Doing Donuts, A New Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace Tutorial!

Where have I been?  Enjoying my doughnuts with coffee of course!  ;)

I've been hard at work designing a new pendant tutorial for you.  I've decided to use a 'donut' stone since they can be found easily and have so much potential for jewelry making!  You can get it in my Etsy Jewelry Store...

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This is a Tiger's eye stone, 1 1/4 inches in diameter, drilled and I got them at my local Michael's craft store. You can also use an undrilled stone, either will work for this tutorial.

There are two files in this project.  The first, primary file, walks you through creating a pendant harness around the stone as well as creating the bale.  The 'end result' is what you see in the two images below.  The image on the left is the 'front' of the pendant, the one on the right, the 'back' of the pendant.  You will learn two different weaving patterns used to create this piece as well as a clever way of creating the bale neck which locks your wires around the stone.  The backside will always be clean and as lovely as the front.  All wire ends will terminate as a spiral design, so there won't be any 'unsightly' ends anywhere.  This will be the base design for many fun and creative variations.


And the second Variations file, will show you exactly that!  The file is designed to be 'progressive' and will walk you through adding decorative rounds beads, as well as additional decorative wires.  Adding decorative elements will create a more intricate and complex design... yet all the steps are EASY and you'll see that with some imagination, the different styles become limitless.

The first part of the Variations file will show you how to attach decorative round copper beads.  Certainly, you can also use stone beads, Swarovski crystals, glass beads and so on!

You can stop here or continue through the Variations file and add decorative wire.  There are two different Styles and detailed instructions are included for each.

You can click each image to enlarge for a close up.

A couple sample images from the tutorial...

Learning to Solder Jewelry

No matter how many videos you watch on this... it's not as easy as it appears... at least not for me.  I mangled about 14 inches of bezel wire before I was able to get these 2 inches into a pendant.  :))  While I'd love to say I had a plan, the honest truth is, I didn't.  I was just learning how to create my own bezel and solder sheet and wires together.  Along a series of 'happy accidents', this pendant came about and I love it.  I used too large of a bezel wire for the stone width, but after I added the round wires and polished the whole piece up, I actually prefer the way it looks... a more earthy, organic or 'rustic' feel to the design, rather than technical perfection of bezel.

I used a thick gauge copper sheet, cut the pattern out by hand, fit the bezel wire to the stone, soldered them all together and then put a wide curve into the top 'point' of the copper backing to create the bale.  I added three, 18 gauge copper wires and used my handy torch to melt and ball the ends.

LOTS of hand filing and sanding to smooth the rough edges of all the copper sheet, then a soak in the Liver of Sulfur to add patina, another hand polishing and then a final seal to preserve the finish.

WHEW!  I hope you enjoy the eye candy.   Just a few more touches to the chain and a handmade clasp yet to go!

The beautiful deep blue stone I used is Lapis.  Over all, I'm pretty happy with it as  my first soldered piece.


The Latest Grove of Wire Wrapped Bonsai Tree of Life Pendants!

I've been hard at work creating new bonsai designs.  I have to admit that I love these and hope you find them inspiring!  They can be found for sale in my Etsy Jewelry Store...

Enjoy the eye candy!
Click each image to enlarge.
I've also just added two of them in sterling silver, so I've edited this post to add those...


These are moonstone on the left and Aqua Marine with Peridot on the right.
Below are several trees made of a beautiful deep orange Carnelian stone chips, Rose quartz, green Peridot, metal round ball beads and a soft purple mix in Fluorite.




New! Tree of Life, Wire Wrapped Bonsai Pendants

I just love making these and can't stop myself!  I've listed a few more wire wrapped Tree of Life, Bonsai pendants which can be found for sale in my Etsy Jewelry store.

Enjoy the eye candy and thank you for your continued support!  In order from left to right, these are Peridot, Aventurine and Carnelian stones.


More Wire Wrapped Tree of Life Bonsai for your shopping treasures!

These have been so wonderful to make and I've had quite a few emails asking 'for more'... they go pretty fast so I made a few this time and have them listed in the store, ready for your holiday shopping!  There's still time to get this unique and wonderful wire wrapped Tree of Life Bonsai into your holiday stocking!

