Arbor Vitae, The Tree of Life Pendant Tutorial Reversible Two Sided Tree...


It's ready!  I hope you love it, Happy Solstice!  This is a new, FREE step-by-step, Tree of Life pendant tutorial!
Click the link below and have fun!  I take you through building the frame, sculpting the tree and then joining them into this gorgeous reversible Winter Solstice pendant.
I made this new frame design so that you can cover up and not worry about all the little bitty tree wire ends! Whoot!

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Free Picture Tutorial - Part 1 - How to Wire Wrap a Designer Cabochon, Creating a One of a Kind Wire Pendant

I've been emailed several times, being asked if I could create a tutorial on how to wire wrap an un-drilled cabochon.  It's a difficult request in that most designer cabochon are not of a uniform shape or size... making the giving of exact measurements a hard thing to do.

Then I realized... more important than giving exact measurements, is to perhaps, give the 'idea' and thought process behind wrapping an un-drilled stone.  So I invite you into my studio during the creation of this pendant... and I'll share 'what I was thinking' while I built it.  I'm still a learning student of this art myself... so there might be better ways, but this is one of 'my ways' ;)

When wire wrapping, using a stone or bead WITH a hole makes 'capturing' the stone or bead, fairly easy.  You put a wire through the hole somewhere in your design process and wrap around it in a beautiful way.  Wrapping a cut cabochon, with no holes, is another matter and requires a different thought process.

The un-drilled cabochon won't stay in place or secure within the wire, unless you're able to build a 'harness' around the stone, all the while, creating a beautiful design and functional bale, in the case of a pendant.

I've put together images hoping to show this process.  I don't always have a design in mind to begin with, other than the initial bale I intend to use.  Many times that alone, will drive the rest of the creation.  Many times, the shape of the stone and any color variations it might have, will also drive the over all design.

Due to their unique shapes, using grid paper helps to keep an eye on symmetry.  Even though many of my pendants are more 'free form' than not, there is still a balance to maintain... keeping the stone centered within the pendant for example.  Re-aligning your project to grid points will help a great deal, while you work.

I hope these 'tricks and tips' of mine, help you along your creative way!
My other tutorial projects can be found for sale in my Etsy jewelry store.  I hope to see you there!

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


For stones with odd shapes, use a string, wrapped around the stone, to help measure for wire length needed.  For this project, I used four, 20 gauge, sterling silver wires for the frame, cut to 13 inches each.






I used 30 gauge sterling for wrapping wire, in various lengths throughout.  Using grid paper helps to keep your stone centered during creation and aids with symmetry throughout the design/creation process.





The stone has to be 'captured' from all sides....

'Locking down' wires along the way, helps to keep the pendant harness tight around the stone and the design stable.  Needless to say, it's also a matter of added quality, to your finished piece.

While the back side gets a bit 'sacrificed' to secure wire ends, invest the time to keep it as neat and attractive as possible.  The back side wires should also be placed with purpose, to ensure that they secure the stone into place and prevent it from 'slipping out'.








Designs in front should be created with the same in mind... they serve a decorative purpose, but also to secure the stone into place.



Bringing wires from the back to the front and from the front to the back, in decorative and elegant ways, begins to build the layers of this 'harness', around the stone.  Using this type of 'harness', leaves a lot of room for free form creativity.






Wires can be terminated either in the back of the pendant or in the front.  Either way, try to secure the end in such a way that it won't catch or shift out of place.  Longer lengths might require some type of loop to lock them into place, such as I have done in the image below.  Short tight spirals that don't have a long wire length lay much neater against the stone and don't require so much thought about 'catching' and bending out of shape.

While sides might look like they are secure, always 'jiggle' your stone with reasonable pressure to test it.  It should not slip out due to being lovingly handled :)

Do this BEFORE you cut away any remaining lengths.  You might need to add additional 'design' to secure the stone.

In this case, I created a coil and brought it down the long side of the cabochon.... I'm locking it into place, using the two decorative wires from below.  



I create a decorative loop, add a bead and bring the wire back up the front side of the cabochon.

It's locked into place along the back, using an attractive spiral.




