Eye of the Hurricane, Wire Wrapped PendantIf I had to pick one element predominant to Florida, I’d pick hurricanes. Though they can be devastating, their immense power displays incredible beauty with a mesmerizing swirl. The primary project uses a large crystal in a ‘sew-on’ type setting, but since not everyone has access to those; variations are included for using a coin bead or plain round beads. It’s also easily adaptable from a vertical pendant, to a horizontal focal, and even to a focal/clasp on a bracelet.
My Fanciful Flowers Earrings pattern is featured in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry – WooHoo 🙂 I’ve actually known for some time, but it didn’t seem real until I saw the actual magazine for myself.
I am thrilled and honored to be included among the talented artists and designs chosen for this issue. If you don’t have a subscription to this wonderful magazine (you really should), check your local bead store, Barnes and Noble bookstore, or JoAnn Fabrics.
You can also purchase the single issue directly from Interweave.com .
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There is 15 pages with 74 full color, clear, crisp detailed photographs, which can be enlarged to more than 500% without any loss of detail or clarity, and 26 steps covering 3 variations, for both the visual and instructional learner. Almost as good as having me sitting right there with you. Measurements are given in both inches and metric.
This is a mid-level beginner tutorial – You should at least be familiar with basic jewelry tools, terminology, and simple skills such as creating a basic loop. Direct hyper links for tools and materials are provided.
Materials suggested for one basic pair of earrings (additional materials listed later in this tutorial):
One pair crystals or gems in OPEN BACK sew on settings aka Montees – size and shape is your choice. Crystals in Settings
20ga round wire, half hard.
One pair earring backs, aka ear nuts or butterfly backs.
Flat nose and/or chain nose pliers, round nose pliers.
Wire rounder aka cup bur on a stick, or file to smooth wire ends.
Ruler with millimeters.
Bail pliers, Pin Vise
20 or 21ga square ½ hard wire, standard ear wires
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Some of you may know my Mother passed away in 2005. August 1st was her birthday.
I had been wearing some of her charms just strung on a chain, and thought it time for something better. I played around making the charm holder pendant as a way to cheer myself up a bit. A friend suggested I should show people how to make it, since I wasn’t the only one (to wear charms strung on a chain). So here it is ~ I hope you like it.
7 to 12 in. (17.8 to 30.5cm) 16ga ½ hard round wire. (depending on the size of the pendant you want to make.) 2 or 3 – 6mm(or larger) jump rings.
|Cut and clean a 7 inch (17.8cm) piece of half hard round wire.With your round nose pliers grasp the wire 2 in. (5.1cm) from the end of the wire.|
|Cross the wires over the pliers, and spread them just far enough apart to create a loop.|
|Use your thumb to shape the left lobe of the heart.|
|Continue shaping the wire, until it looks something like this.|
|Hold on to the completed side of the heart, and use your thumb to shape the other lobe of the heart.|
|Slide 2 or 3 jump rings onto the shorter wire. These will act as the ‘bail’ for your pendant.|
|Use chain nose pliers to wrap the short wire around the long wire.|
|This is how your pendant should look at this point.|
|With your thumb, shape the long tail of wire into a curve.|
|With round nose pliers, grasp the wire roughly 1 inch below the wrapped wire, and bring it around the jaw of the pliers to create the bottom loop.|
|Create a hook in the end of the wire. This will be the “latch” for your charm holder.|
|Tada 🙂 Add some hammered texture and some charms and you’re good to go.|
|This is mine, though I think I might need to make a bigger one.|
Don’t forget to Wrap Happy,
So what have you been up to? Me? I’ve been writing and creating like a crazy person. (Don’t say it – you know I can hear you snicker from here, right?) I just released my newest tutorial – Back to the Beginning – Beginner Bangle Bracelet. I’ve spent a year writing this one, on and off – re-writing it – editing it….. It’s been a labor of love and a nightmare at the same time.
This tutorial was written for the absolute beginning wire worker. It’s a simplified version of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial, but by no means a lesser pattern. This bracelet pattern has evolved over the course of many years teaching students how to wire wrap for the very first time, and has paved the way for my Crystal Hoop Earrings, the Marcella Ring, and many more designs. At the back of the tutorial is tons of information on tools (with photos), wire, suppliers, and all the basic information to get you started. Almost as good as having me right there with you!
In between writing, I have taken small breaks to answer ideas that pop into my head – The Fancy Swarovski Crystal Bracelet – the Double Marcella Crystal Ring, and the Clasp Ring for arthritis sufferers – and tons of Fanciful Flowers you haven’t seen yet….. tease 🙂
So I guess enough chattin’ up for one day, and time for me to get back to work – Next up in tutorials…… Fanciful Flowers Earrings and more 🙂
Thanks for stopping by – See you next time – Don’t forget to Wrap Happy,
These wonderful hoop earrings evolved from my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet design. They can be made as big or as tiny as you like – I’ve “shrunk” them down small enough for a nose ring and of course they started as a bracelet :). This is a high-level beginner to intermediate project. The project is not complicated, but does assume you are familiar with; basic wire handling skills, such as cleaning, straightening wire, turning a basic loop, and completing a basic binding wrap.
