils or creating large loopy swirls towards the front.
9. Close jump ring.
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Always wanted to learn how to make some fun and fashionable earrings? Well lets get to it! These earrings not only have swing and a little rock and roll personality, they are fairly easy to make yourself and you can change them to suit your limitless imagination and bead supply, which ever comes first.
Supplies and Tools
4. Cut chain into 14 pieces 1"(there may be a very tiny chain left but we are losing one ring each time we cut, so do not cut them longer).
5. Slide one chain then one ball onto the hoop alternating till you have 7 chains and six balls on each hoop. Do not worry if the wire gets a little warped, you can reshape it on the shot glass if needed.
6. Now make a loop on the other end that goes around under the other loop and close it.
7. Add your DIY ear wire and you have a pair of real rock and roll earrings
Making a metal bracelet with a center bead can be done with a few tools and is a great beginner project for learning wire shaping. I love these bangles because you can stack the bracelets and they take very little time to make when you get the hang of it.
Supplies and Tools
1. Cut the 16-18 gauge wire to 4"
2. Cut the 14 gauge wire to 6 1/2(small) , 7"(medium) or 7 1/2"(large)
3. Using emery board gently round and soften the ends so they do not scratch you
4. Slide bead/s onto the 16-18 gauge wire centering the beads
5. Using the round nose pliers bend each side down about 45 degrees
6. Using the pen or pencil and your fingers if possible wrap the wire around and cross over the wire.( if you are good with round nose pliers you can do it without the pen)
7. Using the flat nose pliers wrap the wire around twice for a clean and secure conection
8. Hammer one end of the 14 gauge wire approximately 1/2" from end to flatten slightly, then using the emery board smooth out edges (If you do not have a hammer, do not panic. This step can be left out. I like to do it for a cleaner more professional look).
9. Using widest part of your round nose pliers hook the other end but do not close the loop completely yet.
10. Using the 2" round object you have wrap the wire around it to form a open circle with your loop facing out.
11.Using the round pliers make a half circle on the other end facing out.
12. Now just put bead onto open loop and close it tight. Then gently shape the bead wire to be a small arch and put on your new bangle bracelet!
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