Oct 312017
 

Inspiration comes from so many places: nature, the work of other artists, color palettes and the like.

I’m often inspired by materials, especially when somebody has put them together in a way I wouldn’t have thought of.

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This wire wrapped bracelet, full of Czech glass beads, was inspired by a strand of beads in a recent Dollar Bead Box called “Fall Harvest Mix.” 

This bracelet is fun to wear, as several of the beads are drilled off center, making it easy to fidget and fiddle with them!

Something about the matte finish of the beads made me think of candy corn, so I had to run out yesterday to get some just for this photo shoot.

Do you love or hate candy corn? I love it until I’ve eaten too much, then I hate it… and myself, lol.

You may find these videos useful in making this bracelet:

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fall Harvest Bracelet-Wrapped Loop Beaded Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

May 082015
 

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Wrapped loops are a staple of jewelry making. They are perfect to use when your wire is finer than 22 gauge as anything less than that will not make a strong simple loop.

I love wrapped loops not only for their strength but also for the aesthetics, especially messy wraps.

In the video I show you how to make a neatly wrapped loop and also one way to conserve wire while making messy wraps.

Happy creating and enjoy the video!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Wrapped Loops video over at YouTube.

Sep 152012
 

These earrings match the necklace/bracelet I showed earlier this week.  Unlike that project, this one is super quick.  You’ll be amazed at how easy wire wrapping can be (I was!)

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If you like things a little funky, but not so long and dangly, these are perfect for you.

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And if you want to make earrings that are even less funky, just make the wraps more neatly.  Cool and elegant it is.

Materials:

  • two top-drilled pearls
  • two 8-inch pieces 22-gauge wire
  • two ear wires
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Instructions:

  1. Slide a piece of wire into hole of a pearl, leaving ½ inch sticking out on one side. Bend both wire ends up at 90-degree angle to hole of bead. Bend wires over top of bead, making a triangle shape. Bend remaining ends of wire up, perpendicular to bead hole. Trim shorter wire to 1/8 inch from bend.
  2. Bend longer remaining wire at 90-degree angle. Use round nose pliers to make a loop. Wrap remaining wire around bends and down to cover bead hole. This can be done with neat, tight wraps or in “messy wraps.”
  3. Open an ear wire; slide loop you just made on and close ear wire. Repeat for second earring.

 

Happy creating!