Wire Jewelry Start to Finish

Wire Jewelry Start to Finish

Wire Jewelry Start to Finish - Special

Wire Jewelry Start to Finish presents the fundamental wireworking techniques every jewelry maker needs to know alongside 30 earring, bracelet, necklace, and pendant projects. Inside, jewelry makers will find:  -Skill-building how-to instructions for weaving, coiling, Viking knit, braiding, making findings, and more. -A section covering chain mail, including seven different weaves, making your own jump rings, and other chain mail skills. -An inspiring gallery of beautiful wire jewelry that will stimulate every jewelry maker's creativity.

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines


wired for creativity

A line, a curve, a twist, a flourish. Form, shape, structure. From rough and rigid to moveable and malleable, the design potential inherent in a piece of wire is limitless. You can wrap it, weave it, twist it, tie it, braid it, loop it, and much more. Put flame to it to change its shape or coil and cut it to make the jump rings for a piece of chain mail. Whether you like bold, simple shapes or intricately detailed structures, wire offers an intensely flexible avenue to self expression. But you can’t expect to simply pick up a spool of wire and get it to do exactly what you want right away. Beginners and even experienced wireworkers sometimes get stymied by broken, kinked, or scratched wire. Rather than giving up, the…

working with wire

Today’s home-based jewelry maker has an amazing array of materials and tools to choose from compared to days past. A wide variety of wire is available in bead stores, at craft and hobby shops, as well as on the Internet. One can find different metals and styles of wire, including round, half-round, square, twisted, patterned, and more. Listed here is a brief description of some of the most popular wire types on the market. It is generally acceptable to mix metals in your projects. One caveat — if you’re selling your pieces, it’s imperative that you disclose the materials you’ve used. Also, you need to consider tarnish rates. While it’s not going to harm the metals to use them together, they will oxidize at different rates, and a year later, it…

basic techniques

Coiling Wire can be wrapped around a mandrel or other core to make a coil, which may be decorative, functional, or both. Wire-coiling tools like the Coiling Gizmo make the job fast and easy, but for small jobs or when you’re coiling directly onto a wire that you’ll use in your project, you can do it by hand. To make a coil, hold the coiling wire perpendicular to the core or mandrel. Wrap the wire around the core until the coil is the desired length. Keep the wraps close to each other to prevent gaps in the coil. Trimming and tucking wire When you finish wrapping one wire around another, use flush cutters to trim the wrapping wire close to your work. Whenever possible, trim and tuck wire on the back of your work…

preventing nicks and dings

After painstakingly working wire, the last thing you want is to see dents or nicks in your piece. Remember, pliers are hard and have sharp edges. Covering those edges to soften them or using alternatives to hardened steel can help you avoid marring your wire, especially if it’s colored or coated. Here are some tips for creating cleaner, more professional-looking wire jewelry. • Plain old masking tape wrapped around the jaws of your pliers will cover the edges. But blue painters tape comes off easily and leaves behind less sticky residue (a). • Moleskin or Molefoam is a soft, adhesive fabric product used to cushion your feet. Cut it to fit your pliers, remove the backing paper, and apply. Molefoam has more cushion than moleskin (b). • Try covering your wire with a…

classic curves set

Using a permanent marker, mark both jaws of your roundnose pliers at the point where they measure 2 mm in diameter. All loops and bends for these projects will be made at this point on the pliers, unless otherwise indicated. Necklace 1 Flush-cut a 23/8-in. (60 mm) piece of 14-gauge wire. Using your marked roundnose pliers, make a loop at each end of the wire, turning the loops in opposite directions (a). 2 Holding the roundnose pliers parallel to your work surface, grasp the wire just below one loop (b). Bring the wire up and around one jaw of the pliers so that the wire curves around the body of the loop (c). tip Not sure which direction to bend the wire? If the opening of the loop is on the left (as shown),…

twining wires bracelet

MATERIALS bracelet • copper wire, round - 3 in. (76 mm) 16-gauge (1.3 mm) - 112 in. (2.8 m) 20-gauge (0.8 mm) • 8 14 mm round beads • 7–8 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 4 mm inner-diameter (ID) jump rings • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers • roundnose pliers • wire cutters • steel bench block or anvil • hammer 1 Cut a 14-in. (35.6 cm) piece of 20-gauge wire. Using roundnose pliers, grasp the wire at the center, and make a wrapped loop (Basic techniques, p. 14), but do not trim the excess wrapping wire (a). 2 On the vertical wire, string a 14 mm round bead, and make another wrapped loop, but do not trim the excess wrapping wire (b). 3 Using chainnose pliers, grasp the first loop. With the wrapping wire from this loop, make five or six concentric…