Wire Jewelry Tutorials (5/6/2015)
Today, I am featuring 3 Wire Jewelry Tutorials from Rena Klingman at http://jewelrymakingjournal.com and 3 articles for wire wrap beginners by Jess at http://jewelrytutorialhq.com. They both consistently have great tutorials and informational articles on wire wrapping.
http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:14:32 -0800
This adjustable wire bracelet project involves a strip of fabric from an old T-shirt, plus seed beads and a charm to dangle. It’s fun to come up with contrasting / coordinating colors for the fabric strip and seed beads! This bangle also has a simple adjustability feature, made with looped ends sliding over the wire – allowing the bracelet to expand and contract. The looped wire ends easily slide together to make the bracelet larger (for sliding the bracelet on over your hand when putting it on).
http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:14:48 -0700
Make this easy, graceful version of a wire hook clasp. Here’s how it looks in action on the back of a necklace, but it’s also pretty enough to be the focal element on the front of a necklace. In this tutorial, I demonstrate making a clasp that has fairly open spirals. However, depending on your use of this clasp, you may prefer to make the spirals a bit less open for security.
http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:14:54 -0800
Wire can make stunning beads. In this tutorial we’ll wrap wire around a knitting needle or dowel to create a focal bead – and then embellish it with seed beads. Just one of these wire beads, strung on a cord or chain, makes a striking necklace. Before we get started, here’s a handy hint. If you find it difficult or uncomfortable to hold onto your wire that’s been wrapped around your mandrel, try this. Cut a small square of rubberized, non-skid shelf liner, and fold it over your wirework.
http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:10:20 -0700
One of the most common questions I get from readers is, “What kind of tools do I need if I want to get started making wire wrapped jewelry?” I know it can be extremely overwhelming, and there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to jewelry pliers and tools. But the good news is, you really only need 3 tools to be able to get started making wire jewelry and performing all the basic wire wrapping techniques!
http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/ Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:00:00 -0800
Today we’re going to cover which gauges of wire are generally used for which kinds of jewelry making projects. It’s important to keep in mind all the other factors as well – remember that not all materials behave the same way or are measured with the same wire gauge system. First, remember that the smaller the number, the larger the wire. Here’s our handy dandy wire gauge size chart for visual reference…
http://jewelrytutorialhq.com/ Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:19:26 -0700
Today we’re going to cover what wire hardness means and how it can affect your jewelry designs. This will help you when shopping for jewelry wire and for knowing which wire to use for which projects. If you’re having trouble working with wire and are getting frustrated, it could be because you’re working with the wrong hardness of wire for what you’re trying to accomplish. This will help, so let’s dive in!