The stone can still slip out the top of the pendant... so I use the two remaining wires from above.





Come back for Part 2 and see how this beautiful pendant is finished...

In the meantime, I hope you'll consider to visit my store for some of my other wire projects!  

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted

While this 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 on how to create these weaving patterns. 




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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!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted

Please also visit my catalog of wire jewelry 
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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New!! Focal Bead Wire Wrapped Gemstone Pendant TUTORIAL



Here is my latest free pendant tutorial!  You can find it on my Youtube channel.
I hope you enjoy!  Please remember to subscribe ;)

I've had several asking for a tutorial on simple shaping, hammering, and sanding, so I created this sweet pendant tutorial.  It uses a top, side-drilled, focal gemstone bead, but I designed the frame in such a way that you could also substitute it with a cabochon of a similar shape. 

I show a new bale design which I feel is easy for the beginner to construct and versatile as it sets you up for either a pendant bale loop or for earring loops.  The matching earring tutorial is coming soon, so keep an eye out!
Tools and Materials for this video are listed in the front of the video.

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New! Wire Wrapping Tutorial, Triskeles, How to Wire Wrap Trillion Cut Gemstones



Hey friends! It's finally done and ready for you to enjoy! A new free tutorial on my Youtube channel!
When wrapping Trillion Cut gemstones, I found the hardest part was creating the 120-degree bends in all six wires, consistently. And measure...
So I designed a grid for myself that worked so well, I made the tutorial for you. In this way, you can wrap up any size Trillion and measure for the bends easily, no matter what size it is.
The finished piece is a pretty little Triskeles pendant... which you could also attach to many frames for many different creations.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think and if you try it, please share a picture for us! I'm open to questions, any time.

Easy Knot Easy Wire Braided Earrings - Free Wire Work Step by Step Video...







Hey Friends! Here's a fun new free tutorial for Wire Braided Earrings!

Enjoy! #StayHome #Create #PerfectlyTwistedJewelry #WithMe
My online classes are opening soon.  
Enjoy my free video projects until then.
https://www.perfectlytwistedjewelry.com/free-tutorials.html

Wire Wrapping Class at Lithos Mineral, Fossil, Meteorite, Book and Hobby store in Arvada, Colorado! Perfectly Twisted Jewelry, Wire Wrapping 101

UPDATE:  The February 23rd class is sold out!!!
All next wire wrapping class schedules are located here... when you get there, SHOP / CLASSES.
We have classes through the end of May.  Hope to see you there!
I am teaching at Lithos Mineral, Fossil, Meteorite, Book and Hobby Shop as well as at the Colorado Mineral and Fossil Spring Show, coming in April.  I have classes also at the Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar coming end of April, 2019.  

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UPDATE:  This January 20th class is sold out!!!
The next class offering is Saturday February 23rd from 1pm to 5pm and will be open for registration on January 19th.  
Same place!
Lithos Mineral, Fossil, Meteorite, Book and Hobby Shop!

Registration also includes a $10 shopping coupon for Lithos!

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I'll be teaching a Beginner Wire Wrapping class 

at Lithos Mineral, Fossil, Meteorite, Book and Hobby Shop in Arvada, Colorado! Hope to see you in class!!

Sunday January 20, 2019 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

click Registration is open! 
and class details can be found at www.PerfectlyTwistedJewelry.com

Registration also includes a $10 shopping coupon for Lithos!
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You're Golden ... New for the holidays! Gold Fill and Labradorite Wire Wrapped and Weaved Pendants

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted

I've just finished up these gorgeous Labradorite, Gold Fill pendants in time for your holiday shopping!  I've added a few new trees and earrings too.

Click each image for a close up and come shop soon! 

 

 


Sale! New Pendants in Store for the Holidays! Perfeclty Twisted Jewelry Holiday Sale!

Excited to share some new things in my Etsy store, ready for the holidays!  For black friday only, I'm running a 20 Percent off sale (minimum order applies)!  Free shipping through December 31st, 2018!

Come visit the shop and find all  of your gift giving needs here!  There's nothing like giving something unique and handmade.  Thank you for supporting handmade artists as for shopping small business!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyTwisted