Tutorials

My 3rd Tutorial – YEA :)

Fancy Band is an advanced level project, although the instructions are very clear and thorough, and I’ve had many, many beginner to intermediate students successfully complete this project. It is 15 pages, with 43 clear crisp photos, and a total file size of 963KB.

This tutorial teaches you step by step, the techniques used to create this design, some of which were inspired by Dianne Karg Baron and Mr Jorgen Greftegraff. It is wonderful design to create an elegant lasting piece of jewelry.

I do suggest you have at least the basic skills and familiarity with wire wrapping before attempting this ring. If you’d like to build your skill set first, please see my other listings for beginner and intermediate level tutorials.
Please visit My Shop for this and other tutorials, and for complete kits that are also available for this –
Thank you for stopping by – see ya soon………………
~Bobbi
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. – Albert Einstein

Swarovski Crystal Bracelet Tutorial

I’m very proud to finally offer this tutorial – it’s been a long time coming, and alot of hard work. I’ve taught wire wrapping in person for many years, but writing instructions for someone I will not be teaching in person, has been to say the least challenging. My style of writing is not as ‘formal’ as some, but after much consideration and countless re-writes, I realised I needed to stay with what I know best. This tutorial is written as if I were teaching you in person, as much as possible – since I’ve taught this in person, I know the pitfalls you’re most likely to face, and do my best to head them off -The bracelet in this tutorial is my personal favorite. It was inspired partly by my birds, my Rainbow Lories ~ Murphy, Gabby, Pluck & Feather, in particular. Everyone that I’ve taught this to, and who has made one, interprets the colors in their own way ~ as it should be.

Other beads can be used for this, in an infinite number of combinations however, square beads are easier to manage in the beginning. The techniques I’ve developed, and teach in this tutorial, create a stable ‘tough’ little bangle; and unlike some other ‘versions’ of this style, the means to create a bangle at near perfect to perfect length. After we have completed the basic style, I will walk you through an additional (really cool) variation, plus some other design ideas.Materials to create a basic 7 -7 1/2″ bracelet: I prefer GF wire, but you’re welcome to use sterling or even copper – ½ hard or dead soft. Q=the best to use? A=Use what you have.• 48″ 20g square wire • 9″ 22g wire (square or round)• 32″ 16-20g ½ round wire (I prefer the heavier gauges in ½ round wire, and ½ hard for this project – it forms crisper wraps)• Minimum 12 6mm cube crystals• Optional : 2, 4mm Bali spacers per crystal, if you don’t use spacers, you will need to increase the number of crystals needed, by 2 or 3; 1 extra cube as a ‘little helper’.

Tools: wire cutters, ruler, flat-nose pliers, round nose pliers, large round dowel or something similar for forming – optional: tape, Sharpie marker, cleaning cloth.
This is a PDF file – To view this tutorial you will need a free copy of Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here:http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html, however most computers with basic programming are already capable of reading a pdf file.

This tutorial, and others can be purchased from My Shop at Etsy. Thank you for stopping by – please visit again………………………………….
~Bobbi

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. –Bhuddha

Makes Ya Wanna Go Hmmmmmmm…….

Not to long ago, on my favorite message board ‘Evolutions In Stone’ , Blarneystone (Dan), wrote a post called “Heart Breakers – Cabagons”, in which he shared numerous photos of some real heartbreaking cabbing mishaps……getting caught on the wheel and slung across the room – chipped at the last minute – dropped on the floor during final polishing – you get the idea – boo boos, that make you cry arrrgh….. One that really made him sniffle was a favorite that ‘came apart at the seams’ Forest Fire Jasper – For some reason the stone really attracted me even in such pitiful shape – So, as bold and brassy as I can be (sometimes), – keep in my I’ve only been on EIS since the end of January this year – posted that if he still had the stone – hadn’t chucked it in the garbage, or out a window – and could put a shine on it, to send it me and “let me try and wrap it so it looks like you meant to do that”. pretty gutsy huh? I kinda had an idea in my head, but not a fully formed one, and after Dan went to a lot of trouble to glue the stone together to polish it, then get it apart, and send it to me, I started to waver in my resolve a bit. …….It had been sitting in front of me for over 3 weeks, until today when I finally decided to jump in and take a bash…..It’s not exactly what I had in my head but it I think it turned out kinda cool anyway….. You’ll have to let me know what you think…..

The whole piece is wire wrapped in 14K GF wire, including the “seam” in the stone – not an easy trick, but it worked pretty well – I have been working on forming the “seam”wire on and off since I got the stone in the mail. I think the effect I was going for would have looked better, had the seam been zig-zagged, but the break wasn’t planned, sooooo….. I also did the gold bezel around the stone, so it would look more ‘finished’ when I set it.

It’s going in the mail tomorrow, back to Dan – I only wanted to wrap it, not keep it. He sent along a few other cabs he had cut – said he couldn’t send along one sad little broken stone – I hope he thinks my work makes us even. I will have to get a piece of this for my own ‘collection’, the stone really is pretty.

Thanks for stopping by – tell me what ya think 🙂 …………………~Bobbi

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. – Bhuddha

A Little bit of Shameless Self Promotion, and……

I’ve been really busy lately ~ Through the urging and support of my really sweet friend Corra, I’ve started writing tutorials for some of my more popular pieces, and for some really vintage designs, that I dug up out of my ‘stash’ of old prototypes. I love teaching wire wrapping, and don’t get the opportunity to do so in person, as often as I’d like. Writing tutorials is the next best thing! You see my hands are badly damaged from both types of Arthritis, a car accident that sent my head through the windshield and my hands INTO the dash, and a ‘walking’ accident with my 155lb, African Mastiff, Suie (she accidentally fractured ALL the knuckles on my right hand). At some point my hands will stop working correctly; as it is gripping pliers is very painful ~ the Dr’s solution to this is to replace 5 knuckles in my left hand, and 9 knuckles in my right hand, but while that would end the pain, it would effectively end any wire work as well; I’d really like to share what I think are some great wire wrapping designs, and ideas before that happens.

My first tutorial listed is for a great pair of earrings, with a kind of ‘antique’, ‘vintage’ flair to them. I can’t wait to see what folks do with it –

In the tutorial I suggest using Sterling silver, and oxidizing them.

I made several other suggestions for variations, and am anxious to see the results.

Once I start getting some photos back, I will post them here

Please visit my Etsy Shop for this and upcoming tutorials – and there are always pretty goodies being added…

Now for a bit of the “and…….” part I mentioned in the title ~ My dear friend Corra, updated the photos for some of her tutorials,

and they are spectacular~

I tease her about sending all my pieces to her to photograph, but her being in Malaysia, and me being in US, kinda presents a problem :), although she did suggest I was welcome to visit :).

Thank you for visiting ~ please come back anytime.

~Bobbi

Persistence is the hard work that you do after you are tired of doing the hard work you already did .
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe