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!
This twisted wire wrap technique can be used on any object. It is best for first timers to use objects that have sharp corners and are not smooth. I show both smooth and rough objects so you can see how versatile this technique can be, but smooth objects are more difficult because they want to slip even more as you wrap. Also be aware that the thicker an object is the heavier it will become, so if you like a large pendant try to use ones that are wide, but not too thick.
Optional finishes for wire end
Optional Final step- tighten the wires
I am lucky enough to live on Cape Cod so of course I love to collect beach stones and shells. I can't wait to make them into pendants and it can be a challenge to wrap them without covering to much of their beauty. I also love my pendants to be reversible if possible so not to waste any of the stones character. Many of my students also wanted to learn a style of wrap that was not to complicated and so I created this style of wrap, which I adapted from other designs I had seen by other artist. You can use this style with flatter beads and other objects as well. So let's get started!
First we must figure out the frame wire length (16 gauge)
Do not fret if you decide you back is prettier than your front because the pendant is truly reversible!
For earrings make an earwire of your choice out of 20g round wire.I have many choices in my Projects section to choose.
This technique can be used for any shape bead, even long styles, just recalculate the length of wire needed and how big a spiral you need. For a long and yet thinner beads you can spiral the wire around a dowel after making the first loop (it will look like a spring).
Everyone loves a tree of life pendant. You see them at fairs and at shops. They look so difficult to make and a bit mysterious, but I am here to show you that they can be a great do it yourself pendant for beginners to wire jewelry. With just a few tools and a bit of practice you will be making this Tree of life for all your friends, in every color imaginable.
For an optional look add a flat bead in ne wire as a moon or add a tiny bird, use your imagination and make it fun. You can also do it in wire only for a skeleton tree, add more branch wires so it won't look to spares. Or make it really large for a Christmas ornament or suncatcher.
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Another great project for those found objects, stones, shells and odd shape pieces. This pendant is simple in technique yet powerful in it's beauty. You can also tuck the wires under the base wire for a cleaner look, I got the inspiration for this pendant design from Eva Marie Sherman's Infinity wrap published in Wire Jewelry magazine February/March 2015 issue.
*For a more advanced design trim the tails 1/4" past base wires instead of wrapping them around the bail, then curl them under the base wires. Be careful not to scratch the stone or object. You can use an awl to bring the base wires away from the object to make it a bit easier. Then if stone is to loose tighten the bail wires by placing the dowel into the bail and twist until the wires tighten up around your object.
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