The tree of life symbol crosses all cultures and stems back to our ancient ancestors. The sprouting seed, growing into a strong trunk and then branching off to produce 'fruit' represents the cycle of life and it's possibilities. As the tree ages, the roots grow deeper into the ground, stabilizing it against the hardships found within each season... and allowing it to survive and thrive throughout. It represents wisdom, strength, prosperity, protection, beauty and connection to our Earth.

The pendant is approximately 2.5 x 2.5 in diameter and comes with a 18 inch solid copper chain.

This unique and gorgeous Bonsai has a canopy of beautiful, deep purple Amethyst chips. 

 Click HERE to go directly to my store listing for this pendant.

The pendant is approximately 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches in diameter and comes with a 18 inch solid copper chain.

This unique and gorgeous Bonsai has a canopy of beautiful rich green and petite Peridot chips.   The solid copper wires have been hammered, oxidized, hand polished and sealed to preserve the beautiful antiqued finish.

Click HERE to go directly to this listing and see more images and other details.

The pendant is approximately 2 3/4 x 2.5 inches in diameter and comes with a 18 inch solid copper chain.

This unique and gorgeous Bonsai has a canopy of beautiful blue/green Aventurine chips. The tree cups a setting bronze colored Mother of Pearl sun.

Click HERE to visit my store listing, see more images and get the shopping details!

The pendant is approximately 2 x 2.5 inches in diameter and comes with a 18 inch solid copper chain.

This unique and gorgeous Bonsai has a canopy of beautiful, deep purple and light blue green, Fluorite chips.  Fluorite is a gorgeous stone, full of colors that range from purples to beautiful, soft blues and greens.   

Click HERE to go directly to my store listing for this pendant.

Shipping is free to customers and destinations within the US.  I accept Paypal, major credit cards as well as Etsy gift cards.  If you need these shipped to a loved one, simply email me with a destination address and let me know it's a gift.  I'm happy to get them wrapped and send them along with a gift receipt for you!

Thank you for considering my Etsy Jewelry store for your  holiday shopping!  I also offer many wire wrapped jewelry tutorials for the 'do it yourself' fan.  Each project file is an instant download and will be available to you immediately after purchase.  Enjoy the art of wire wrapping and learn to make these wonderful and unique pieces of jewelry!

More for your Christmas Shopping / Wish List!

I love the look of tribal jewelry, hammered metals and rough wire.  I've spent the week creating a new line to add to my collection of wire wrapped jewelry.  I hope you'll consider visiting my Etsy store for your last minute Christmas gift shopping!  There's still plenty of time to get something ordered, something shipped and under the tree!  Enjoy the eye candy.
I hand cut each piece of sheet metal, never using prefab forms.  I saw, I file, I hammer, I heat with a torch and I patina... then each item is hand polished and sealed to preserve the gorgeous antiqued finish.  I use quality materials and all of my heart, in each one of my designs.  I hope they're as much a treasure for you to wear as they were for me to create.



Holiday Shopping: Wishes and Gift Ideas

Thanksgiving is just around the corner as is our favorite gift giving time of year!  I've put quite a few new items up in the store to help you shop for that perfect and unique, wire wrapped jewelry gift this year.

If you're like me, you'd rather avoid the overcrowded stores, late night camping at department store doors and the possibility of a stampede when the opening hour comes.  I try to shop early in the year to avoid the crowds, but certainly, there's always the last minute shopping that I never seem to escape.

This is the beauty of online shopping!  There's still plenty of time to find the perfect gift for a special friend or loved one and plenty of time to have it shipped and wrapped for the holiday!

What better way to let someone know they're unique and special, than by giving them a one of a kind, handmade item.  Here are a few ideas from my Etsy jewelry store...

I created this gorgeous gemstone pendant out of sturdy 18 and 20 gauge solid copper wires, weaved and swirled around a AAA quality, plum colored Quartz crystal and accented with Peridot and Spinel beads. It's a sparkler without too much 'bling' . The wires have been oxidized, hand polished and sealed to preserve the beautiful and popular, antique copper finish.  It comes with an 18 inch solid copper chain and will be ready to wear upon arrival!

