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 Hey hey!  Welcome and thanks for being wonderfully curious!  I hope you enjoy my newest 'freebie', I love creating for you and I love sharing with you!  Click each image to view large and enjoy your wire craft!
When you are ready and completely hooked, I hope you'll visit my Etsy jewelry store for more wonderful wire jewelry project tutorials, packed with very detailed instructions and tons of close up images.

This free wire pendant tutorial is not as detailed as the ones available from my store, but will be fun for all skill levels!  Please keep in mind that these measures are not 'exact'... I shared this project live and on the fly... please eyeball your own piece and read ahead!  ... Enjoy!

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Start with three, 20 gauge, round dead soft wires (frame wires).
A 1 inch focal bead, top drilled.
Lots of 30 g weaving wire.
Some 28 g weaving wire.

:)) Most of my work starts with 13 inches of frame wire... you'll have some trim of about 4 inches, but it will make it easier for threading through the bale and will leave room for your own creative design.

1.  Weave approximately 1.5 inches of 2 / 2 coils.  Create a nice curve, then bend a bare frame wire down and thread your focal bead.  Secure the threaded wire with a couple of wraps, then weave another 1/4 or so 2/2 coils.




2.  Switch weave pattern to 2 frame wires, 5 single coils, 4 double coils...
Do the 5 / 4 wraps until you can reach around the bead... approx 1.5 inches



3.  Use round nose pliers or a 5mm dowel and create a bend for a bale.







4.  Keep weaving 5 / 4 until you can create an attractive curve around the bead.
 5.  The weave should reach the bottom bare frame wires.
 6.  Carefully get a tight bend, backward, around the two bottom, bare frame wires.

NOTE:  I show weave beyond this bend, but at the end of this project, I actually removed the weave so don't feel you have to do it... read ahead. :))

7.  Start a new 30g wire (4 or 5 feet) and get a coil on the single bare frame wire until you reach the same bottom intersection. Make sure it curves elegantly around your bead, following the curve in the 5/4 weaved wires.

8.  Make a tight bend backward, follow the 5/4 weaved wires.

9.  This is what you should have at this point.

10.  To add texture, cut a fresh piece of 28g (new gauge to project), approximately 4 feet.  Coil up the top frame wire about 1.5 inches.

11.  Flip the piece over (pay attention now to image 'front side', 'back side')...

Use round nose, take hold at the bale and bend the coiled wire down, follow the 5/4 weaved wire.

12.  Create an elegant curve and continue coiling past the bottom intersection approx 1/2 inch,  then flip the pendant to the front side...


13.  Make a sharp bend in the coiled wire to the front side...

14.  Continue to coil until your wire will reach the top of the stone.


15.  Create an elegant curve, moving toward the bale.

16.  Secure the 28g coiled wire above the stone with one complete loop, ending on the front side of the pendant.

17.  Cut fresh 28g and wrap the two bottom bare frame wires in 5/4 pattern, 1.5 inch.


 18.  Turn the pendant over and make a sharp bend up...
 19.  Make a nice curve and feed the weaved 5/4 wires through the bale, to the front.
 20.  Press tight and flat, make sure curves are smooth. Don't cut away any frame wires yet...  Almost done...
 21.  Get lovely spirals into your mind...
Trim the top wires to liking... then make your lovely spiral designs.
 22.  Turn the pendant to the back side, pass the last coiled wire through to the front.
 23.  Turn the pendant to the front side, trim and use the wire to make additional spirals.


24.  Turn to the back side and finish the last two weaved wires....

AH HA! I changed my mind here because I weaved more than I instructed to do, so I removed some weave... decided to end it in a simple double spiral at the bottom. Yes... you CAN remove weave to adjust design... enjoy!


This is your gorgeous pendant!  Add chain, rope or lovely ribbon and enjoy!

Thanks for your support and for sharing my joy!


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Making some progress... a sneak peak at what I'm wrapping up...





This is a gorgeous piece of Imperial Jasper (at least that's the vote from several friends, I couldn't remember what the stone was as I purchased it a while ago)...


I'm using 18 gauge raw copper wires for the frame and both 28g and 30g wires for the weave.


 This is a shot of the backside.  Because this is a cut cabochon, no drill holes, I've made a spiral back to sit the stone against.

You can click each of these images for a nice close up.
And this lovely piece is unfinished, but almost there.  It's my first go at wrapping a sliced seashell.  They'll both be in the store soon... keep checking back for more progress images.  Enjoy!

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Well I've made a huge push since the holidays are quickly coming!  There are a ton of new items in my Etsy jewelry store, ready in plenty of time for your online holiday gift giving!  I ship all around the world, so have a look at what's new!  Visit my store for more items, the details and prices!  Click each image for a close up.