The tutorial is available in both my Etsy Shop and on Craftsy. I hope you get a chance to check it out – while you’re there check out other fun designs you may have missed like the Knot a Ring, and Cuffs and Vines Earrings.
A friend on another forum really liked how tiny these hoops were getting, and it put the thought in my head, that maybe they would work as nose rings too. Soooooo here they are. Shae had gladly volunteered to be my guinea pig to see if they are comfortable to wear and fasten. I’ll keep ya posted 🙂
“If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your Mother told you to.” ~Unknown
After 2 computer crashes, countless re-writes, and a heavy teaching schedule, I finally finished my newest tutorial – 2 Hinged Cages and a Locket. It grew much larger than I originally planned, with 3 FULLY ILLUSTRATED variations. I seriously considered separating out the Locket variation as a stand alone tutorial, but the “leave it in” part of my brain won the toss.
This tutorial teaches you step by step how to create a basic hinged cage, with or without beaded embellishments. This is a wonderfully versatile design to hold a favorite stone, maybe a love note, or a treasured trinket. Once it is on a chain, it is virtually impossible to come open by accident.
As a bonus this tutorial also includes 2 COMPLETE step by step variations including a crossed wire and locket style cage.
The owner of a local bead shop showed me the mechanics of the hinge close to 15 years ago. A very dear friend of mine, Master Wire Worker Ed Sinclair, created a published one in 1994. He has generously given me permission to share my versions of the basic cage and a crossed wire technique that he developed years ago.
This is an advanced level tutorial – it assumes you are familiar with basic wire techniques and improvising when needed. It is 28 pages with 67 steps and over 100 crisp, clear photographs. The file size is 2.3MB.
Don’t be intimidated by the length and number of steps – This tutorial covers 3 FULLY illustrated pieces. While this is an advanced level tutorial, intermediate wire workers with a solid foundation of basic wire wrapping skills can, with patience, complete this design.
Thank you for visiting……. Bobbi
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Bhuddha
Hi All – Just finished my newest tutorial, and am really excited about it! The primary project in this tutorial is a progression of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet. It assumes you either have that tutorial, or are familiar with that style of bracelet. Only the modifications to the ends of the bracelets to fasten to the Cab Top Clasp are covered, not the entire Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial.
When finished the Cab Top creates a nearly INVISIBLE clasp.
This tutorial teaches you step by step the techniques needed to create the Cab-Top Invisible Clasp, along with variations that include the Multi-Strand Bracelet, the Watch-Top Invisible Clasp, and the Ornate Focal Clasp for necklaces. This is an advanced tutorial, though if you’re comfortable in the basic skills set, the steps are detailed enough a patient intermediate level wire worker can accomplish these projects.
I hope you get a chance to check it out! Also available in my Shops – a Bracelet Tutorial Package for both the Swarovski Crystal Bracelet and the Ornate Double-Terminated Focal/Clasp. Purchasing them together saves you 25%!
Many, many thanks to Perri J ShaktipajDesigns for her continued support, friendship, and wisdom.
Background art in the cover photo, courtesy of Sabrina.
thanks for visiting…………………..
“If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you to.” ~Unknown
The “Story Teller” is a design idea I have been working on for a very long time, as a way to “tell a story” with a beautiful piece of jewelry. This tutorial provides step by step instructions to create an interlocking hinged link bracelet with a nearly invisible clasp. 21 design ideas and elements included.
Note: Some of the design ideas in this tutorial include Corra’s Snowflake Earrings Knot tutorial, Perri’s Winter Wreaths, and Periwinkle Bead Cap tutorials. The tutorials themselves are NOT included, just the suggestions on how to use these wonderful designs. This tutorial is available in both my Artfire and Etsy shops. It will also be the background idea for an upcoming “Link Swap” on Jewelry Lessons.com
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“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” ~ Mary Lou Retton
This one was a real struggle – My camera died part way through –
Sooooo I had to bite the bullet, and get a new camera OUCH 🙁 and then re-do the images (and the tutorial pendant) several times to complete the tutorial.
I’m very happy with the way it turned out.
This tutorial teaches the techniques to wire wrap a slider style pendant, with a prong setting. It can be altered to set either a cab, or faceted stone. Modifying the gauge of wire and number of prongs, it can be used to set almost any size and shape of stone.
You can find this and my other tutorials in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy.
Thanks for taking a peek….
“It is better to fail at originality, than to succeed at imitation.” Herman Melville