A Perfect Symbol of Love and Life... New in my store! Tree of Life Wire Wrapped Pendants by https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted

A new grove of wire wrapped Tree of Life pendants in my store!  A perfect symbol of love and life, ready for your special someone on Valentine's Day!  Click each image to enlarge and please visit my Etsy jewelry store to purchase any of these beauties.
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FREE Visual Tutorial, Reversible Wire Wrapped Pendant, Wire Weaved Jewelry, https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted



 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.







The finished piece is available in my Etsy jewelry store...
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Christmas Holiday Gift Items in Stock! https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted

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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Click each image to enlarge

 

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.
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While there, visit my wire jewelry tutorials and learn to make more complex wire wrapped jewelry designs.