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Holiday Shopping! It's time to start




These beautiful, one of a kind, 
handmade wire wrapped jewelry pieces can 
be purchased from my Etsy store ... 

If you're interested in something that has already sold, please consider to contact me for a custom order.

New in my store! The Money Tree Pendant, Wire Wrapped Braided Bonsai, Peridot & Emerald beads

Just some inspiration for you, I hope!  :)) These are my latest tree creations... I expanded my Tree of Life Bonsai into a Braided Money Tree Bonsai... I consider it a tree of life also!

Enjoy the eye candy and visit my store to purchase any of these beautiful wire tree creations.  I share this basic tree design in a tutorial also!  Enjoy and thank you always, for your wonderful support and encouragement!

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New!!! TUTORIAL, The Money Tree! Wire Wrapped Pendant, DIY, Wire Jewelry Pattern, Wire Wrapped Tree of Life Pendant, a Perfectly Twisted Jewelry design




 The Money Tree IS a tree of life! ;) 
May we all have wisdom, strength, health and prosperity.

Learn how to create this gorgeous and unique wire tree pendant. There are many styles of wire wrapped trees available... many beautiful Tree of Life pendant tutorials, so I thought I'd give you something a bit different. This is a twisted, braided, Money Tree bonsai, that I hope gives you endless amounts of fun. 

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You can purchase this awesome project from my Etsy jewelry store.  Click HERE to go directly there.

This fairly simple project has 31 detailed steps, backed up with 130 clear and close 
up images, on 18 pages. I think this tutorial can be enjoyed by all skill levels, given some considerations...

Considerations:
  • There are a lot of 'twisting' wrist motions to complete this project... so, know Thyself ;)
  • You will be working with very thin wire and snipping ends. Work on a surface that can easily be cleared by simply shaking it off, such as the surface of plain paper. I work on grid paper.
  • You will be beading very small chips (approx. 3mm), make sure to have a good light source.
  • This tutorial only covers making the pendant and does not cover creating a chain or finishing one. 

Supplies: All wire is Dead Soft, Round, Copper
  • A spool of 30 gauge, copper wire (50 feet) - Sounds like a lot, but it's not - email me if you have questions about this size wire.
  • 16 gauge
  • 20 gauge
  • Several Peridot and Emerald chip beads, approx 3mm

Tools:
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Nylon Jaw pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Dowel, approx 8 to 10mm diameter (Pencil works)
  • Dowel, 1.5 x 1.5 inches in diameter (Aspirin bottle lid works, round lotion bottle, etc)
  • Optional - Hammer and Anvil



Feel free to contact me if you have questions or need help finding supplies. This tutorial is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD.

Getting Started - Before you get started making wire wrapped jewelry...

I get many emails asking what it takes to get started in this beautiful art form.  That's much more of a loaded question than one might realize as this art form, is about as endless as imagination itself.  :))

Having said that, I've decided to give a post on what I consider to be the very basics and how to figure out exactly where that 'start point' might be.

First, I'll give you the 'short cut', do it now, impulse driven, dive in method and then I'll describe the details of what it will take when you decide you're sticking with it.

It can be expensive to just dive in, considering there are tons of different tools that can be needed, depending on what type of jewelry you're interested in making.  Rings for example, require a ring mandrel.  Flattened wire requires a hammer and also then a steel bench block.  Pendants require a dowel of some sort to create a bale.

So before you buy anything, if you're brand new to making wire jewelry,

  • Think about what you want to make as your first project.  
  • Look at a ton of images on the internet for ideas and inspiration, get to know what you 'like', what you're drawn to, what excites you, to know what you might want to make.  
  • As you look at and are inspired by images, pay attention to tools and materials being used or
    information on what it would take to create such a piece.
  • See if there are 'additional skill sets' required to complete the desired project.  You might need to solder for example and if that's more than you want to learn in order to create wire jewelry, then perhaps you need to consider a different project... OR put your mind to learning soldering too! ;)
  • Learn a bit about the 'metal' and how the wire will behave. Wire comes in many gauges, shapes and tensile strengths, all good for different purposes.  
  • Learn what it takes to 'complete' a piece... does it require earring hooks?  A pendant bale?  Links, head pins, additional beads, chain, clasps?
Here are some links to my Pinterest galleries:

My Perfectly Twisted Jewelry for inspiration!
http://www.pinterest.com/izzygumbo/my-wire-jewelry/
Wire and Beaded Inspiration - A collection of other amazing wire & beaded jewelry artists and their works
http://www.pinterest.com/izzygumbo/wire-beaded-inspiration/
Wire Findings - A collection of 'beautiful finishes' on jewelry
http://www.pinterest.com/izzygumbo/wire-findings/

Be inspired by all the gorgeous beads and cabochon!
http://www.pinterest.com/izzygumbo/jewelry-supplies/

Look through free wire Jewelry patterns and tutorials:
http://www.pinterest.com/izzygumbo/jewelry-patterns-tutorials/
and remember to note the tools and materials needed (keep it simple to start with)...

