Saturday, November 17, 2007
I was given the opportunity to post on our team blog a tutorial about wire-wrapping a loop. I thought I would make this a series of tutorials for those beaders who needed some lessons on wire-wrapping. I decided that my first in this series would be on how to wire-wrap a loop. I have taken pictures for each example in these easy to follow steps.
Step 1. Cut a piece of wire 4" long. Bend your wire at a 90 degree angle at 1 1/4".
Step 2. Using your round nose pliers, position your pliers at the bend and turn your wrist to form a loop.
Step 3. This step requires using both hands and 2 pair of pliers. Using your duck bill pliers, position your pliers over the loop you just made. With your needle nose pliers, grip the tail end of your wire, making sure your loop is round and your wire is at a 90 angle. Now start wrapping your wire at least 3 wraps, making sure each wrap is tight against the last wrap and that you maintain your wire at a 90 angle to keep your wire straight and even.
Step 4. Add your beads and leave about 1/4 of wire. Your space needs to be long enough to make 3 wraps between the beads and the loop, but more more than. Bend your wire 90 degrees and wrap the wire the same way as you did in step 3.
Step 5. Cut your wire tails as close as possible to the wraps and using your needle nose pliers smooth your wire ends against the wraps.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This past month I have been doing craft shows in the local area. It is important when doing a craft show to have some jewelry pieces that people will want to buy on an impulse. I always have some necklaces that are everyday, go with anything type of necklace that are priced for that type of purchase. Currently,I have several of these necklaces in my inventory and had been wanting to redesign a couple to see if they might be better and sell faster. Even, I get tired of looking at the same inventory after a while. Well, I have this great fall color necklace in 14kt gold filled wired wrapped necklace that is a simple design with red jasper oval gemstones. It didn't seem to go over as a plain Jane necklace so I decided to redesign this necklace and add a herringbone wire wrapped focal bead. I had been wanting to do this for a while and this necklace was perfect, and I had just made a pair of earrings that would go great with this necklace. So here is what I came up with. Check out my shop for additional views of this necklace and earrings. They are currently sold separately, but if you are interested in both I will give you a discount on your purchase.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Fire and Ice. This week the etsyBEAD team chose "Fire and Ice" as our weekly theme. I have a couple of jewelry pieces that are great choices for the sale. I also decided to create a new piece of jewelry for the sale. I really love to design earrings, so I decided to make a pair of earrings and oxidize them. I have been wanting to oxidize a piece of jewelry for a while. I wire-wrapped 6mm red jade gemstones along a zig zag shaped wire. I used my tumbler to harden, polish and clean the earrings. I then oxidized them to give them a great contrasting look. I named these earrings "Cherry Stix". I hope you will stop by my etsy shop to check out my sale items. I have a link provided to make it easy for you, just click on the title and it will take you to my etsy shop section "theme of the week" jewelry. Thanks again for stopping by.