Click here to go directly to the store listing

This elegant and gorgeous pendant necklace is a truly unique piece of wire jewelry in that it's REVERSIBLE. This Labradorite stone is magnificent in color, cut and quality, smoothly polished and beautiful on both sides... so obviously, I had to create this pendant in such a way as to show both sides! An extra treat as it's really two pendants, in one!

Click here to view more images and discover the details about this wonderful and beautiful gift idea!

This unique and gorgeous wire wrapped Bonsai, Tree of Life pendant, has a canopy of beautiful, deep green Peridot chips and rondelles which cover a spiraling copper vortex of energy!  The tree of life symbol crosses all cultures and stems back to our ancient ancestors. The sprouting seed, growing into a strong trunk and then branching off to produce 'fruit', represents the cycle of life and abundant possibilities. It represents wisdom, strength, prosperity, protection, beauty and connection to our Earth.

Click here to visit the store listing for more images, price and details!

Out of gift ideas for that special someone who is a "Do-it-Yourself" fan? Purchase an Etsy Gift Card and have them try out one of my wire wrap jewelry tutorial projects!  I offer them as individual, downloadable, ebooks and I also offer this wonderful "Five Pack" bundle for the truly ambitious.  :)

Click here to view all of my wire jewelry tutorials and give the joy of learning how to make wire wrapped jewelry!

All items, including the tutorials can be purchased directly within my store using credit card or Paypal... the Etsy Gift Card idea is yet another way to shop with me.

I offer free shipping for all customers within the United States.  I ship USPS, Priority Mail, which is a 2 day delivery service to all US destinations. Thanks for considering my Etsy jewelry store for your holiday gift shopping this year!

A couple of new Labradorite and Copper Wire Wrapped Pendants in my Etsy Store!

I just wanted to share my latest two new pendants!  These gorgeous Labradorite stones are highly polished and flash with gorgeous colors of electric blue, lavender and gold tones.  Both of these are wrapped in solid copper wires which have been oxidized, hand polished and sealed to preserve the gorgeous antique finish.
They can be purchased in my Etsy jewelry store, along with many other wonderful and one of a kind wire wrapped jewelry!

I hope you're ready to shop for the holidays!

A fun legend about Labradorite....

According to Eskimo legend, the northern lights were once captured into the rocks and an Eskimo warrior who found them, released them into the sky with the mighty blow of a spear. Some of the lights however, remained in the stones and have come to us now in this form of the labradorite.

Enjoy the eye candy :))



Arm Chair Shopping with Family and Friends, Avoiding Black Friday Madness!

The Holidays are quickly approaching. Before you spend precious time and gas running from store to store and fighting the crowds only to find the same selection of gift ideas everywhere you go why not spend at least a few moments visiting

Etsy is an online marketplace made up of over 850,000 independently owned and operated shops that create and sell their own handmade jewelry, clothing, housewares and personal care items as well as unusual Vintage and Antique items.

By shopping with one of these independently owned artist shops from the comfort of your home you will not only find unique gift ideas but you will be helping a small business person this season.

What could be easier. Unless you take a few moments to look you will never know if the perfect gifts for the special people in your life could be found without ever leaving the house.

If you're looking for unique, handcrafted wire jewelry, I hope you'll visit my Etsy store along with the many other talented artist offerings!

New Handmade Wire Wrap Jewelry!

Another post to share my newest wire wrapped jewelry!  I hope you find inspiration in the items and I hope they inspire you to visit my Etsy jewelry store!  :))

I've also just opened up a Facebook store so if you don't care to create an Etsy account to make a purchase, I hope you'll consider to visit my Facebook store and shop there.  

I've fallen in love with designing my Bonsai version of the Tree of Life pendants!  I created these in solid copper wires which have been lightly oxidized.  In some of the pendants, I've attached an abundant canopy of Peridot, Citrine and Amethyst beads, but thought I'd also try something new too... so I made two of them with wire canopies and used rough Aqua Marine crystals for the base.  I hope you enjoy the eye candy and please let me know what you think of them!  :))  Many hugs.