Get the tools and supplies appropriate for your project.  Start with simple materials, craft or copper wires rather than precious metals, beads with holes that are easy to work with.  Visit your local hobby / craft store (Michael's or Hobby Lobby are awesome for beginner supplies).  Purchase a starter tool kit which should contain wire cutters and various pliers, find some fun and beautiful beads and any findings needed if you're not making your own.

Get a flat table cleared, some good overhead lighting or a bright table lamp and a good chair.  You're ready to dive in and just "make something!"  You'll love it and you'll find it a quickly addicting sensation, especially when you put your beautiful wire jewelry on your body!  The realization that you can make more and make anything you want, washes over you and that's all it takes... you're ready for more information on how to turn this delightful hobby into a blissful and loved art form...

Getting Started for Real...
Tools for Making Wire Wrapped and Beaded Jewelry
Jewelry Measurement, Helpful Charts
Health and Posture at the Jewelry Table
Your Jewelry Work Space

Google and study up how to make wire wrapped jewelry.   My ways are only my own suggestions based on my own experiences.  I'm self taught via Google, Youtube and several months of hunting down free tutorials, plus a few I purchased.  :))

Enjoy the exploration... there is a world of wonderful information out on the internet. Youtube offers many free jewelry making video tutorials, so look into them and enjoy!  I have a link under the header of my blog page if you're interested.  I've learned from the videos, I also scout out and update my links to other free tutorials offered by other artists.  Be sure to check back with the Pinterest links above and my blog, for new content.



Have fun!  I hope you found all this helpful.
Visit my Etsy jewelry store and shop for unique one of a kind, quality handmade wire jewelry!
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While there, visit my wire jewelry tutorials and learn to make more complex wire wrapped jewelry designs.


Getting Started - Quick Tips to help the Beginning Wire Wrapper

Hi there Ambitious!  ;))

Okay, so you're brand new to wire wrapping, but decided to give an intermediate to advanced project, a go anyway... awesome!  Here are some quick tips that might help you get your impulse started off on the right and enjoyable foot.

1.  Handling long lengths of thin wire (potentially up to 6 feet at a time)
  • Don't learn using sterling silver or gold.  Get copper or craft wire in 28 or 30 gauge.  It feels as thin as thread, but can't be handled that way.  The more the wire is 'pulled' like a thread, through other wires, the thinner and more brittle it becomes.  This will quickly cause kinking and breaking.  It's a gentle feeding of the thin wires, through tight spots that works best for me.
  • I lay the 'long end' of the wrapping wire, out over my lap, draping down the side of my chair.  I handle the 'wrapping' end, in a way akin to 'knitting' and as I work, I allow the length to work up from my side.  
  • Some folks 'loosely coil' the longer end, unraveling lengths as they wire wrap.  Find what works best for you.  The objective is to manage the thin wire so that it doesn't kink, break, knot, etc... as you work.
  • Why is it so long?  Most of the time, it's not and you can hide cut ends, but the reason I work with longer lengths is to minimize the tiny cut ends.  If making a ring shank, for example, you don't want a bunch of cut ends on the inside of the shank, next to the skin, because they have the potential to 'scratch' or poke the wearer.   Leaving cut ends on the outside, unfortunately, leaves potential for catching on clothing.  Be mindful of where you cut, if you need to cut and continue wrapping the tiny wires.


2.  Gotta make a tight spiral?

  • Use your round nose pliers to create the first one or two loops into your spiral, then use flat nose pliers to finish it up.  Using the flat nose to handle your wire, rather than the round nose, helps to prevent 'pits' along your wire.















3.  Gotta thread tiny beads onto thin wire?

You can try to pick the bead up, position the hole into your wire... OR ... you can do it the easier way and lay your tiny beads out onto some felt, then use the end of the tiny wire as a needle and pick the beads up from the felt.















4.  Your  wires came off the spool 'warped' and with some kinks...

  • If you're going to work with wire and create wire wrapped jewelry, along with your basic tool set, you might include a pair of Nylon Jaw pliers.  They can be purchased from any local craft store.  You can straighten wires with your fingers if they're thin enough, but the thicker wires are harder to get straight.  Starting with straight wires can make a big difference to the quality of your finished work.
  • Hold your wire with regular pliers in one hand and use the Nylon Jaw pliers to run down the length, giving good pressure on the wire (you don't have to strangle it) but one or two 'rubs' along the length with your Nylon Jaws will get the warps out.
  • Not only will your finished jewelry look better, but in the long run, this extra step will actually make it easier for you to wrap and weave the wires together.  It's hard to do this if the wires are warped and have irregular gaps down their length.















