Jewelry Studio: Wire Wrapping
Christine R. Ritchey
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Compiled with advanced beginners and intermediate designers in mind, this guidebook starts with the basics of wire wrapping and builds skills progressively as aspiring crafters work through each project. The easy-to-follow instructions emphasize safety first and list all the steps required to get started, with a detailed discussion given to using tools such as pliers and wire cutters--wire wrapping does not require a soldering torch--and selecting appropriate materials such as copper, brass, and sterling silver. Finishing these stunning projects are a snap with the tips, tricks, and techniques shared within--jewelry crafters will delight in the resulting pieces that include beautiful bracelets, Celtic earrings, wire wrapped rings, and a wire-wrapped cabochon.
WIRE WRAPPING Contents Introduction: Welcome to the Jewelry Studio! 1Tools and Materials The Essential Tools Cool Tools (not essential, but nice to have) The Essential Materials 2Wire Fundamentals Safety First Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Tools Straightening Wire Practice: Jump Rings Catch and Clasp 3Basic Projects Basic Bracelet Dress-Up Bracelet Walk-Along Bracelet Variation Bow Tie Bracelet Variation Celtic Knot Bracelet Variations 4Taking Projects to
a jump ring by bending the two ends to the side with chain-nose pliers (never pull them back to widen the gap), then slide it through the loops (Figure 25). Connect the left side of one knot to right side of the next. Step 2:Close the jump ring (Figure 26). To review opening and closing jump rings please see Making Jump Rings in the Wire Fundamentals chapter. You now have the first set of connected knots (Figure 27). Continue connecting with jump rings until you have a strand of six knots.
You’ll never make it, and you’ll only add more stress to the holidays by trying. We speak from personal experience! TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TOOLS USING A TUMBLER We strongly recommend that you buy mixed stainless-steel shot to use in your tumbler. The non-stainless-steel shot is cheaper but is much more difficult to maintain. Fill the tumbler barrel with shot and water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, add a polishing liquid such as Sunsheen or several
the front of the bracelet and rotate the blade counterclockwise, which will angle the wire out (Figure 3). Repeat this on the opposite side of the bracelet, on the other side of the center wrap (Figure 4). Make the bends as symmetrical as possible. Step 4:Bring the knife blade to the back side of the bracelet and separate the second wires the same way you did the outside wires. Bend the second wires to match the outside wires (Figure 5). Step 5:Repeat on both sides of the bracelet until
the bracelet (Figure 14). Step 11:Cut the five center wires on both ends of the bracelet back 5⁄8" (1.5 cm), which will leave the two outside wires longer by 5⁄8" (1.5 cm) (Figure 15). Step 12:Tape the wires tightly together and make three wraps of half-round wire, starting about 1⁄8" (3 mm) from the end of the center wires (Figure 16). After completing three wraps, push the wraps to the end of the center wires (Figure 17). Step 13:Turn the outer wires slightly up to help keep the