5.  Size your wire properly
Wire is sized in Gauges.  The lower the number, the larger the diameter of the wire.  So... 10 gauge wire is large and hard, while 30 gauge wire, is as thin as a hair.  Here is a useful link...
http://www.Wire-Sculpture.com (sighs with affection... it's where I first learned). xo









6.  Tensile Strength / Wire Hardness
Wire comes in different 'hardness' or tensile strength ... Dead Soft, Half Hard and Hard.  Most wire wrapping projects use Dead Soft wires.  The wires harden as you work with them and Dead Soft wires are pliable, easy to bend and manipulate into shape.  Hard and Half hard wires are great for 'utility' pieces such as jump rings, earring hooks and clasps that need to hold their shape under use or pressure.
Wire hardness, varies also, depending on the metal.  Sterling silver might feel different at Dead Soft than Brass.

7.  Wire comes in different shapes.  
Round, Half Round, Square and imprinted with design.  Choose the appropriate wire for your project and combine wire types to add texture to a project.

8.  Do you need to soften your thick, hard wire?
Don't be afraid to use fire.  If you don't want to get a micro torch (hand held torch), then you can also use an open flame from your stove top (if you have one and if the wire is 20 gauge or thinner)... glass coil burners won't work to apply enough heat to the metal.  A decent micro torch can be found at your local craft / hobby store or local hardware store.  They are fueled by Butane (lighter fluid, available at any local grocery, hardware or drug store).  Use care, use pliers and run the fire over the wire until you detect a color change (few seconds)... make sure to use pliers to pick the wires up and put into a water bowl for cooling down.  BE CAREFUL and learn more about heating up wire before you jump in.  The added concern will be removing the firescale from the wire (the burn).

9.  A bit of 'extra' you say?
Got a lot of 'scraps' because you're new to wire wrapping and added length to wire projects?  Yes, we've all done it and still do it... no worries!  You're a wire wrapper now... use the 2+ inch 'scraps' and make your own findings.  What are earring hooks but wires anyway!  Bracelet clasps, jump rings, head pins... all can be made with scraps of wire 2 to 6 inches long.  DON'T throw it away. Google up or check my Pinterest for free jewelry findings tutorials.

10.  Do you need to harden wire?
Dead soft wires, during wrapping, will harden naturally.  It might not be enough however, to keep that decorative spiral on the front of the stone in place.. so sometimes, we need to harden the wires.  Wires can be hardened by hammer or by tumbler.  If you made earring hooks, but used dead soft wire 'scraps', then you can harden that wire by hammering it with a ball peen jewelry hammer.  This also gives the wire texture.  Some folks toss their finished jewelry into a Tumbler (machine) to harden and polish wires after the wrapping is complete.  I don't use a Tumbler, but you can if you like.   I don't cover Tumblers... but they come with instructions. ;)




I will be adding to this post as I go and as things and questions come up, so be sure to bookmark this page and visit again soon!

Enjoy your wire wrapping!
and when you're ready... I hope you visit my store for some really fab wire wrapped jewelry tutorials.  ;)
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Some additional things before you start... you might be interested to read the next post...
http://perfectlytwistedjewelry.blogspot.com/2014/05/getting-started-before-you-get-started.html

and also, I have several free tutorials throughout my blog... please check the archives and have fun!

Free Picture Tutorial - Part 2 - How to Wire Wrap a Designer Cabochon, Creating a One of a Kind Wire Pendant

My other tutorial projects can be found for sale in my Etsy jewelry store. I hope to see you there! https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted 

While this free project is a 'visual' about design... the tutorials within my store contain all the fine details, including material information, lengths and step by step instructions for each project.  When visiting my store, please feel free to read my customer reviews!



 Click each image to enlarge and get a close up. Enjoy!


Here, we're down to the last couple of wire lengths and while they can be simply finished off, it's more fun to use them for added design.








Sometimes, the work invested is 'on the back' but pays off by 'showing' along the sides or the front.  In this case, I use the back wires to add substance to the sides and back of the pendant.

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Taking time to manipulate wires into elegant curves will make a huge difference in your finished project.  

If the curves are not elegant and contain small, out of balanced 'kinks'... use round nose pliers and a very light touch to smooth out the curves and remove the kinks.








I invest time into the back, not only to make it as attractive as I can, but also to ensure that the cabochon is held tightly within the wire.

I take a lot of pride in the fact that I don't use glue or solder to hold the stones in place.  And I take huge pleasure in knowing that they won't ever just 'fall out' either. :))
This lovely pendant can be found in my Etsy jewelry store!

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tutorials by clicking here!

I hope you had fun, I hope this gave you some new ideas and fresh inspiration!  Thanks for visiting and I'd love to hear your comments.












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